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At home with Annie Lennox

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Annie Lennox, 2013. Photograph (c) Chris Watt


An exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is revealing the many faces of one of Scotland’s most iconic singers.

Aberdeen-born Annie Lennox has sold more than 80 million records to date, with hits such as Walking on Broken Glass and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of this). With eight Brit Awards, four Grammys and an Academy Award to her name, she’s also been awarded an OBE for her extensive humanitarian work.

Annie Lennox, 1991 © Satoshi Saikusa

Annie Lennox, 1991 © Satoshi Saikusa

‘The House of Annie Lennox’, a touring exhibition curated in partnership with Lennox and the V&A, showcases a wide range of musical memorabilia and personal belongings from a prolific musical career spanning three decades, including her early days in 1970’s band the Tourists, many successful years as one half of pop duo Eurythmics, and her ongoing work as a solo artist and humanitarian campaigner.

Alongside the portraits and photographs, you can sit and watch music videos in a special screening room, read handwritten song lyrics, watch a video interview, listen to an unreleased new track and admire a selection of beautiful costumes. My personal favourite – the elegantly eccentric dress and headpiece Lennox designed herself for her No More I Love You’s video.

After your visit, make sure you check out the rest of the recently refurbished Portrait Gallery’s extensive and varied collection – it’s a great place to get a sense of Scotland’s history through portraits of Scots both famous and obscure who have left their mark on the country.

Visit ‘The House of Annie Lennox’ at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD until 30th June. Admission free. Follow updates on Twitter at #ScotPortrait

Top image: Annie Lennox, 2013, Scottish National Portrait Gallery © Chris Watt


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