#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 display until 5th June.

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.

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 have re-opened 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 opened Buttercup, Jim Lambie’s sixth solo exhibition at the Aird’s Lane gallery in person and online. Until 26th May

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

At Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow Legacy by Nicky Bird will be on view until the 6th of June. Street Level’s Member facilities are 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’. Until 29th May.

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. Until 8th August.

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. Until 29th May

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. Until Jan 2022.

On the Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart will open their Courtyard Café and gardens for visitors. The House reopens to the public on 4th June and tickets go on sale on Friday 28th May.

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. Until 29th May

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

Jupiter Artland‘s grounds are currently open for visitors. On the 8th of May, the Jupiter Artland Foundation unveiled 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. Until 18th July.

In Edinburgh, Collective’s grounds are currently open and on the 13th of May, they will re-open their City Dome space with an exhibition titled Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>Radicalism>Fantasy by Christian Newby. Until 29 Aug.

At Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, The Normal will be on view until 29th August. 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.

Stills Centre for Photography in Edinburgh re-opened 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.

Art in Mind will be on display at Glasgow Print Studio. 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)

16 Nicholson Street Gallery in Glasgow have opened a new show Flock Circumstance. This exhibition presents a summation of a year-long, technology-assisted, international collaboration and you can book your visit online until the 6th June.

Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House has re opened their Gardens will open up with a new sculpture commission by artist Mick Peter, restored Fernery and new Hospitalfield Café.

Mount Florida Gallery & Studios presents a solo exhibition Gesture/Survival by the British/Canadian artist Salli Yule-Tsingas. The exhibition will include temporary sculptural installation, painting, print and collage and will flow from gallery space to garden. Until 13 June

The Ingleby Gallery has opened its doors to visitors who book in advance to see Jonathan Owen, best known for his interventions into ‘found’ antique sculptures. On show until Sat, 17 July.

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. Spring fling runs 29th May through until 6th June.

Glasgow Womens Library present No Cover Up by Ingrid Pollard.  Following a residency in 2019, the artist uses different photographic processes alongside printmaking, artist books, installation, video and audio to reveal her responses to the materials held in the Lesbian archive at Glasgow Women’s Library. Visit until 23rd July

Open 4th June

As part of #archifringe2021 Edinburgh’s Concrete Block Gallery present Floi, an audio installation which utilises data sets to manipulate recorded wildlife tracks from Scottish Peatlands. Until 11th June.

Open 8th June

Edinburgh based Arusha Gallery will present Bloodroot by artists Mary Herbert and James Owens, Until 27 June

Open 11th June – 27 June 

Glasgow International festival of contemporary visual art. The festival comprises over 70 exhibitions and events, performances and talks over 30 spaces across Glasgow and online, showcasing work by over 100 artists.

Glasgow Print Studio are preparing to present new the first major exhibition in Scotland of large-scale quilts by Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way, the collaborative powerhouse of London-based Annabelle Harty and Sheelagh Boyce, who lives and works in Glasgow. Until 31st July

Edinburgh’s Upright Gallery present Behind Every Door by Naomi McClure whose artistic process involves finding a balance between the idea and the physical form; focusing more on shape, layered surface and manipulated perspective. Until 2nd July