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The Artist and the Sea

The Artist and the Sea


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:26 September 2015 - 8 May 2016
Cost: Free

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Scotland has a long and complex relationship with the sea - its landscape, history and culture have been shaped by proximity to the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean.


Over the centuries artists have responded to this influence in various ways. Some have portrayed significant maritime events such as the Battle of Trafalgar or the arrival of King George IV into Leith harbour in 1822. Some have focused on recording the day-to-day experiences of coastal communities, from the lives of the 19th century fisher families based in Newhaven to the heavy industry of 20th century shipyards. Others have responded to the mythology, folklore and traditions associated with Scotland’s seafaring heritage.  

Meanwhile, many artists have sought to capture the more elemental character of the sea, depicting its rich natural environment and unpredictable changes in mood. In these artworks, ferocious storms contrast with scenes of sublime beauty. The tensions inherent in our understanding of the sea, as a simultaneous source of wonder, industry and danger, are a recurring motif. 

The Artist & the Sea explores these themes and their interpretation by a range of different artists. Selected from the City Art Centre’s collection of historic and contemporary Scottish art, the exhibition contains examples of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Featured artists include John Bellany, William McTaggart, Joan Eardley and Elizabeth Ogilvie.



Image: Detail from The Arrival of George IV at Leith Harbour, 1822 - Thomas Buttersworth


Gallery Tours

Enjoy Spotlight tours of the exhibition with our excellent guides.

Tuesdays - 11am and 3pm
Thursdays - 11am and 3pm
Saturdays - 11am and 3pm

Please meet at reception.

There is no need to book places on the tour provided that your group comprises fewer than nine people. If your group exceeds this number, please complete our Group Visit form.
 
A portable loop system is available to amplify the speaker. The fm loop system is compatible with hearing aids with a T-switch and can be used with headphones.

There is no charge for these tours but we would be very grateful for your donation towards the upkeep of our venue and its collections. Suggested donation: £2.


 

Dark goings on in Cramond

Dark goings on in Cramond


Museum of Edinburgh
[Exhibition]

A celebration of 60 years of archaeological research at Cramond.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Dates:2 October 2015 - 27 February 2016
Cost: Free

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26 Children's Winters

26 Children's Winters


Museum of Childhood
[Exhibition]

A new exciting exhibition which captures the memories of childhood winters - tingling cold hands, rainy day boredom, the excited opening of Christmas presents and the whizz and...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:9 October 2015 - 31 March 2016
Cost: Free

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William Gear (1915 - 1997): The painter that Britain forgot

William Gear (1915 - 1997): The painter that Britain forgot


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Timed to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this major survey show seeks to position William Gear in his rightful place as one of the most advanced British abstract paint...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:24 October 2015 - 14 February 2016
Cost: Free

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Jagged Generation: William Gear’s Contemporaries and Influences

Jagged Generation: William Gear’s Contemporaries and Influences


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

The abstract painter William Gear was a significant 20th century British artist with an international reputation, but he was not an isolated maverick.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:24 October 2015 - 7 February 2016
Cost: Free

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Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986

Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

The late 1970s and 1980s witnessed the emergence of a talented generation of artists working in the UK who began to receive international attention for practices which, although...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:7 May 2016 - 3 July 2016
Cost: Free

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Stephen Collingbourne: Don’t be afraid of Pink

Stephen Collingbourne: Don’t be afraid of Pink


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Stephen Collingbourne, a former lecturer of sculpture for over 20 years at Edinburgh College of Art, now concentrates mainly on painting with oils, both on paper and wood panels...

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:7 May 2016 - 3 July 2016
Cost: Free

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