Thursday 13 October, 2016

Styling the Nation

Saturday 12-Sunday 13 November 2016, 11 am-4 pm
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh


The National Museum of Scotland will host a sensationally stylish weekend inspired by the Museum’s new Art and Design galleries. Celebrating design and creativity, Styling the Nation will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November.

From workshops and maker demonstrations, to performance art and curator talks, Styling the Nation offers a packed programme of free events and activities exploring style in every sense.

Recent Edinburgh College of Art graduate and rising fashion talent Rhys McKenna, will lead a fashion illustration workshop. Now working with iconic British brand Burberry, Rhys will share expert tips on creating a distinct look and expressive style.

Two contemporary makers, jeweller Ruth Laird and textile artist Cally Booker, will set-up workbenches in the Grand Gallery, sharing their inspirations, practise and techniques with the public. This Meet Your Maker event is organised in partnership with Craft Scotland.

Inspired by the Museum’s fashion collections, sisters and artists Katie, Anna and Sophie Orton, collectively known as Ortonandon, will explore the politics and fashion behind the t-shirt slogan. The artists will invite visitors to create their own slogan t-shirts, before weaving these ideas into a public performance.

The weekend will also feature Voga sessions, a combination of Yoga and voguing, an opportunity to don retro style in the vintage photo booth and a fascinating programme of talks.

Styling the Nation is supported by EventScotland and is part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said:

“Scotland has a wealth of incredibly creative individuals across the fashion, textiles and craft sectors that continually produce world-class, stylish designs. Taking place within Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, this event is a wonderful celebration of Scottish talent and I hope it will encourage the next generation of aspiring designers.”

Stephen Allen, Head of Learning and Programmes at National Museums Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to present this new event as part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Celebrating the National Museum of Scotland’s new Art and Design galleries, this weekend will give our visitors an opportunity to engage with and enjoy the collections in exciting new ways.”

Further information and images from Kirsten Cowie, Press Office, National Museums Scotland on 0131 247 4391 or email

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland looks after museum collections of national and international importance and provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  2. The National Museum of Scotland reopened in summer 2011 following a three-year, £50m redevelopment. With over 8 million visits since reopening, the National Museum of Scotland is the most popular museum in the country outside London (data from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions). The National Museum of Scotland was awarded ‘Gold’ Level Green Tourism Visitor Attraction status in 2016.
  3. About The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design:
    • 2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity beginning on 1 January 2016 and ending on 31 December 2016.
    • The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
    • The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
    • Discover more about The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design at

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