#ArtUnlocks – Scotland’s art is here for you!

All over the country this spring and summer, Scotland’s art galleries, studios, contemporary art venues and production workshops will be opening up. We’re free, we’re safe and we’re here to welcome you. Use #ArtUnlocks to spread the word that Scotland’s art is opening up and to share your art experiences. Read on for more information about what’s happening in your neighbourhood.

Currently open: 

In Orkney, The Pier Arts Centre’s current exhibition Colour Recharged – New perspectives on the Pier Arts Centre Collection is open to visitors. The exhibition is a new configuration of the organisation’s collection, focusing on colour and the joy art can offer.

On Calton Hill, the grounds of Edinburgh’s Collective Gallery are currently open for visitors. From 13th of May, they will begin to re-open gallery spaces with Christian Newby’s exhibition Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy in the City Dome building.

From 26th April

Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh will re-open with an exhibition of the work of Edinburgh-born weaver Archie Brennan. Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop! is the first major exhibition of his work.

National Galleries of Scotland will re-open the Modern Two gallery with the exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema. For those unable to visit (or unable to wait!) a digital version of the exhibition is available to view online via their website now.

Edinburgh based Arusha Gallery are very happy to be back open again presenting works from the International artists they represent.

The Modern Institute open Buttercup, Jim Lambie’s sixth solo exhibition at the Aird’s Lane gallery in person and online.

GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) is reopening to welcome visitors with pre-booked tickets.

Open from 27th April

At Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow  Legacy by Nicky Bird will be on view until the 6th of June. Street Level’s Member facilities will re-open from the 29th of April.

Patricia Fleming Gallery are ready to welcome visitors with pre-booked appointments to the gallery. They present the gallery’s first solo presentation with London-based artist Christian Newby The drum, the chime, the scrape, the splash, the jerk’.

Glasgow Print Studio have extended the retrospective exhibition John Byrne at 80 until 29th May. All works have all been produced at Glasgow Print Studio by the revered Scottish playwright, writer and artist since the early 1990s and include a selection of new and exclusive hand coloured screenprints.

Open from 28th April

In Dundee, Emma Talbot’s exhibition Ghost Call will open at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Talbot’s work explores visual autobiography, through drawing, painting, animation and three-dimensional making.

The Ingleby Gallery will open its doors to visitors who book in advance to see Glassworks by Kevin Harman.

Open from 29th April

In Dumfries and Galloway, CAMPLELINE will re-open Sara Barker’s exhibition undo the knot, with work that blurs the line between sculpture, painting and drawing, as well as between figuration and abstraction and between imagined and physical spaces.

16 Nicholson Street Gallery in Glasgow will open Meat World, a multi sensory experience group show until the 9th May, you can now book your visit online.

Feel the atmosphere of Alfie Strong ‘Spurt Burnt Off The Features. “Master, The Sun Has Gone”’ at David Dale Gallery and Studios

Open 30th April

Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow will re-open their building and resident shops, Welcome Home and Aye-Aye Books, will be open 11am – 6pm. ambi, an exhibition by Rabiya Choudhry, Fiona Jardine, Raisa Kabira & Hanneline Visnes will open to visitors on 7th May, in partnership with Glasgow School of Art.

Open 1st May 2021

V&A Dundee will welcome visitors to their new exhibition Night Fever: Designing Club Culture. It is first major exhibition exploring the relationship between club culture and design from the 1960s to today.

On the Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart will open their Courtyard Café and gardens for visitors.

Glasgow Print Studio presents A Gathering (Come Bye), an exhibition of work by Rachel Duckhouse, made in response to her RSA Residencies for Scotlandresidency in the summer of 2019. She walked the 156 miles of the Hebridean Way, from Vatersay to Stornoway, then spent two weeks in the studio at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, North Uist, reflecting on her experience of the landscape.

Open 4th May

In the east end of Glasgow, Glasgow Women’s Library will begin a phased re-opening. Visitors will be able to browse & borrow, Select and Collect or pick up a mystery book bundle.

Open 8th May

Jupiter Artland‘s grounds are currently open for visitors and on the 8th of May, the Jupiter Artland  Foundation will unveil upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop a new permanent outdoor installation by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean, alongside a solo exhibition featuring four key works from the last decade of her career.

Open 15th May

Stills Centre for Photography in Edinburgh will re-open with an exhibition of Iman Tajik’s work. The presentation will include work from The Dreamers, a series of performative photographs made during a residency at Deveron Projects.

Open 18th May

At Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, The Normal will be on view. It is a group exhibition developed in response to the “wake-up call” of Covid-19. Exploring the profound re-orientation in relation to planetary health, ideas about progress, communities and new ways of working precipitated by the pandemic.

Open 19th May

Thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of artist June Carey, and extraordinary group of high profile contemporary artists have come together in support of Art in Mind, with each artist having created their own unique image on a ceramic vase. This is an opportunity to view the pieces at Glasgow Print Studio, before they go to auction at Lyon and Turnbull on 30th May. All proceeds will be donated directly to The Scottish Association For Mental Health (SAMH)

Open 29th May – 6th June

Spring Fling is a vibrant visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway. Alongside virtual studio tours and talks, there will also be a brand new public Art Commission by Upland and the SF Pop-UP showcase, which will provide the opportunity for makers and local customers to meet, discuss and buy/sell work in a safe socially distanced manner, in line with Government COVID-19 Guidance.