• 24 June 2023 - 02 June 2024
  • City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
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Rocks, St Mary's, Scilly Isles, 1953, Oil on board, City Art Centre

Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape

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‚Äôs 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, alongside Barns-Graham’s dramatic Rocks, St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, 1953. The exhibition also features several recent additions to the collection, on display for the first time.