One of my favourite ways to spend a chilled out day off, is to visit exhibitions and galleries. I've always been a very visual person a with a huge passion for art and photography so last Sunday, my mum and I decided to take a day trip to Edinburgh to see the Roy Lichtenstein and David Bailey exhibitions.
For anyone who doesn't know, Roy Lichtenstein is hugely influential figure in the pop art movement, while David Bailey is a amazing photographer, mostly celebrity shoots from the 70's and 80's but also fashion images and portraits. I'm a big fan of both their works so we exciting to see both in one day.
The Roy Lichtenstein exhibition was in the beautiful Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, just outside of Edinburgh's city centre. Beautiful buildings and grounds house a small but inclusive collection of Lichtenstein's work, including one of this most famous pieces, 'In The Car', which the gallery purchased in 1980.
After visit it the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, we headed to Wannaburger for spot of lunch. I've heard great things about their food from friends who live in Edinburgh, comparing it to Five Guys. In reality, I'd say it's better! I had the cheese and bacon burger with Cajun fries while my mum has a spicy grilled chicken burger. Oh, and they serve Minute Maid lemonade too, my absolute favourite! Such a delicious lunch before heading out for a little shopping and off to see David Bailey.
David Bailey's exhibition, Bailey's Stardust, is on in the Scottish National Gallery, a spectacular building right in the middle of Edinburgh's busiest streets, Princes Street.
Having worked a photographer since he was a teenager and now in his late seventies, David Bailey sure has shot a huge range of well known people from music (The Beatles, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn and The Rolling Stones) to film (Michael Caine, Susan Sarandon, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep) to fashion (Kate Moss, Twiggy, Alexander McQueen and Zandra Rhodes) and everyone else in between, The Kray twins, Desmond Tutu, Margaret Thatcher and The Queen and it's all here. Plus, family portraits, photos from his travels to Asia and Africa and photos from the streets, pubs and clubs of London in the 60's. Overall, an amazing exhibition, with such a variety to see.
Bailey's Stardust is on in the Scottish National Gallery on Princes Street in Edinburgh til 18th October 2015 and costs £11 (£9 for students) but it's worth every penny. More info on it here.
Visiting exhibitions, museums and galleries is such a lovely way to spend a day off, soaking up a little culture and in my experience, you never leave disappointed. If you're near Edinburgh and fancy something fun and cheap to do, I highly recommend both of these shows - and Wannaburger!