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Original prints by established and new names, both local and international, are on display and for sale at this specialist gallery, founded in 1972. If you'd like a Scottish injection to your art collection, this is the place to visit as it's one of the UK's biggest publishers of original prints. Galleries one and two are purely exhibition spaces but gallery three is a commercial outlet, selling prints, etchings and lithographs by over 300 artists. A workshop is also on the premises and anyone who has sufficient experience in printmaking is allowed to use it.
The center is based in the building where this great Victorian missionary and explorer was actually born in 1813, at Blantyre on Glasgow's southern fringe. There is a museum here housing an art gallery as well as a social history exhibition and an animated display for children. Many of Livingstone's personal belongings are on show and the one-room apartment which he lived in as a child remains mostly unchanged. The center also has an African themed tea room, gift shop, a jungle garden and playground. For more details, call ahead on +44 844 493 2207
Pronounced as ya-lin which is the Gaelic word for Art, the Ealain Gallery is located in the town of Drymen. This gallery boasts some of the most beautiful and unusual Scottish contemporary art. Not just paintings, you can also see their glass-works, ceramics, pottery, jewelry and more. Whiskey tastings are a regular occurrence so here is your chance to simultaneously sample some Scottish whiskey and art.
Hidden behind the Usher Hall and the Traverse Theatre, these two sister galleries are recent additions to Edinburgh's burgeoning art scene - and very smart they are too. The smaller of the two galleries lends itself well to exhibitions of paintings, whilst the larger is great for mixed shows. The ethos is predominately contemporary, with local and new artists featured in changing exhibitions. All of these items are for sale. It is not open permanently - check that there's a show on before arranging a visit.
The Randolph Gallery is hugely popular among up coming artists and enthusiasts alike. Randolph Gallery showcases contemporary realistic and surrealistic art work. Artists like Alison Dunlop, Stephanie Rew and Hilary Scott, have exhibited their oil paintings out here. Check out James Fairgrieve and Tom Allan's work, which is much sought after. If you like sculptures, then James Leggat's Portland sculptures are certainly worth mentioning. The gallery conducts ten solo exhibitions of local and Scottish artists every year, where budding talent is nurtured and promoted.
A warm, fun atmosphere and helpful, friendly staff make this center a real treat for the uninitiated and experienced brass rubber. Celtic designs and informative guides provide artistic inspiration and easy to use kits are available to get you started. The ecclesiastical location, in the Trinity Apse of the former Gothic Trinity College Church (founded around 1460), enhances the soothing nature of the activity. Admission is free but costs to make a rubbing.
Tucked away in the former Holyrood Free Church, Queen's Gallery is an art gallery exhibiting the Royal Collection. After becoming redundant as a church in 1915, the building was used as a storeroom. Later, it was converted and opened in 2002 as a gallery by Queen Elizabeth II.