The Scottish Modern Arts Association was founded in Edinburgh in 1907. Established by artists and their supporters, the organisation aimed to secure for the nation a representative collection of modern Scottish art. For more than fifty years, it actively acquired work by leading artists of the day, building an outstanding collection of over 300 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The majority of these artworks were transferred to the City of Edinburgh when the association disbanded in the 1960s, and they are now maintained by the City Art Centre.
National Treasure: The Scottish Modern Arts Association reveals the story of this unique organisation, and the collection it created. Featuring work by the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists, as well as individuals such as William McTaggart, John Duncan, Anne Redpath and Joan Eardley and many more, this major two-floor exhibition celebrates Scottish art at the dawn of modernism.
For families A programme of tours, workshops and lectures complement the exhibition. Visit edinburghmuseums.org.uk for more details.
Other events at City Art Centre: Don’t miss a series of FREE in-person lunchtime talks across August from artists – Kate Downie – The Art of Crossing (3 Aug, 2pm), Tessa Asquith-Lamb: Treasures and Foxes (4 Aug, 2pm) and Nicola Murray: The Eclectic Back Catalogue (5 Aug, 2pm). There’s also a lecture on George IV’s visit to Edinburgh in 1822 (22 Aug, 2pm). Visit edinburghmuseums.org.uk for more details.