Artists at Work 2 is now open at the Portrait Gallery

Staff from the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) take part in a collective exhibition entitled Artists at work 2 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition celebrates the creative talents of over 100 staff working in the organization and runs until February 2023. It is a celebration of the passion and skills of a team charged with caring and sharing the national art collection for the world.

The exhibition presents a wide range of artistic disciplines, from painting, drawing, illustration and photography to sculpture and jewelry making. All are created by gallery attendants, restaurateurs, and retail team employees and others. The exhibition follows the success of the first Artists at work exhibition in 2018.

artist at work the curators launched an open call submission internally to the organization earlier this year and were amazed at the response. There are 121 artists exhibiting in the show with 157 works on display. Each work comes with information tags that offer insight into the artist, their methods, their process, and how their concept came about. There was no prescriptive theme for the open call which allowed artists to choose art forms and concepts that are personal to their own artistic style and thematic goals. Themes range from realism to surrealism, the natural world around us, and some choose to celebrate topics such as gender and identity with their own personal inflections. From self-portraits to local landscapes, from photographic observations of life in lockdown to interpretations of pop culture – Artists at work 2 is a selection of artistic talent, colorful reflections and thoughtful interpretations.

The curatorial team responsible for the exhibition is also an exhibitor itself. Project leaders were Darren Duddy and Victoria Gazeley with Aitor Moncho Tudanca (visiting assistant) and Silvia Baarlam (gallery keeper, Scottish National Portrait Gallery) working alongside them to coordinate the exhibition.

NGS Gallery Shift Attendant, Victoria Gazeley who co-curated and contributed to the exhibition, said: “We are delighted to welcome this exhibition to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The work on display represents the vast talents of colleagues at the National Galleries of Scotland and we are delighted to offer a platform to bring it to light. Following the popularity of our first Artists at work exhibition in 2018, we seek to dazzle our audiences once again in a gallery space that matches our growing ambitions. Many talented artists work within our organization and this exhibition is a wonderful way to celebrate their creativity.

Darren Duddy, co-curator and conservation technician at NGS, said: “A gallery is more than just a building and the artworks it contains. It’s also about people. This exhibit is a great opportunity to see what those of us who work and volunteer here in our spare time. It’s a tough time for artists, and it’s a great way for working artists to get their work seen in a national exhibition.

The first one Artists at work The exhibition took place in 2018 and excelled with 300,000 visitors. We are delighted to be able to create another exhibition, this time moving from the Scottish National Gallery to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Photography Gallery, where we have more space to display the fantastic works. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 29 October. in Gallery 13 (Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Gallery), Level 1 West, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Artists at Work 2: exhibition celebrating talented colleagues at the National Galleries of Scotland
‎October 29, 2022—February 12, 2023
‎The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
‎1 Queen Street, Edinburgh
‎EH2 1JD| 0131 624 6200 ||
‎Free Entry

Curator and collaborator, Victoria Gazeley next to her work titled Afternoon Grazing Neil Hanna Photography
Curators and contributors, Darren Duddy and Victoria Gazeley sit in the gallery surrounded by their colleagues Neil Hanna Photography
Curator and contributor, Darren Duddy stands next to his painting titled The Weeping Glen Neil Hanna Photography
Gallery assistant and collaborator Olga Pypno sits in front of her painting titled Double Exposure Neil Hanna Photography
Gallery attendant and collaborator Ursula Mestre stands in front of her photograph titled Purification (top) Neil Hanna Photography

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