Inverleith House

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Inverleith House
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Inverleith House
Location Edinburgh

Inverleith House is a contemporary art gallery situated within Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden in the suburb of Inverleith.[1]


Designed in 1774 by David Henderson for the Rocheid family,[2] Inverleith House was the official residence of successive Regius Keepers (directors) of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh until it became the founding home of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, from 1960 to 1984.[3][4] Since 1986 it has run a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions spanning visual art and botanical science under the auspices of the Garden, which recognises the need for art as well as science in our appreciation and understanding of the natural world, making it pre-eminent amongst botanic gardens today, in this respect. Inverleith House was refurbished in 1990 and again in 2004, to improve visitor access and to introduce new educational facilities, with support from National Lottery Funds administered by The Scottish Arts Council, which also supports the exhibitions programme. This award-winning programme invites artists of major international standing to exhibit in Scotland for the first time and presents work by those based in Scotland on an international stage, attracting new audiences for contemporary art. Its twentieth anniversary was celebrated in 2006 with an exhibition of botanical drawings from South India (1826-1853) and solo exhibitions by Roni Horn, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Ryman, and Douglas Gordon.[4]


Baumann, Daniel, Black, Karla, Hertling, Pati, Hayley Tomkin ‘Autobuilding’, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 2011

Behlen, Beatrice, Garginlo, Vincenzo, Hardman-Jones, Jerry, Hubbard, David, Kosaniuk, Hjdla, Steinfeld Daniela, Alan Charlton, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 2002

Black, Karla, Munder, Heike, Nachwort, Hans Annette, Nesbitt, Paul and Stanley, Michael, Karla Black, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 2010

Bradely, Will, Simon Periton, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh in collaboration with Sadie Coles HQ, The Modern Institute Glasgow and Walter Koenig Books London, 2003

Cuthbert, Caroline, Rory McEwen ‘The Botanical Paintings’, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh in association with The Serpantine Gallery, London, 1988

Dean, Tacita, Nesbitt Paul, and Vettese, Anglea, Roni Horn, Angie and Emily Dickinson, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 2006

Foster, Hal, Francis, Marc, Richard Hamilton ‘Protest Pictures’, The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 2008


  1. ^ Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal. "Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh". Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ The Gazeteer for Scotland, Editors. "Overview of Inverleith House". The Gazeteer for Scotland. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Brown, Harold R., William H (1970). The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. p. 256. ISBN 11 490425 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  4. ^ a b Botanic Gardens Edinurgh, The Royal. "The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh". Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 


Coordinates: 55°57′54″N 3°12′37″W / 55.9650°N 3.2102°W / 55.9650; -3.2102