Inverleith House -Archive
Designed in 1773 by David Henderson and built for Sir James Rocheid (1715-1787) as his family home and centre piece of his estate in 1774 at a total cost of £4,109.
Around 1820 a part of the Inverleith estate was sold to become the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
The house was gifted to the Crown in 1877 together with the surrounding land for the purpose of extending the activities of RBGE and for the enjoyment of the public.
After restoration work following a fire, Inverleith House became the official residence of the Regius Keeper (director) of RBGE.
From 1960 it housed the new Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which in 1984 moved to the building of the former John Watson's Institution in west Edinburgh.
On 4 December 1970 the house was listed as a historic building in category B, with Historic Scotland id 28081. An extension was built in 1974. Since 1986 Inverleith House has been used as exhibition space by RBGE.
Our archive of exhibitions consists of significant solo exhibitions by more than 78 leading international and Scottish artists; in reverse chronological order:
A brief history
Designed by David Henderson
Built for Sir James Rocheid in 1774 at a total cost of £4,109
Part of the Inverleith estate sold to become the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
Became the official residence of the Regius Keeper (director) of RBGE.
Housed the new Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Hhouse was listed as a historic building in category B, with Historic Scotland id 28081.
Extension was built.
Inverleith House has been used as exhibition space by RBGE.
I still believe in miracles
Raoul De Keyser: Paintings 1967 to 2012
Nicolas Party: Boys and Pastel
Autumn Screening: Anne-Marie Copestake & Duncan Marquisswith speakers Isla Leaver-Yap & Francis McKee.
Alex Dordoy: persistencebeatsresistance
Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden
Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1969 - 2014
Derek Roberts: Northern Paintings
Ciara Phillips: And More, Nature Printed and Rory McEwen: The Tweed Road
Mostly West: Franz West & Artist Collaborations
Dan Colen: The Illusion of Life
Luke Fowler with Toshiya Tsunoda and John Haynes
William McKeown (1962 - 2011)
Philip Guston: Late Paintings
Andy Hope 1930: When Dinosaurs Become Modernists
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- 350th Anniversary
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- Edinburgh Science Festival 2020
- Free entry to the Glasshouses Thanks to the National Lottery
- Book Week Scotland 2019
- Scottish Snowdrop Festival
- Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2020
- Small is Beautiful
- Weird Plants
- Art in the Regional Gardens
- Art in Edinburgh Garden
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