“ Schoolhill, Aberdeen. Tel: +44 (0)1224 523 700. OPEN: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat 2pm-5pm Sunday. „
Aberdeen art gallery is situated on Schoolhill in the centre of Aberdeen. The building is an impressive granite building (what else in the granite city!) which is very hard to miss! The art gallery contains a very impressive fine art collection and a good collection of works from the 19th and 20th century. There is a constant stream of new exhibitions at the art gallery with several running concurrently. At the moment the current exhibitions are- Angus Suttie - one of the major figures in British ceramics. Blooms and Beasties - this exhibition looks at how artists use flowers, foliage, birds and insects for decoration. In October the only Scottish appearance of the BP Portrait Award comes to Aberdeen. There is also the costume of the month and the picture of the month. As well as the art collection, the gallery also contains a shop and a café. The café is a wonderful airy place to eat lunch any day of the week with comfy seats. It serves everything from light meals to gorgeous cakes and wonderful coffee! It's also licensed so you can have wine or beer with your lunch. The gallery shop sells fine art prints, books, cards, jewellery and ceramics which is an excellent source of birthday and Xmas presents. Even their range of cards and wrapping paper is fantastic! The craft gallery sells work by new and established artists so you are guaranteed to get an exclusive present. The art gallery is a wonderful place to spend the day or afternoon. It's a bright airy building where you can sit in peace and quiet and admire the art or just go to read a book or newspaper. In the middle of the city centre it's a small bit of peace and quiet. The art gallery is open 10am -5pm Mon. - Sat and 2 - 5pm on a Sunday. That's probably my only complaint - its not open long enough on a Sunday!