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On display are three exhibitions for you to enjoy: Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936)Incoming: New Acquisitions and Tapestry: Changing Concepts. All exhibitions are free. 

In keeping with Government advice in order to protect and maintain the safety of our visitors and staff, the City Art Centre has introduced a range of new safety measures and procedures throughout the venue, including a one-way system, installation of screens at reception, hand sanitiser stations, extra barriers and signage and staff will of course be wearing visors while offering visitors a very warm, socially distanced welcome. For the safety of all staff and visitors we request that all visitors wear face coverings inside the gallery unless there is a medical exemption.

Located in the heart of Edinburgh close to Waverley train station, the City Art Centre’s aim is to champion historic and contemporary Scottish visual and applied arts.

Artworks from our Nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art are displayed on a rotating basis. Visitors can also enjoy our richly diverse programme of changing exhibitions, which include historic and modern Scottish painting and photography, as well as contemporary art and craft.

An escalator and lift provide easy access to six floors, and the Centre also houses a great shop on the ground floor. Admission is normally free, although charges apply for some temporary exhibitions. Mimi's Bakehouse is temporarily closed but there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby.


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The City of Edinburgh’s art collection is one of the finest in Scotland, and includes works by the most important Scottish artists from the 17th century to the present day. It encompasses drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture as well as paintings, and numbers over 4,500 items. 

Prints of many of the pieces in our collection can be purchased on ArtUK; below are just a few examples of our most popular images.

It is a richly diverse collection, ranging from civic portraiture to contemporary abstraction. It continues to grow, using a generous bequest left to the City in the 1960s, with a focus on acquiring contemporary work as well as filling historic gaps.

City Art Centre is Good To Go

The City Art Centre has been granted Good To Go Status, the Industry Standard mark means that our gallery has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

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Inspiring, astonishing, just perfect. Thank you. Visitor from Switzerland, August 2017

City Art Centre is a 4 star Visitor Attraction



Iasgar Mor, oil on board, by Donald Smith (1926-2014). copyright; the artist's family

Islander: the Paintings of Donald Smith

Sat 29 May to Sun 26 Sep 2021 ‘Smith’s painting remained rooted…in the real and earthy, not to say the salty, life of Lewis and its fishermen and women’. ★★★★ Duncan Macmillan,...

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Marine by Ian Hamilton Finlay

Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay

Sat 22 May to Sun 3 Oct 2021 . ‘…the exquisite care with which this show has been arranged demonstrates immediately and with utter conviction the sheer beauty of much of the work...

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