The National Galleries of Scotland looks after one of the world's finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middles Ages to the present day. These holdings include Scotland's national collection of Scottish and international fine art and photography. The National Galleries of Scotland uses these collections to inspire learning, enjoyment, and creativity in people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
The National Galleries of Scotland became a charity supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery in January 2011, and funding has reached an incredible £1,716,513. This vital support from players of People's Postcode Lottery helps to deliver a number of initiatives to help enhance the experience of gallery visitors, such as free tours for school groups at all three sites (Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Scottish National Portrait Gallery). Each year the National Galleries of Scotland arranges around 250 tours, enabling over 6,000 children and their teachers to enjoy Scotland's national collection for free.
In addition, funding from players has helped the National Galleries of Scotland deliver summer drop-in workshops for families for the past five years, including summer 2016's very popular Strange Lands and Peculiar Places, during which children took part in activities like painting, stencilling, and collage. To date, these workshops have been enjoyed by over 8,000 children and parents.
Player support also extends to the National Galleries of Scotland programme of exhibitions, including the annual display of watercolours Turner in January which takes place at the Scottish National Gallery from 1st to 31st January every year. The display is a favourite among National Galleries of Scotland visitors, with works spanning Turner's career that range from early topographical wash drawings to atmospheric sketches of continental Europe from the 1830s and '40s.
To make it that bit easier for visitors to see the exhibitions, the National Galleries of Scotland Gallery Bus transports over 30,000 visitors between all three of the Edinburgh sites each year.
Sir John Leighton, Director General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said, "In 2016, over 2.2 million people visited the National Galleries of Scotland. Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has enabled us to provide the highest quality of experience for our visitors, whether they are visiting an exhibiton, taking part in educational activities, or researching the collection.
"The support of players helps us to reach out to audiences across the country, regardless of age or background, to encourage as many people as possible to benefit from access to these national treasures."