Havens project, installation image

Tonic Exhibitions

Tonic Arts curates temporary exhibitions at seven gallery spaces across five NHS Lothian hospital sites.

The programme aims to showcase a dynamic and diverse range of artworks including patient and staff work alongside professional and commissioned work.

Current Exhibitions

Little Astronaut stood in from of a red building by Jolanta Pakla-Plebankiewicz

6 October, 2023 – 9 April, 2024 / Tonic Gallery at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

New Foto Photography Exhibition

New Foto is an exhibition that has been developed for the gallery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by our […]

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Saudade © Katherina Axemo, exhibited as part of the Leaves exhibition

9 October, 2023 – 29 August, 2024 / Astley Ainslie Hospital Smart Centre, Edinburgh

By Leaves We Live

Tonic Arts, in partnership with Studies in Photography, is delighted to bring this thought-provoking exhibition to the hospital community. Curated […]

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Murmuration March, photo by Albie Clark

20 December, 2023 – 29 May, 2024 / Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Murmuration Exhibition

Our Murmuration Exhibition, in partnership with Artlink Edinburgh, celebrates this summer’s Murmuration March which marked the finale of the Royal […]

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Spilt Milk artwork called Leaving for Party. Watercolour painting of a child in a red coat and tights leaning over the side of the sofa

18 October, 2023 – 29 April, 2024 / Tonic Gallery at the Western General Hospital

Formula for Care

Our Formula For Care exhibition is a series of work by ten artist members of Spilt Milk Gallery. The artworks […]

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Three portraits of Scottish LGBTI+ elders hung on a wall

14 December, 2023 – 25 June, 2024 / Tonic Gallery at the Western General Hospital

Portraits of an LGBTI+ Generation

Our Portraits of an LGBTI+ Generation exhibition, in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, shares a series of portraits of […]

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An archive image showing people curling at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

12 September, 2023 – 29 May, 2024 / Tonic Gallery One at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Your Place For Greenspace

The grounds and gardens of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital have always been important to patient recovery and wellbeing. So much […]

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Havens project, installation image

16 November, 2023 – 16 April, 2024 / The Tonic Gallery at St John’s Hospital, Livingston

Havens, the Story so Far

Since autumn 2022, we have been visiting NHS Lothian sites across the region and discovering the interesting and sometimes surprising […]

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Panel from Astley Ainslie Outdoor Havens Exhibition

1 October, 2023 – 30 April, 2024 / Astley Ainslie Hospital

Havens, Outdoor Exhibition

Dotted across campus, you will find the work of artists Craig Easton and Lottie Davies as part of NHS Lothian […]

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The Tonic Galleries and where to find them

Anne Ferguson Building link corridor
Crewe Road South, Edinburgh EH4 2XU


2nd floor beside canteen
Howden Road West, Howden, Livingston EH54 6PP

Gallery 1: Link Corridor
MacKinnon House, Morningside Place, Edinburgh EH10 5HF

Gallery 2: The Royal Edinburgh Building
Morningside Place, Edinburgh EH10 5HF

Off main mall beside reception
51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SA

Dott Corridor, Ground floor
50 Little France Crescent, EH16 4TJ

SMART centre
133 Grange Loan, Edinburgh EH9 2HL

Some recent artwork that we’ve shown

Exhibitions Archive

Plants that heal exhibition by Kate Hajducka at the Western general Hospital

27 October, 2022 – 31 March, 2023 / Tonic Gallery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Plants that Heal

An exhibition by Kate Hajducka This exhibition of ‘plants that heal’ has grown out of doing the ‘100 Days Project’ […]

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Sir Quentin Blake

30 June, 2023 – 12 January, 2024 / Tonic Gallery, Royal Hospital Children & Young People/ Dept of Clinical Neurosciences, Little France

The five of us, a Sir Quentin Blake exhibition

Celebrating all children and their abilities! In partnership with Kindred, the Tonic Arts programme proudly presents the opening of its child-centred exhibition featuring […]

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Feed your Head exhibition (detail) © Ot Pascoe

4 October, 2022 – 23 March, 2023

Feed your Head

An exhibition by Ot Pascoe The work on showcame out of a 6 month residency at Out of the Blueprint […]

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Editions exhibition in partnership with Edinburgh Printmakers, Leith Life (image detail) © Lynda Wilson

26 April, 2023 – 8 September, 2023 / Tonic Gallery, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh


An exhibition showcasing a selection of original limited-edition artworks brought to the hospital by Tonic Arts in partnership with Edinburgh […]

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Artwork © Emelia Kerr-Beale as part of the Life under Lockdown project

12 April, 2020 – 12 June, 2021

Life Under Lockdown

One Pandemic. Seven Artists. Seven Generations. One Exhibition In June 2020 Tonic Arts created a  series  of micro-residencies  for  visual  […]

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Cajal Embroidery Project: In Celebration of Neuroscience

13 December, 2021 – 27 May, 2022 / Tonic Gallery, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People & Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Little France

Cajal Embroidery Project: In Celebration of Neuroscience

The Cajal Embroidery Project was conceived to honour the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Cajal Institute in 1920. […]

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Edinburgh Landmarks exhibition

30 June, 2020 – 30 November, 2020 / Tonic Galley, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Royal Edinburgh Building Central Corridor

Edinburgh Landmarks

An exhibition of patient artwork from Artlink’s Royal Edinburgh Hospital Open Studio workshops, including an interactive ‘art on a postcard’ […]

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Carolyn Henry: Kirkliston COVID-19 Isolation Portraits exhibition

10 September, 2020 – 30 June, 2021 / Tonic Gallery, St John’s Hospital

Carolyn Henry: Kirkliston COVID-19 Isolation Portraits

A photography exhibition based around a community in Lockdown. Local photographer Carolyn Henry took over 300 doorstep portraits of households […]

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Image © Will Collier: From The Prom exhibition

21 August, 2020 – 31 October, 2020

Will Collier: From The Prom

Coastal photographs by Will Collier Tying in with the Year of Scottish Coasts and Waters, Will Collier’s beachscapes of Edinburgh’s […]

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Albert's Hats © Albert Nicolson

6 June, 2023 – 18 October, 2023 / Tonic Gallery, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Albert’s Hats

by Albert Nicolson Albert’s Hats came to our attention when exploring the astonishing archive of Royal Edinburgh Hospital patient’s artworks held […]

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Get in Touch if you have a proposal for us

We welcome suggestions for exhibitions and proposals for collaborative projects which Tonic Arts might be able to help realise. For an initial chat please contact us at [email protected]