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For centuries, the Scottish landscape has provided artists with a potent source of inspiration. From scenes of mountains and forests to images of lochs and coastlines, the natural world attracts a range of creative responses. Urban views of towns and cities prompt equally varied interpretations, as artists explore how people have shaped their surroundings. Today our relationship with the landscape has taken on further significance, with environmental concerns over climate change and loss of biodiversity.

Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape addresses this ever-evolving subject, with a selection of historic and contemporary artworks drawn from the City Art Centre’s permanent collection of fine art. Spanning artistic production from the 18th century to present day, it includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by artists such as Alexander Nasmyth, John Lavery, SJ Peploe, William Gillies, Joan Eardley, Victoria Crowe, Frances Walker and Kate Downie. The exhibition also features several recent additions to the collection, on display for the first time.

Events programme


Thursday 21 September, 2pm - Scottish Landscapes: A New Generation - In Conversation with Siobhan McLaughlin

Thursday 25 January, 2pm - Seeking the Permanent in Nature: The Landscapes of William Gillies RSA 

Friday 2 February, 2pm - Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Life Through Landscape

Tuesday 6 February, 2pm - Keynote Victoria Crowe Lecture part 1 - Landscape: Within and Without

Friday 16 February , 2pm - Jon Schueler’s Paintings: An Encounter with Scotland

Wednesday 24 April, 2pm - Keynote Victoria Crowe Lecture, part 2: The Early Years at Kittyknowe (details tbc)

Saturday 1 June, 2pm - Keynote talk by Susan Mansfield: In Search of Joan Eardley in Glasgow and Catterline



Sunday  17 December, 2pm - 4pm - Winter Wonderland Christmas Crafts



Thursday 8 February, 7pm - Curator’s Tour of ‘Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape’



Sunday 28 January, 10.30am - 3.30pm - From Rocks to Azure Blue Seas

Saturday 10 February, 10.30am - 3.30pm - Scottish Folk Art Embroidery Workshop with Karen Thomson


General Events Celebrating Landscape


Friday 17 November, 2pm - Wish you were here

Friday 8 December, 2pm - Winter Wonderlands: Seasonal Landscapes from the National Galleries of Scotland



Saturday 17 February, 10.30am - 3.30pm - Paper Forests: Paper Sculpture Day



Saturday 24 February, 1pm and 2pm - Our annual student fashion shows inspired by our winter exhibitions



Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape. A described viewing.

Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape