Everything you need to know about Edinburgh NT Art Month 2024

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NT Art Month will take over independent galleries in Edinburgh’s New Town for the entire month of June, showcasing Scotland’s finest creators

 words Mairi Mulhern 

Edinburgh’s New Town (the home of NT Art Month) is rich with art and design history that dates back to the 18th century. Its architecture reflects the neoclassical style of the era, with the uniformity and use of classical elements making it one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture and urban planning in the world.

This year, NT Art Month exhibitions will give a nod to this classic Georgian design and emulate Edinburgh’s modern charm by supporting long-standing independent galleries and artists of the area. Here are a few highlights – find the full list of galleries here.

&Gallery

Image of multi-layered art piece, ‘Our Blue Sierras Shone Serene’, by Emily Moore.
IMAGE | Emily Moore. Pictured is ‘Our Blue Sierras Shone Serene’ in 100 x 120cm size

Artist Emily Moore will take the spotlight at &Gallery with her multi-layered landscape paintings. She uses an amalgamation of personal images – usually photographs taken on her own travels – and directly weaves them into wooden panels. Moore builds her paintings, layer upon layer, masking and cutting out the most intricate patterns.

&Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

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The Scottish Gallery

The Scottish Gallery exterior on Dundas Street in Edinburgh
IMAGE | Andrew Perry. The Scottish Gallery exterior on Dundas Street in Edinburgh

The Scottish Gallery will host ‘Amongst the Trees’, a curation of indoor and outdoor sculpture celebrating the work of Scottish-based sculptor Andrea Geile. Alongside Geile’s work will be a contemporary, vintage and historical curation of artworks celebrating nature and our environment.

The Scottish Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday 11am-2pm.

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Powderhall Bronze Editions

The Powderhall Bronze Studio team, stood outside their studio ahead of NT Art Month
IMAGE | The Powderhall Bronze Editions

Featured artist James Howden will be showcasing a new body of sculptural work, highlighting political and social tensions in the public domain. His pieces use humour to explore societal issues including violence, war, and consumer culture.

Powderhall Bronze Editions is open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-4pm.

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The Fine Art Society

Mixed media illustration, part of the 'Gerald Laing: Myth & Muse – The Cult of Celebrity', which is the main event at The Fine Art Society for NT Art Month this year.
IMAGE | Gerald Laing. This mixed media piece is part of ‘Gerald Laing: Myth & Muse – The Cult of Celebrity’, showing at The Fine Art Society

‘Gerald Laing: Myth & Muse – The Cult of Celebrity’ is the main event at The Fine Art Society for NT Art Month this year. Drawing together work from 1962 to 2011 (the year of Laing’s death), the exhibition includes oils, bronzes, prints and preparatory drawings.

The Fine Art Society is open Monday-Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 11-2pm.

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Open Eye Gallery

Kirsty Wither's still life painting of flowers will be on show at this year's NT Art Month
IMAGE | Kirsty Wither.

Here, you will see two concurrent exhibitions from artists Kirsty Wither and Chris Bushe RSW. ‘A Layered View’ is Wither’s exhibition and will be an enhanced and colourful exploration of traditional subject matters. Chris Bushe will present a new series of recent paintings that reflect his fascination for the Hebridean islands – especially Islay, Mull and Iona.

Open Eye Gallery is open Monday 12pm-4pm and Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

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Atelier Gallery

Pictured is Atelier Gallery's poster for their NT Art Month exhibition, 'The Importance of Being Small'.
IMAGE | Atelier Gallery

Catch ‘The Importance of Being Small’ exhibition at Atelier Gallery. This collection of small paintings will highlight the significant impact that something small can have on you – especially when paired with creative framing techniques.

Atelier Gallery is open Monday 12pm-4pm and Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

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Art in Healthcare

Painting of Lady in Orange as part of the Art in Healthcare NHSA project, which brings colour to healthcare spaces.
IMAGE | Art in Healthcare. Painting is ‘Woman in Orange’, which is exhibiting as part of NT Art Month

A new addition this year, Art in Healthcare works closely with professional Scottish artists to bring brightness and creativity into health and social care environments – the idea being to make them more friendly, welcoming, and stimulating for patients, visitors and staff.

For the NT Art Month’s launch night, Art in Healthcare will be open at 18 York Place for collection tours and an opportunity to meet the team. They will also host events across the festival.

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NT Art Month’s opening night is on Thursday 6th June, from 6pm–8.30pm. The festival will be held from Friday 7th to Sunday 30th June.


Looking for more artistic inspiration? Learn about The Hugo Burge Foundation, which is celebrating art in the Scottish Borders.

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