Talbot Rice Gallery
Talbot Rice Gallery is located in the City of Edinburgh council area
Talbot Rice Gallery
Location within the City of Edinburgh council area
General information
LocationEdinburgh, Scotland
Coordinates55°56′50″N 3°11′16″W / 55.9471°N 3.1878°W / 55.9471; -3.1878

Talbot Rice Gallery is the contemporary art gallery of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and part of Edinburgh College of Art. The building has three exhibition spaces, including a contemporary white cube gallery and a neoclassical space that was formerly a 19th-century natural history museum.[1]


Ceiling of the Gallery

The University of Edinburgh's historic Old College was designed by Robert Adam and completed by William Henry Playfair. In 1967 the library collection was moved to a new location. An arts centre with an exhibition hall was opened in the Quad in 1970, following a £20,000 renovation paid for by the Gulbenkian Foundation.[2] The gallery was opened in 1975 under the guidance of Prof Giles Henry Robertson and takes its name from his predecessor, Prof David Talbot Rice, the Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh from 1934 to 1972.

The Gallery fundraises for their artistic programme, and has to date received support from Creative Scotland, as well as international and grant support including Mondriaan Fonds, Culture Ireland and the Freelands Foundation. In 2019, the Gallery was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant for the first time. The Talbot Rice Gallery is open to the public and admission free.


  1. ^ "About | Talbot Rice Gallery". www.trg.ed.ac.uk. University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  2. ^ "New Art Centre Opened". The Glasgow Herald. 20 October 1970. p. 10. Retrieved 6 May 2023.