August 2020

Greetings to all,

We know that as lockdown eases across Scotland and the UK many people are eager to have real experiences of art again. We are too. Very eager. However, we’re all going to have to wait a little longer to meander around TRG’s beautiful galleries, as our building is prepared and essential maintenance completed. The plan is to reopen before the end of the year with the exhibition Pine’s Eye in all its glory. We’ll let you know as soon as we have a date, and what measures we’ll be putting in place to achieve a safe visit for you, so stay tuned!

Until then, you can see the full suite of videos that the exhibition’s curator has made about the artworks in Pine’s Eye here, and you can download the illustrated guide here.

During lockdown our team have also developed a children’s guide to the show, that includes ideas for projects / workshops that build on the artists' practices. You can download it here, and use them now or save them for when you can visit.

It is around this time of year that we would usually begin to welcome a wide array of students from Edinburgh College of Art and across the University of Edinburgh to the Gallery, as well as students from across Scotland. Please contact our Gallery Assistant if you would like to discuss alternative ways that we can connect digitally:

This is also the time of year we start looking for our 5 new Talbot Rice Residents. This programme will only run for 5 years, so if you’re an emerging artist who has been mulling it over, carpe diem. Visit here for full details and to apply - make haste, the deadline is the 28th August!

While we juggle our forthcoming programme around and remain committed to every artist who continues to work with us, we’ve also been developing new exhibitions and projects during lockdown – which we’ll be excited to share with you in the near future. One of these is with the artist Tonya McMullan, who is researching the diverse bounty of honey production within Edinburgh during 2020’s lockdown and abundant natural growth. If you’re a beekeeper in Edinburgh or the Lothians who would like to contribute samples we’d love to hear from you. As bleak as the times have been, the conversations we’ve been having with artists have been wholly uplifting, determined and passionate, and we’re itching to share it all with you.

Please stay in touch with us on our social media channels and as always, stay safe.


Tessa Giblin, Director