You choose the art

A project to find and display the public’s favourite Scottish paintings has been launched this week by the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.

An interactive vote to establish the public's most loved paintings, as selected from the City Art Centre’s collection of over 900 oil and acrylic artworks, will allow the city’s most popular paintings to go on display later in the year at the new You Choose: Favourites from the City Art Centre exhibition.

Every year the City Art Centre stages exhibitions drawn from its extensive collection of historic and contemporary Scottish art. Curators spend months selecting which artworks should go on display, and this project has been designed to allow Edinburgh residents and art fans to collectively curate their own exhibition based on their favourite pieces.

A range of paintings to choose from can be browsed online at the BBC Your Paintings website, and voted for through an online City Art Centre survey which will be open from 25 June until 30 September.

Voters must remember to make a note of the title of their favourite painting and the name of the artist, which is needed to complete the survey.

The exhibition You Choose: Favourites from the City Art Centre will be displayed in the new Collection Gallery at the City Art Centre from 13 December 2014 - 24 May 2015.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener, said: “The City Art Centre Collections contain some of the most interesting and influential pieces of art in Scotland and the works are looked after by the City of Edinburgh Council, meaning that they belong to the people of Edinburgh.

“The You Choose: Favourites from the City Art Centre vote will be an opportunity for residents from across the city and further afield to play their part and collectively curate an exhibition.

“From stunning landscapes to portraits of historical characters, from contemporary abstract images to still life scenes, there are over 900 oil and acrylic paintings in the collection for voters to choose from.

“This is a unique project for Edinburgh and the final display will be completely based on voters’ personal favourites.”

How to cast your vote

1. Visit the BBC Your Paintings website or the City Art Centre and browse the selection or search for your favourite painting.

2. Make a note of the name of the artwork and the artist.

3. Complete the City Art Centre’s online survey to cast your vote for the chance to see your selection in the You Choose: Favourites From the City Art Centre exhibition

About the City Art Centre

The City Art Centre has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of visitors. People come to see favourites from the City’s nationally recognised collection of Scottish art; new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries. Exhibitions of historic and modern photography, contemporary art and design, architecture and the built environment are staged in a rolling programme.  It has shown Egyptian and Roman objects and even featured artwork and costumes from the Star Wars films.

An escalator and lift help visitors move around six floors, and there is a cafe and ground floor shop.

The City Art Centre is conveniently placed near to the Waverley rail station in the city centre.

The brand new ArtSpace in the collection gallery allows visitors to get hands on with art materials and create landscapes, collages and portraits. This space is open during normal gallery opening times.

Opening times: 
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm;
Sunday 12pm - 5pm.

Admission to Collection Gallery exhibitions is free, but donations are welcome.
There are admission charges in respect of some temporary exhibitions; see the relevant exhibition page for details.

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