One of the most attractive features of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery building is the fine array of portrait statues that decorate its flamboyant mock-Venetian exterior. And yet when the gallery was opened to the public in July 1889, not a single figure had been placed in position. Ray McKenzie, author of Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (Liverpool University Press, 2018) will look briefly at how the sculpture programme was eventually realised, and consider some of the conservation challenges that came with it.
A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.
We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.