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Turner in January

Opening New Year’s Day 2024, the National Galleries of Scotland celebrates the return of their much awaited annual display, Turner in January.

Lady looking at Turner images and Lady reading Turner Guide book at the Turner in January exhibition.
©Neil Hanna
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1st January 2024 - 31st January 2024
Free admission

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Accessible parking or drop-off point

Accessible toilets

Large print, braille or audio

Lift or stairlift

Ramp to main entrance

Wheelchair access throughout

Wheelchairs or mobility aids provided

Taking place in Edinburgh’s Royal Scottish Academy, JMW Turner’s watercolours from the Scottish national collection will be exhibited throughout the month of January in a free exhibition.

This collection of Turner watercolours was left to the nation in 1900 by the art collector Henry Vaughan. Since then, following Vaughan’s strict guidelines, they have only ever been displayed during the month of January, when natural light levels are at their lowest. Because of this, these watercolours still possess a freshness and an intensity of colour, almost 200 years since they were originally created.  

Viewers will be able to enjoy around 40 watercolours featuring dramatic landscapes from the Himalayas, the Swiss Alps, the Isle of Skye and beyond.

Turner painting called Harbour View on display at Edinburgh Royal Scottish Academy
©Harbour View, about 1826 at Turner in January Exhibition at Royal Scottish Academy

New for 2024, the exhibition will also include a free new Audio Tour, available through Smaritfy.

Visitors can immerse themselves further into Turner’s work, giving fresh insights and expanding on the famous artworks.

This mesmerising exhibition captures the essence of the life and career of the 19th century artist, with the works on display covering the breadth of Turner’s artistic talents. In a career spanning 50 years, Turner developed new ways of painting in watercolour and revolutionised ideas of portraying the beauty of the natural world. Using an array of techniques and colour, he created works which continue to captivate and excite audiences today.

The exhibition has wheelchair access and for those with a blue badge, there is limited on street parking close by. For more details on parking bays see the City of Edinburgh Council website.

For full details on the exhibition see Turner in January.