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Events Programme

Inverleith House presents a broad range of events and activities throughout the year to accompany it's exhibitions programme.

We can provide informal curator's tours for visiting groups including schools, students and adult learners.

Please contact for further information and booking enquiries.



John Chamberlain, It Ain't Cheap, 1965John Chamberlain, It Ain't Cheap, 1965. Installation view, the Dan Flavin Art Institute, Bridgehampton, New York. © John Chamberlain/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo Bill Jacobson. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Opening Reception: John Chamberlain

Friday 24 July, 6-8pm. Free

We look forward to welcoming you to the opening reception of the very first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery by the great American artist John Chamberlain (1927–2011). Best known for creating vibrantly coloured, dynamic metal sculptures made from salvaged materials and car parts, this exhibition will feature key works from his early and mid-career within the gallery and will extend into the Garden's landscaped grounds with an outdoor display of the artist's late sculptures of twisted metal foil.


John Chamberlain Penthouse 46 1969 Photo David HealdImage: John Chamberlain, Penthouse #46, 1969. © John Chamber lain/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: David Heald. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

Ritzfrolic: An evening of poetry and discussion inspired by the sculptures of John Chamberlain

Friday 14 August, 6.30pm £5 / £4

Inverleith House and the Scottish Poetry Library are delighted to present an evening of poetry and discussion inspired by the work of John Chamberlain, with Jane Goldman and Alistair Rider.

John Chamberlain's use of puns, wordplay and poetic language in the naming of his sculptural works is the focus and inspiration of this event. Sometimes inspired by popular culture, arrived at through shuffling index cards or named after friends and poets, Chamberlain's divergent lexicon of titles and treatment of language offer new understandings towards the artist's process of assemblage and collage in his sculptural work.

Jane Goldman, poet and Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow has been commissioned to present a new work inspired by and relating to Chamberlain's love of language. She will be joined by Lecturer in Modern Art at the University of St Andrews, Alistair Rider for a broad discussion of Chamberlain's sculptures, his use of language and his relationship with the New York art scene of the 1950s and 60s.

Please book tickets here.


Inspired by ChamberlainImage: Small tinfoil and sponge sculptures inspired by the work of John Chamberlain. Photo: Roween Suess 

Foam Foil and Form Workshops

Sunday 16 & Saturday 29 August; Saturday 5 & Sunday 20th September, 2-4pm. Free

Explore the materials and techniques used by the artist in these drop-in Art workshops inspired by the sculptures of John Chamberlain. Experiment with colour and form by making miniature foam sculptures, sculpt with foil or create through collage, then take your art work home afterwards.

Suitable for ages 4+, Please note children must be accompanied by an adult


Goldsworthy detail Image: Slate Cone Detail by Goldsworthy. Photo: Roween Suess

Garden Sculpture Tours

Sundays 9th & 23rd August; 6th, 20th September, 2pm . Free

Join Alexander 'Twig' Champion for a meditative tour around the Garden’s outdoor sculptures including the works of John Chamberlain

The tour explores both John Chamberlain’s outdoor works installed as part of the summer exhibition in Inverleith House and the garden’s collection of outdoor sculptures, including major works by Ian Hamilton Finlay, Andy Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth and Alan Johnston.

Meet at Inverleith House reception, free all welcome. 


Image: John Chamberlain, Stuffed Dog 6, 1970. © John Chamberlain/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: David Heald. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

The Small-Scale Sculpture of John Chamberlain

Saturday 5th September, 2pm £3 / £2                               

Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds discusses the work and legacy of John Chamberlain in relation to the exhibition at Inverleith House.

Please book tickets here.


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