Scottish Arts CLub

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


  • Edinburgh
  • Scotland
  • EH12BW
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 11pm


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The Scottish Arts Club has been the social hub for the Arts in Scotland since its founding in 1872.

Our professional members include painters and sculptors, movie-makers and musicians, planners, playwrights and poets, novelists and journalists, architects and designers, dancers and diplomats. Lay members range from academics, accountants and administrators, to dentists and doctors, lawyers and librarians, and scientists and students, all with an interest in the Arts.

The Scottish Arts Club was founded by a group of artists in 1872 and moved to Rutland Square in 1895.

The Club has made few changes to the building. In 1895, in place of the three bedrooms that were on the top floor, one very large L-shaped room was created for two billiards tables. The ceiling was raised, and two large roof lights were put in. (These windows were blacked out during WWII.) The billiards tables have now been removed, and a large Studio created, providing wonderful light that was ideal for drawing and painting, as well as a Members' reading room. Naturally, the Studio is where the Club holds life and portrait painting, along with talks, film screenings, and concerts. The space is also used for music and play rehearsals and meetings.