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Collective Gallery

Broughton & Calton
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Address: City Observatory and City Dome Calton Hill | 38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh EH7 5AA, Scotland
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+44 131 556 1264
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Collective is a contemporary visual arts organisation that brings people...

Collective is a contemporary visual arts organisation that brings people together around the production and presentation of new work. Established in 1984, Collective has been fundamental to the cultural vitality of Scotland by supporting new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. We provide artists with the opportunity to make new work and audiences the chance to see it here first. Our programme of exhibitions, walks, events and off-site projects presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We create opportunities for participation, mutual learning and dialogue by opening out processes of art production, connecting with other fields and encouraging new developments. Collective is currently redeveloping the City Observatory complex on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, due to open fully to the public in 2017. Working closely with artists and engaging with our locality, through the acts of looking, thinking and producing, we are developing a new kind of City Observatory.

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Gallery on top of hill next to Edinburgh observatory.

I suppose one of the golden rules of seeing a place properly is to go early, it was coming to the end of the day, we said that we would climb up Calton hill and take a look at the... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Visited here a couple of days ago with my daughter whilst on a day trip to Edinburgh. We climbed up Calton Hill and viewed the attractions, and had a look in here at the same time. I am beginning to wonder if I am reviewing the same thing here as everyone else...the Collective Art Gallery on the top of Calton... More 

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Reviewed 29 January 2017

I suppose one of the golden rules of seeing a place properly is to go early, it was coming to the end of the day, we said that we would climb up Calton hill and take a look at the famous view and sunset, we were actually quite surprised that up here there are actually quite a few things to... More 

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Reviewed 8 October 2015

Must do if you like art, and definitely try it if you dont like art...you may learn something and end up liking it! Perfect location. The exhibition I visit was Crippled Symmetries by Beatrice Gibson from 30.07.15 - 04.10.15 Just amazing!

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Reviewed 28 August 2015

Wonderful exhibitions, great cutting-edge curation, amazing location. A must-do for anyone that is seriously into contemporary art.

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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