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Located in the heart of the Old College, Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art gallery of the University of Edinburgh and part of Edinburgh College of Art. With a nineteenth-century, former natural history museum and a contemporary white cube to fuel its engine, Talbot Rice Gallery is committed to exploring what the University of Edinburgh can contribute to contemporary art practice today and into the future.

Solo exhibitions provide international artists with access to the University’s research and collections, whilst conceptual group exhibitions foreground key political and social issues. Exploring borders in the age of Brexit or raising the volume on female self-empowerment, Talbot Rice Gallery positions itself at the forefront of research and creative practice. 

In recent years the Gallery has produced solo shows by John Akomfrah, David Claerbout, Jesse Jones, Rachael Maclean, Alice Neel, Emeka Ogboh, Lucy Skaer, Luc Tuymans and Samson Young.

Since 2018 the Talbot Rice Residents have been a major part the Talbot Rice Gallery and Edinburgh College of Art community. Talbot Rice Gallery plays an active role in Edinburgh College of Art, working with students throughout the year, engaging them in the programme and curatorial vision.

Open to all and with free admission, Talbot Rice Gallery’s Widening Participation programme ensures that these ideas and opportunities are shared with different community groups whilst also reaching new audiences.  Aiming to embed a love and fascination for art within people of all ages, this includes primary schools, prisons and homelessness networks. 

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Talbot Rice Residents programme

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