Opening Times:
  • Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Closed 25 & 26 December
  • RSA Upper & Lower Galleries, The Mound, EH2 2EL
  • Free Entry


Opening Times:
  • Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Closed 25 & 26 December
  • RSA Upper & Lower Galleries, The Mound, EH2 2EL
  • Free Entry

collected by the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

A partnership between the Royal Scottish Academy and the National Galleries of Scotland.  In collaboration with the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Dundee

Supported by: Museums Galleries Scotland, The Morton Charitable Trust, The Pilgrim Trust
Sponsored by:
Lyon & Turnbull



Ages of Wonder builds on the moment in 1910 when the Royal Scottish Academy transferred a number of significant works to the National Collection, securing exhibiting rights within the building shared by the two institutions today. The Academy had been a force behind the establishment of a national collection and NGS and RSA had previously coexisted in what is now the National Gallery of Scotland. Ages of Wonder reunites RSA works transferred to NGS with a selection of those remaining in the Academy’s Nationally Significant Collection and those collected by the Academy up to the present day.

The exhibition will include over 450 works by over 270 artists and architects, from the masterpiece ‘The Adoration of the Magi’ painted by Jacopo Bassano of 1540, to recent Diploma Works by Callum Innes and Alison Watt, and works commissioned for and during the exhibition by Calum Colvin, Kenny Hunter and Richard Murphy.


  • An entire gallery recreating a dado to ceiling Victorian Hang
  • A live Life School with students, live model and tutors including John Byrne, Jennifer McRae, Robert Rivers and George Donald
  • Etchings being made live on E S Lumsden’s historic etching press. Featuring Frances Walker, Paul Furneaux, Marion Smith, Stuart Duffin, Delia Baillie
  • The artist Calum Colvin bringing his studio into the gallery and creating one of his trademark photographic works
  • A newly commissioned Wunderkammer display cabinet by the architect Richard Murphy
  • A newly commissioned sculptural portrait of James Guthrie by the artist Kenny Hunter
  • A substantial new, fully illustrated publication on the Academy’s collections, edited by Tom Normand

The exhibition will explore eras and areas of the Academy’s collecting, recreating conventions of exhibiting from the Contemporary, Modern and Victorian periods. Outwith the period hangs, the exhibition will feature a unique mix of contemporary and historic work, including some of the most significant works collected by and for Scottish art and artists in the last 200 years.


Live Life Classes in the galleries
10.30 to 12pm and 1 to 2.30pm on Thursdays during the exhibition (except Thu 28th Dec)
Gallery 1, RSA Upper Galleries. Open to the public

A chance to view life drawing classes in progress in the gallery featuring a live model and some of Scotland’s best emerging artists in life drawing. Led by the RSA’s own expert in anatomy George Donald RSA; with guest tutors John Byrne RSA, Jennifer McRae RSA and Robert Rivers.

Live Etching in the galleries
6 sessions of up to 3 days during the exhibition
Finlay Room, RSA Lower Galleries. Open to the public

Live printmaking in the galleries on Ernest S Lumsden’s historic star wheel etching press (the first piece of working machinery to join the collections). New editions will be printed by technician Leena Nammari, from artists Frances Walker, Paul Furneaux, Marion Smith, Stuart Duffin, Delia Baillie

Calum Colvin studio installation
Artist in residence for 2 days every week during the exhibition (days tbc)
South Octagon, RSA Lower Galleries. Open to the public

Join Calum Colvin as he brings his studio into the galleries, building an installation and creating one of his signature photographic works.

Academies and Collecting Symposium
Friday 3 November, 3 to 4.30pm
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre. Free but ticketed.

Join the Presidents of the national academies of Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Pennsylvania, USA for a discussion on the past, present and future of Academies and collecting.

Professor Dame Sue Black DBE, FRSE, HRSA: Art and anatomy – a marriage made in heaven.
Monday 13 November. 7 to 8.30pm. 
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre.  Click here for ticket details.

This presentation will consider how the relationship between anatomy and its portrayal in a visual form has changed with time. From early manuscripts to today’s 3-dimensional augmented reality, the bond has never been stronger.



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