The Scottish Modern Arts Association was founded in Edinburgh in 1907. Established by artists and their supporters, the organisation aimed to secure for the nation a representative collection of modern Scottish art. For more than fifty years, it actively acquired work by leading artists of the day, building an outstanding collection of more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. The majority of these artworks were transferred to the City of Edinburgh when the Association disbanded in the 1960s, and they are now maintained by the City Art Centre.

National Treasure: The Scottish Modern Arts Association reveals the story of this pioneering organisation, and the unique collection it created. Showcasing over 100 artworks, the exhibition features masterpieces by the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists, as well as individuals such as William McTaggart, John Duncan, Anne Redpath and Joan Eardley. National Treasure presents the most comprehensive display of this collection in a generation; a celebration of Scottish art at the dawn of modernism.

National Treasure is presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2022.

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2 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1DE

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Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 & 2 Jan

Admission free, but timeslots must be booked in advance on the City Art Centre website.

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