Our two publications are packed with information about the artists, artworks and events that have made the last 25 years such a remarkable time for visual arts in Scotland.


Want to know where to see the work of a GENERATION artist? Or learn more about the ideas that drive their work or the materials that they use?  The GENERATION Guide, is a handy alphabetical guide to the work of more than 80 artists taking part in GENERATION with beautiful pictures, biographies and short essays on the artworks and ideas you will come across in exhibitions and projects across the country.

Ciara Phillips in the GENERATION Guide

The GENERATION Guide can also help you plan your gallery visits, with full exhibition listings, map and venue details as well as the descriptions of group shows. Written by our team of expert writers and curators, working closely with the artists themselves, the GENERATION Guide is the most detailed guide to contemporary art in Scotland yet published and will be a vital source book on art and artists in Scotland long after the exhibitions are over.

GENERATION Guide and Reader

Available to buy alongside the Guide, the GENERATION Reader is a packed volume, full of the ideas, arguments and inspirations that have shaped contemporary art in Scotland. With an introduction by novelist Louise Welsh, this collection of brand new essays and writings from the archive tells the story of the last 25 years in the voices of the artists and writers who took part, capturing the energy and ideas of the times.

New writings include prize-winning novelist Nicola White’s recollections of her work as a curator in the Glasgow Art Scene in the nineties and her recent travels, retracing the steps of poet Edwin Muir’s Scottish Journey from Orkney to Glasgow, Professor Andrew Patrizio on working with artist Christine Borland to install a one-tonne bale of compressed rubbish into a pristine display case at Kelvingrove Museum and the day that then Prime Minister John Major and his wife Norma visited Glasgow’s McLellan Galleries. Curator Francis McKee describes espresso-fuelled days showing Scotland’s artists at the Venice Biennale.

Ross Sinclair in the GENERATION Reader

From the archive, the GENERATION Reader has gathered essays, talks and artist writings from the period, some of which have never been printed before. Artist Ross Sinclair’s essay for the 1991 Windfall exhibition and his nineties satire on a future Scotland as a giant historical theme park have been republished in full for the first time since 1996. Graham Fagen and Ruth Barker write about the challenges for artists working in public. There are robust accounts of the state of art institutions from figures like Adele Patrick and Professor Neil Mulholland as well as recollections of art education from artists including Luke Fowler, Katy Dove, Sara Barker and Corin Sworn.

The GENERATION Reader is the first volume of its kind to be published on contemporary art in Scotland over the last quarter century painting a lively, ambitious and at times controversial picture of the period. 

Both the GENERATION Guide and GENERATION Reader are available to purchase from the National Galleries of Scotland's Online Shop.

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