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Inverleith House presents a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions by invited artists. They are presented on the ground and first floors of the Eighteenth Century mansion which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and engaging galleries in Europe and was formerly the founding home of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (from 1960 to 1984).

 Installation shot: Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1969 - 2014, 2014

Exhibitions are presented during Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter periods and are accompanied by a public engagement programme which may also include the presentation of exhibitions and films by artists in the lower-ground floor gallery.

All of the exhibitions are originated by Inverleith House; they usually feature new work being shown for the first time and often represent the artist's first showing in Scotland or the UK. Participation in the Programme is by invitation only.

Installation shot: Corin Sworn 2014

Our Spring programme always features an exhibition originated from the Garden's Archives of drawings, prints, photographs, manuscripts and herbarium/plant specimens - we also invite contemporary artists to make solo exhibitions to be seen alongside these (Vincent Fecteau, Cerith Wyn Evans, Louise Bourgeois, John Cage/Merce Cunningham, Rudolf Stingel, Laura Owens and Corin Sworn are examples).

Occasionally, exhibitions and events are presented in the 73 acre landscaped grounds and in the Glasshouses and Victorian Palmhouse (exhibitions by Jim Lambie, Franz West and Lothar Baumgarten and performances of compositions written for plants by John Cage are examples).

 Franz West and Heimo Zobernig, ‘Bateau Imaginaire’, 2004/13

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is the only botanic garden in the world with an active programme of exhibitions spanning contemporary visual art and botanical science. Underlying this is a recognition of the need for art, as well as science, in furthering our appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

Inverleith House is run, maintained and staffed by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and is a Flexibly Funded client organisation of Creative Scotland. Additional funding is raised in support of the Programme from charitable and commercial sources. Previous supporters have included The Henry Moore Foundations and The Elephant Trust.


Take Part

Inverleith House has a long track record of supporting students and graduates gain valuable work experience through placements, volunteering and gallery invigilating. We place regular call outs for volunteers on the Creative Scotland Opportunities pages but if you are interested in getting involved in any aspect of our programme please send a CV and brief note of interest to


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