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Fishink In Edinburgh Part 1

March 4, 2019

We were lucky to grab a few days up in Edinburgh last week and even decided to take the dog with us!

What a beautiful city it is. This must have been, easily my tenth visit over the years and every time I’m there, I’m reminded just how much I love it’s vibe, and the buzzy cafe/art culture.

Everywhere you look there are intreaguing little details that help paint the portrait of this city.

Talking of portraits did you know that the beautiful Scottish National Portrait Gallery (which has recently been refurbished) is showing the BP Portrait Awards at the moment.

The Gallery was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson as a shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines. It opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery.

The last few times I’ve visied Edinburgh it’s been closed, so it was great to see inside and appreciate its hidden treasures.

The portraiture prints and drawings collection consists of 20,000 prints and around 2,000 drawings and watercolours dating from the 16th century to the present day.

The print collection comprises Scottish, English and foreign sitters whereas the drawings are almost exlusively Scots.

Sculpture, painting, splendour, exhibitions, food , gifts and a bookshop…. all in one building !

It feels like your almost in a painting yourself.

Also don’t forget to drop in on the BP Portrait Awards exhibition itself.

Miriam’s portrait of her mother gained her first prize and when you see it infront of you, with it’s wonderful clarity, you can really appreciate why.

The BP Portrait Awards 2018 are open until March 10th (i.e until the end of this week) at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, hey it’s even free, so do pop in!

Two further exhibitions are featured in part two of my Edinburgh blogpost, join me on Monday to discover who they’re about.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Harris permalink
    March 4, 2019 10:43 am

    Enjoyed your Edidinburgh post. Didn’t know about the Portrait Gallery. No chance of getting there myself at the moment, but I hope to visit one day! Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • March 4, 2019 11:21 pm

      Thanks Harris for your thoughts. It’s a lovely place, well worth the trip when you can.

  2. March 4, 2019 9:23 pm

    Mariam’s portrait of her mother… just beautiful. I love the life in it.

  3. March 8, 2019 7:42 pm

    and how did they know I needed cake???

  4. March 9, 2019 12:40 am

    Wonderful post, thanks Craig! How do you find all these wonderful places though – I missed every single one when I visited!

    • March 9, 2019 12:15 pm

      Thanks Lizzie, It helps knowing an Ex Edinburgh dweller !

  5. April 22, 2019 10:45 am

    Hi Craig,

    I always enjoy reading your blog, so please keep it up!

    Jo, Hampshire UK – artist/writer/wild west & ghost nut/renaissance soul/mental health & lifestyle blogger Creating My Odyssey – Liberating the Real Me After Thirty Years Of Depression and Anxiety

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