The Art of Intelligent Ageing: Portraits of the Lothian Birth Cohort Studies by Fionna Carlisle

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  • Open Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm

  • The Fire Station
    76-78 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DE

This unique exhibition honours a remarkable group of people who sat intelligence tests as children and have been followed up as adults since 1999 to transform our understanding of ageing. Vibrant portraits reveal the personalities behind this study and will be displayed alongside scientific treasures, marrying art and science to celebrate the lives of individuals who make research possible.

Renowned portraitist Fionna Carlisle has captured the individuality and depth of her subjects using her signature style of colourful, bold brushstrokes to reflect their vitality. Her portraits execute a transformation of the sitter-as-seen, weaving the life story and spirit of the sitter into the paint.

The paintings – curated by Duncan Thomson, former Director at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – are showcased alongside scientific highlights from the study, including a 3D-printed brain and a block detailing exquisite patterns of the brain etched in crystal. A special portrait of Nobel-prize winning physicist Peter Higgs is also on display.