This exhibition features works of art created during five community outreach projects, which investigate the contemporary relevance of major transformations in Scottish history. Inspired by the portraits and personalities from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery collection, artists have led local groups in four locations – Clydebank, Inverness, Dumfriesshire and Skye – to explore the impact of themes that define the national narrative.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a powerful new film by Daniel Warren which unites all the projects and reveals how today’s Scots feel about their ability to shape their own lives.

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THE NATION // LIVE educational outreach programme is a nationwide initiative engaging communities across Scotland. These encounters will fuse momentous historical events and contemporary concerns, focusing on public re-enactments. The first major community outreach project for the re-developed Scottish National Portrait Gallery, THE NATION // LIVE will screened in the new Contemporary Scotland Gallery in October 2013.

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