Aberdeen Art Gallery reveals 2020 programme

The work of the legendary Dame Zandra Rhodes (below) is to be celebrated at Aberdeen Art Gallery as part of the 2020 programme.

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous (July 4 to September 20) will be one of three major shows staged next year.


From March 21 to June 7 the gallery will host the first solo exhibition in Scotland by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza. Waves and Forms will highlight the artist’s ongoing exploration of waveforms and the responses they evoke.

The BP Portrait Award – one of the most prestigious painting competitions in the world – will return on  October 10 and run to January 23, 2021.

Aberdeen Art Gallery re-opened in November after £34.6 million redevelopment, which attracted support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

In addition to the new BP Galleries, two flexible exhibition spaces will present work by local schools, groups and societies, and also create Artist-in-Residence opportunities.

Caroline Clark, Director Scotland of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We’re delighted that the new special exhibition spaces at Aberdeen Art Gallery will be filled by an exciting and eclectic programme of exhibitions over the next year.

“Visitors from near and far will have the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful array of local and international art and design in what is now a world-class setting.”

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson, said: “As well as offering local people a range of opportunities to see world-class art in their home city, these high-profile exhibitions will be an important driver for tourist visits to Aberdeen.”

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums