[update: due to a return to lockdown restrictions in Scotland and the UK, ‘The Normal’ will no longer open on the 29 January. We will advise new opening dates as soon as we are able. Please take a look at Amy Balkin’s project in case you live in Scotland and want to engage with it. Stay safe everyone!]

Greetings to all

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful galleries in 2021. After a year marked by challenges for all we are hopeful for what 2021 will bring. We are delighted to announce an exhibition programme that draws from and reflects on these challenges, and which has been shaped by the pandemic experience.

As soon as possible, we will open with The Normal – an exhibition we have been working on throughout the pandemic:

The Normal  Opening Soon - Dates TBC

Amy Balkin, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Boyle Family, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and Sascha Pohflepp, Gabrielle Goliath, Femke Herregraven, Jarsdell Solutions Ltd, Kahlil Joseph, Tonya McMullan, Sarah Rose, James Webb

The Normal is an exhibition developed in response to the “wake-up call” of Covid-19. Exploring the profound re-orientation in relation to planetary health, ideas about progress, communities and new ways of working precipitated by the pandemic, it affirms the urgent need to rethink our relationship to the biosphere we inhabit.

As part of this exhibition we are calling for contributions for A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting: if where you live is under threat from climate emergency, you are invited to contribute to a growing collection of items from places that may disappear as a result of the physical, political and economic impacts of the climate crisis. At TRG we are currently collecting items from Scotland. For more information or to get involved, please visit HERE. Contributions will permanently join the Archive, and if they arrive between now and 10 April, will become part of The Normal exhibition.


Talbot Rice Residents | Trading Zone  30 April – 29 May 2021

During May we will present an exhibition of work by our Talbot Rice Residents, all of whom are early-career artists based in Scotland. And postponed from 2020, Trading Zone, Talbot Rice Gallery’s interdisciplinary student show returns.


Angelica Mesiti  25 June – 4 September 2021

Angelica Mesiti is one of the leading Australian artists of her generation, with a body of work characterised by scientific reflection and historical research and formally involving aspects of music, dance and performance. Working with video as a space of encounter, Mesiti’s multi-sensory installations transform their environments, and at Talbot Rice Gallery will be activated against the inherent contradictions of the building’s neo-classical and contemporary galleries. Angelica Mesiti will be part of Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.


Emeka Ogboh  29 July – 29 August 2021

Commissioned by TRG in partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival, a new sound work by the Nigerian sound and installation artist Emeka Ogboh is a response to the ongoing theatre of departure as the UK prepares to leave the E.U. The Gallery is still looking for singers residing in Scotland who are natives of and fluent in the languages of the following EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia. Please contact us HERE as soon as possible if you want to get involved!


Qiu Zhijie, Lara Favaretto and Nira Pereg  1 October – 18 December 2021

The works of Qiu Zhijie, Lara Favaretto and Nira Pereg are drawn together around the idea of the monument. Fictional, momentary and paradoxical, their distinct approaches to the concept of ‘something that reminds’ act against the heavy material monuments that proliferate around the world, to describe a more momentary, imaginary or contested space.


Talbot Rice Residents
This two-year residency of emerging artists working in Scotland welcomes Renèe Helèna Browne, Ross Fleming, Emmie McLuskey, Sekai Machache and Matt Zurowski in 2021. They join Jenny Hogarth, Sarah Rose, Rae-Yen Song, Eothen Stearn and Mona Yoo in the studios of Edinburgh College of Art, and for a wide-ranging programme of workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and symposia.


Thank you to all of our friends, collaborators, colleagues, supporters, community and audience who have all shown support for each other throughout 2020. As part of our thinking within The Normal describes – it’s like the very idea of citizenship has slapped us in the face; we can work together to achieve something critical and we can be a community. We have certainly felt the force of community throughout this rough year, and are grateful to be able to reopen our galleries once more and share with you our exploration of the pandemic through art.

Wishing you all a happy and restful festive season ahead, please stay in touch with us on our social media channels and as always, stay safe.


Tessa Giblin, Director