10 of the best contemporary Scottish art galleries
Contemporary Scottish Art has long been held in high regard both here in the UK and internationally with a strong reputation for quality and originality. Here we take a wee look at some of our favourite independent go-to galleries with exceptional work from outstanding Scottish artists. Whether you are looking to start, or expand your art collection, or you simply want to know a little more about the contemporary Scottish art scene, these galleries are a fabulous place to start.
1. The Fotheringham Gallery
Located in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, The Fotheringham Gallery was established in 1997 by sisters Claire and Leigh Fotheringham. It is widely regarded as one of Scotlands most renowned galleries with a reputation for selling the very best contemporary Scottish art. The gallery shows paintings by Scotland's finest artists. The gallery also sells the exclusive collection of hand-made designer jewellery by Leigh Fotheringham.
2. The Whitehouse Gallery
Opened in 2004, The Whitehouse Gallery has firmly established itself as a leading art gallery in the region, with a nationwide reputation for exhibiting top quality Fine Art and Craft from Scotland and the UK.
Showing between 5-6 mixed exhibitions over the year, combining up-and-coming talents with some of the leading artists and makers in the country.
Besides paintings, The Whitehouse Gallery also exhibits sculpture, ceramics, wood & furniture, jewellery, glass, baskets, silver & metalwork, artist prints, artist books, cards and more.
3. The Strathearn Gallery
The Strathearn Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Crieff, established in 1994 and run by Susan Bennett. The gallery is well known for exhibiting original work from leading Scottish artists as well as supporting new and up-and-coming artists through regularly changing exhibitions. The gallery also sells a wide selection of applied art including ceramics, glass, sculpture and jewellery at a wide range of prices.
4. The Green Gallery
Established twenty eight years ago The Green Gallery has garnered a reputation for showcasing the very best contemporary Scottish paintings and applied arts. Sourcing exciting new and established artists and offering exclusive viewings and interior design support. Greengallery is located in Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, with a second shopfront gallery in Dollar.
5. Morningside Gallery
Founded in 2003, Morningside Gallery specialises in contemporary art and works closely with emerging and established artists. Seeking out, working with and mentoring painters and sculptors who display talent, skill and intrinsic creativity, the team are committed to nurturing artistic careers. Using separate areas of the gallery space, Morningside Gallery show constantly changing collections of paintings from a stable of artists and each month feature a collection of up to 20 works by one artist or a themed collection by a group of artists. 6. Gallery Heinzel
Established over 30 years, Gallery Heinzel specialises in Scottish contemporary art that reflects the team's appreciation and interest in painting and drawing. Hosting a varied annual exhibition programme based in Aberdeen's West End exhibiting original paintings, sculpture, ceramics and glass. Gallery Heinzel exhibits a range of work and styles, fostering new graduates giving early career artists the chance to exhibit in a professional space.
7. Galleria Luti
Galleria Luti, situated in the heart of the picturesque town of Callander, near the Trossachs in central Scotland, is an art gallery specialising in original pieces of art from some of Scotland's most prolific contemporary artists. Owners Marsha and Sandie Luti host a varied programme of mixed, changing and often diverse exhibitions throughout the year. Offering bold and distinctive pieces which would enhance any collection, Galleria Luti strives to offer the very best of Contemporary Scottish Art at affordable prices in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
ScotlandArt.com is a Fine Art gallery in the heart of Glasgow's City Centre and online, holding Scotland's largest gallery stock of original, fine artwork. The gallery on Bath Street in Glasgow City Centre has over 1,000 original paintings, pictures and wall art in exhibition and online.
9. Aberfeldy Gallery
Aberfeldy Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland. With an evolving exhibition of mixed work and regular individual artist shows, you can be sure to find something for you. Over 50 artists from all over Scotland take part in an ever changing exhibition of traditional, contemporary and fine art spread out over Aberfeldy Gallery's three bright rooms.
10. Gallery Q
Gallery Q Dundee represents a variety of carefully selected contemporary artists and jewellers who create original works of art. Exhibited over 2 floors, many of the artists are household names but Gallery Q also supports young emerging artists and makers across Scotland. The gallery offers a welcoming environment to view and enjoy a superb collection of original fine art, prints, ceramics, glass and art-inspired accessories.
Supporting independent galleries is a vitally important part of continuing the legacy of contemporary Scottish artists. These venues offer invaluable platforms for our hard working creative professionals, and they are a delight to wander round too.
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