King's Gallery, Edinburgh

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The King's Gallery, previously known as the Queen's Gallery. is an art gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland. It forms part of the Palace of Holyroodhouse complex. It was opened in 2002 by Queen Elizabeth II, and exhibits works from the Royal Collection.[1]

King's Gallery, Edinburgh

It is open to the public daily. The building is Category B listed.[2]

History edit

The King's Gallery is housed primarily in a Gothic building that was originally built between 1846 and 1850 as Holyrood Free Church, a parish church of the Free Church of Scotland then, from 1900, of the United Free Church of Scotland).[2] The church was last used for worship in 1915, when it became a redundant church. Prior to its conversion to a gallery, the church building was used as a storeroom.[3][2] The Gallery also comprises the neo-Jacobean building that housed the former Free Church School, which was built at the same time as the church. The building of the church and the school was funded by Elizabeth Gordon, Duchess of Gordon, who was an early supporter of the Free Church.[4] The former school was converted into accommodation for the palace's chauffeurs in the 1920s. In 2002, the buildings were converted to form what is now the King's Gallery under plans by Benjamin Tindall Architects.[2] The gallery is primarily housed on the first floor in a large space with an open timber roof.[2]

In 2019, the former Scottish National Party MP George Kerevan claimed that, if Scotland gained Independence, the gallery building would be demolished to create an uninterrupted "Freedom square" between Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament Building.[5]

Scotland's heraldic lion above the entrance of the King's Gallery

Exhibitions edit

The gallery houses temporary exhibitions throughout the year which are drawn from the Royal Collection. Past exhibitions have included:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "About The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse". Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic Environment Scotland. "HOLYROODHOUSE, QUEEN'S GALLERY (FORMER HOLYROOD FREE CHURCH AND FORMER FREE CHURCH SCHOOL) (Category B Listed Building) (LB51177)". Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Edinburgh, Horse Wynd, Holyrood Free Church And School (125696)". Canmore. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  4. ^ Brown, Thomas (1893). Annals of the disruption with extracts from the narratives of ministers who left the Scottish establishment in 1843 by Thomas Brown. Edinburgh: Macniven & Wallace. p. 793.
  5. ^ Fairnie, Robert (6 October 2019). "Former MP wants to 'demolish' the Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh". Edinburgh Live. Retrieved 6 March 2024.
  6. ^ Cameron, Lucinda (24 March 2022). "Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace to go on show in Edinburgh". Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 March 2024.
  7. ^ "Art reviews:Victoria and Albert, Our Lives in Colour". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Leonardo da Vinci: Edinburgh to host major exhibition". BBC News. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2024.
  9. ^ "Galleries – Russia: Art, Royalty and the Romanovs. Queens Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse". The Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2022.

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