Is there anything more joyful than stepping inside an art gallery and whiling away hours admiring original artworks in person? It’s a lovely thing to do on holiday in Scotland. Or, perhaps you are looking to indulge in a spot of digital retail therapy and purchase a little something to remind you of Scotland? Either way, we’ve got lots of amazing galleries to tempt you!
You can also support artists on Facebook by searching the hashtag #ArtistSupportPledge and purchase works for under £200. Keep an eye out for studios who are members of the Own Art scheme too, which is designed to make it easy and affordable to purchase art by spreading the cost of the purchase over 10 months with an interest-free loan.
If you are a Scottish art gallery providing online services and delivery during the current situation, please let us know in the comments and we can include you in the blog.
Go on, have a little browse!
1. EA Studios, near Dundee
Situated in gorgeous Broughty Ferry, the Eduardo Alessandro Studios is housed in a former rustic cottage, which is now a restored art gallery. It showcases amazing local talent, emerging artists, and a fabulous selection of Dundee scenes and comic art. There are gift vouchers available, the perfect present for a friend or loved one, and special offers on selected pieces.
Visit EA Studios
2. Art Pistol, Glasgow
Based in West End of Glasgow, Art Pistol feature works from across Scotland and beyond, including emerging new artists from Scotland’s top art schools. The gallery specialises in affordable, original pieces and most of their collections are online so you can scroll away until you find the piece for you.
Visit Art Pistol
3. Isle 20, west coast islands
Isle 20 is a collection of west coast Scottish island businesses – from Islay to Iona, Shetland to Skye, Lewis to Lismore. All of the businesses are delivering their goods and wares at the moment. You’ll find everything from art and photography to artisan chocolate and gin on offer. Check out some of the art on sale and show your support.
4. Tolquhon Gallery, Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Since 1997, this gallery has celebrated the best Scottish fine art from the picturesque town of Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Have a look at the incredible list of artists, with classic paintings, eclectic prints and sculpture for sale. There are gift vouchers available to purchase, and free delivery at the moment.
Visit the Tolquhon Gallery
5. Artists across Dumfries & Galloway
Although Spring Fling 2020 is sadly postponed this year, the creative community in the south west are still busy producing wonderful works. The likes of Val Macadam, Ailsa Black and Susan Metcalfe all have online shops still delivering or you can browse all the studios on the Spring Fling website.
6. House of Bruar, Perthshire
This shop sells lots of lovely things, and original Scottish artwork is just one of the categories worth a look. Celebrating subjects including the rural landscape, as well as ceramics and sculpture, tempt yourself with a wee purchase – what about a wildlife painting or a moody watercolour from the list of carefully curated Scottish artists?
Visit The House of Bruar
7. Creative Orkney
Another region famed for its art scene is Orkney. It is home to a vibrant creative community, and even during these challenging times they’re still working hard and making some of the finest products that are all available for you to order online. You can still purchase a piece of Orkney from several artists, including Jane Glue, known for her misty watercolours, abstracts and beautiful birds.
Shop all Orkney arts and crafts
8. Shetland Craft Trail
Up in Shetland, there is a thriving crafting community taking inspiration from the rural landscape of the northerly archipelago. Beside amazing artworks, these islands have an iconic knitwear industry producing traditional Fairisle patterns. Add a Shetland ‘ganzie’ (the Shetland word for ‘cosy jumper’) to your basket and keep it for the winter months or purchase a unique gift from one of the businesses.
Learn more about Shetland arts and craft businesses
9. Annan Gallery, Glasgow
This little gallery tucked away in Glasgow’s West End, is full of excellent finds. There are changing exhibitions throughout the year showcasing an array of Scottish artists, and a vast online collection of paintings, sculpture and ceramics to purchase.
Visit the Annan Gallery
10. Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
This gallery in Crieff is well worth a visit for contemporary art and to admire work from up and coming Scottish artists. The gallery owners (who also run the Annan Gallery above) are passionate buyers of Scottish art and showcase some of the most exciting exhibitions and artists. They offer several shipping options for customers in Scotland and beyond. Both galleries are also part of the Own Art scheme allowing artworks to be purchased with interest-free payment plans.
Visit the Strathearn Gallery
11. Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan
With free delivery on all purchases made in the UK, this gallery is great for browsing contemporary art and fine jewellery if you’re exploring the Stirling area. Or, at home, if you’re keen to make some online purchases. From calming landscapes and tranquil watercolours to vivid and exciting abstract pieces, there’s definitely a space on your wall for one of these artworks.
Visit the Fotheringham Gallery
12. Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
In the Artists’ Town, you’ll find several places to buy eye-catching artworks. Wander into the Whitehouse Gallery to see of Dumfries & Galloway’s finest local artists fill the gallery with colour and imagination, with exhibitions all year round. It’s hard to resist purchasing a panting in this creative town, so choose something special and bring joy to your home forever.
Visit the Whitehouse Gallery
13. Saorsa Art Gallery, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
If you’re wandering around the shops in Stockbridge, dip into this gallery to catch one of the fantastic exhibitions on show. There’s always vivid and intriguing paintings to admire through the window, but take the chance to step inside and discover something new.
Visit the Saorsa Art Gallery