Five exhibitions not to be missed in Edinburgh this November

There are few more beautiful cities than Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. With a medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, separated by stunning gardens, it’s a go-to destination for lovers of architecture, art and design.

Overlooking the city centre is Edinburgh Castle – home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny – and at its side is Arthur’s Seat, located in Holyrood Park. Home to more than 495,000 people, it is world-renowned for many reasons, including its Scottish art collection. So, if you’ve been seeking a reason to visit then here are five exhibitions not to be missed this month…

1. Age of Oil

View from Market Street, Aberdeen Harbour, 2015, Copyright Sue Jane Taylor, Photographer Ewen Weatherspoon

View from Market Street, Aberdeen Harbour, 2015, Copyright Sue Jane Taylor, Photographer Ewen Weatherspoon

In this contemporary art exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, artist Sue Jane Taylor explores the people and places of Scotland’s offshore energy industry. Having worked in some of the most remote and challenging environments, Sue offers a unique perspective on the relationship between art and industry, while allowing a fascinating look at life on board a North Sea oil platform.

Running until 5 November 2017 | Find out more

2. Hidden Gems

Anthony Hatwell, Vase of Flowers, 1972. © The artist’s estate. (Photo credit: Antonia Reeve)

Anthony Hatwell, Vase of Flowers, 1972. © The artist’s estate. (Photo credit: Antonia Reeve)

As we mentioned, Edinburgh’s fine art collection is vast – including over 4,800 items. Some familiar ‘old favourites’ are exhibited often, but others have rarely been seen by the public. Some of the artworks don't necessarily fit the conventions of a group exhibition, and some are from largely unknown periods of artists' careers. Whatever the reason, Hidden Gems allows these lesser-known works to see the light of day.

Running until 13 May 2018 | Find out more

3. Scotland’s Early Silver

Copyright National Museums Scotland

Copyright National Museums Scotland

Ever wanted to know more about the impact of silver during the first millennium AD? In this exhibition, you’re invited to discover the story of Scotland’s early silver and how it helped shape its origins. The country's earliest silver arrived with the Romans and had a lasting impact on local society, quickly becoming associated with prestige and power. Scotland's Early Silver is an engaging look at the country's rich history.

Running until 25 February 2018 | Find out more

4. The Fettercairn Jewel

Copyright National Museums Scotland

Copyright National Museums Scotland

If jewellery is your bag, then you’ll appreciate the opportunity to view the newly acquired and exceptionally rare jewel on display at the National Museum of Scotland. Described as an outstanding piece of 16th-century craftsmanship, the Fettercairn Jewel allows an insight into the magnificence of the Scottish Renaissance.

Running until 31 December 2017 | Find out more

5. When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood from the National Galleries of Scotland

Roger Mayne, Children playing on a lorry, Glasgow, 1958 Silver gelatine print, 28.20 x 38.20 cm © Katkin Tremayne

Roger Mayne, Children playing on a lorry, Glasgow, 1958 Silver gelatine print, 28.20 x 38.20 cm © Katkin Tremayne

Documenting the experience and representation of childhood, this exhibition coincides with Scotland’s Year of the Young Person – taking place in 2018. Using photographs from the permanent collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, When We Were Young explores not only how the experience of childhood has changed over the years, but also how the portrayal of children has shifted too.

Running until 13 May 2018 | Find out more

If you’re planning a visit to the city this year, check out What’s On Edinburgh for an invaluable guide.

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