Celebrating the month of May with their 175th anniversary the Scottish Gallery on Dundas Street is commemorating it’s birthday with a whole host of contemporary and more historically Scottish art, with both an exhibition that speaks about their illustrious, whilst also showcasing the work of over one hundred artists, responding with small works of art.

The originality, variety and wit of this exhibition is fierce, wide-ranging from images of hot cross buns to more surreal scenes of animals working in a corner shop to the more delicate watercolour landscape. Many are working towards future exhibitions, others have not exhibited with them for some time but all are part of a community of creative people. Over fifty applied artists have also produced original, commemorative pins in an array of media, one of which actually adapts the map of Scotland. There is a wide berth here on the style, technique and application of these, supporting the Scottish crafting community as well as those in the fine art.

Their survey exhibition, which coincided, with the launch of a special publication tells the story of our distinguished history and high position in the development of Scottish contemporary art. Incorporating works by the likes of Joan Eardley, Arthur Melville, William McTaggert, and Anne Redpath, there is a fine collection of Scottish artists on display in this gallery, reminding art lovers about the influential Scottish men and women that have cultivated the art scene.

Established in South St. David Street, Edinburgh by Aitken Dott in 1842 as “Gilders, Framers, and Artists’ Colourmen”, the Scottish Gallery has long exhibited and sold work by the leading Scottish artists of the day. As all areas of the business grew, larger premises were found in Castle Street in 1860 and a new dedicated gallery space was opened in 1897 as “The Scottish Gallery” but has been found on Dundas Street since 1992.

A wonderful celebration of Scottish talent, with only a lack of exhibiting space being the disappointment, it is an insightful wonder around the Scottish Gallery until 3rd June. With these fine works hanging along with a current prolific Duncan Shanks exhibition and a Lucy Gray garden installation, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to this New Town gallery.

For more on the exhibitions, celebrations and The Scottish Gallery click here.