Eric Robertson - Cecile Walton
Eric Robertson - Cecile Walton

Brightness and Shadow of the Roaring Twenties at Edinburgh City Art Centre

Gallery News

Title: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Dates: 12 Sep 2020 – 6 Jun 2021

Times: Pre-booking essential

Venue: City Art Centre

2 Market St



Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is reopening with an exhibition, Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s, timed to mark 100 years since the dawn of the ‘roaring twenties’. The exhibition showcases over 35 artworks selected from the City Art Centre’s own collection of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings and sculptures, and featured artists include D Y Cameron, Stanley Cursiter, Dorothy Johnstone, William McCance, Eric Robertson and William Wilson, as well as the Scottish Colourists S J Peploe and J D Fergusson. Although the 1920’s were an era of Art Deco, jazz and ‘flapper’ dresses, the losses of the First World War were still fresh in the memory, while many looked forward to an age of new possibilities, and Scottish artists played a major role in reflecting these contrasts from a fascinating period.

Also showing until 18th Oct, City Art Centre at 40 – an exhibition marking the Centre’s 40th birthday with a selection of artworks revealing the variety and quality of its collection.

Image: Eric Robertson – Cecile Walton at Crianlarich. This 1920 portrait of the artist Cecile Walton is a new addition to the City Art Centre’s collection, arriving in late 2019 as a long-term loan from a private collector, and now to go on public display for the first time, in this exhibition.