Outreach programmes

Art Early
Art Early Tour at Talbot Rice Gallery, 2018. Photo: Sally Jubb Photography.

Talbot Rice Gallery’s outreach activity aims to reach new audiences and maintain long-term relationships with specific community groups, promoting life-long learning and improving access to the arts. From school children, to those impacted by social issues, this activity helps different generations to recognise that the Gallery is a free public resource that is open and relevant to everyone. 

If you are interested in working with the Gallery to ensure our exhibitions are accessible to all – even if your activity doesn’t fall into one of the following categories – we would love to hear from you.

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Talbot Rice Gallery's exhibition programme is augmented by a series of events prepared by the curatorial team, combining their insight with that of University experts, artists, partners and other inspiring contributors to expand upon exhibition themes. Alongside the targeted events outlined below, TRG also pledges to offer short, introductory tours to any group of visitors at any time. With access to a wealth of academic research, creative practice, a unique collection containing thousands of artworks and precious objects, and a spirit of cross-disciplinary working and knowledge exchange, TRG is uniquely positioned to foster creative learning.

At present the gallery has a lower visitor capacity than usual and cannot host groups. However, the gallery can in some cases provide an online tour (via Zoom or other platform) and would then encourage members of a group to individually book places to visit the exhibition in person. To discuss this or other options please click here to email Curator James Clegg.

ECA group visit, Lucy Skaer 'The Green Man'
Edinburgh College of Art student group, Curator tour of 'Lucy Skaer / The Green Man' with TRG Director Tessa Giblin, 2018


At Talbot Rice Gallery, our exhibitions are not only about art! We explore subjects such as geography, politics, gender, psychology, health and wellbeing, feeding into a multitude of different lesson plans and the curriculum for excellence.

The Gallery offers introductions for young people and is open to discussion with teachers around any additional themes and activities. 

To arrange or talk about a schools event please click here to email Curator James Clegg.

'Dear Future' 2018, Royal Mile Primary School. Image courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery. The University of Edinburgh
Talbot Rice Gallery, Schools Programme: 'Dear Future' 2018, Royal Mile Primary School. Image courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery. The University of Edinburgh

Community Education

Talbot Rice Gallery works with a number of community partners to provide events for specific groups. TRG facilitates tour and workshops for further education colleges; City of Edinburgh Council adult education groups; people affected by homelessness – in collaboration with Crisis Scotland, off-site workshops at HMP Shotts prison and lunches with the Ragged University. 

If you work with a specific community group and would like to find out more about what Talbot Rice Gallery is able to offer please click here to email Curator James Clegg.


John Akomfrah, 'Vertigo Sea', 2015. Audience in front of a video still, installation view, 2017. Image courtesy The Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh.
Installation view, 'John Akomfrah / Vertigo Sea', 2017. Image courtesy Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh