Welcome To The Art Extraordinary Trust

The Art Extraordinary Trust holds the Scottish collection of art often referred to as Art Brut or Outsider Art.

The Trust aims to preserve and protect these works and to raise the profile of the collection through exhibition. The gallery represents and collects contemporary practitioners of Art Extraordinary and provides changing exhibitions of these works.


Opening Hours

The Art Extraordinary Gallery is open from
1st May 2010 to 31 October 2010.
Saturday 11.00 - 16.30
Sunday 12.00 - 16.30

Art Extraordinary refers to visual art forms created by artist, usually with no formal art education or training, whose works arise from an inner necessity impelled by intense personal vision. They paint, sculpt, weave, draw or build because they are obsessively engaged by a need to express this vision in a way which is unique to the individual and hence unconstrained by adherence to any artistic convention. As such, the works do not tend to be created for commercial gain. Except that they are thus compelled, visionary artists may often be ordinary people from all walks of life, although many are within the care of institutions or have become isolated on the margins of conventional society. Others may be elderly, disabled or have mental health issues.

Art Extraordinary is also known as Outsider Art, Art Brut, Visionary Art or Intuitive Art. Art Extraordinary is rare and cannot be compared to Folk art, Naive Art or any other amateur arts. Outsider Art was first identified and celebrated by Jean Dubuffet in the 1940's and this recognition has now grown to a worldwide scale with dedicated museums and galleries across the globe