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Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

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  • Ended up in this place in my last few hours in Edinburgh, there were some students inside doing what appeared to me to be something like Midsummer's night dream in a dance adaptation, I am probably wr...  more »
  • I came to see the Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition and the building is really impressive, with friendly and welcoming staff. The exhibition area, which was upstairs was open and well lit with th...  more »
  • The obvious way into the Academy is from Princes Street but we came in from the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant having first visited the Scottish National Gallery. The building houses exhibitions and wor...  more »
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  • For sure a nice exhibition if you like modern art. For me not. Quite little exposed items. Then you pass underground to the building next to it. The Scottish art museum
  • I love this place because last time I was there a month ago they have me a £250 check for winning an art award.
  • Interesting recent graduate exhibition. Like one so much we bought it! It is good to know that this venue has free entry every Friday.
  • Very poor. In total contrast to the building behind it which has classical work in it of utter beauty and skill. This building is unfortunately full of modern art which looks like a drunk 5 year old tried to do a painting. I understand however that modern art is 'a work' like professional wrestling, in which the seller is simply making money by tricking a 'mark' to believe in a performance. And in that regards I cannot fault the artists as they have rubbish paintings in here for 3 grand. If I could get away with that I'd do it myself. So if you like modern art I'm sure you will love it. If not simply go to building behind for some true classical paintings.
  • Exhibitions by living Scottish artists feature here under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Academy. The building is also used for large, important exhibitions by the National Gallery of Scotland, tucked behind it on the Mound and also a wonderful place to visit.