DIPLOMA COLLECTION

DIPLOMA COLLECTION

The Diploma Collection is the Academy’s core collection and consists of works deposited by artists when they are elected as an Academician. The collection is unique as the works within it are selected personally by the artists.

The collection began in 1831 when a group of fourteen works were deposited, including paintings by James Giles, Thomas Duncan and David Scott and Thomas Hamilton’s Design for the Royal High School. Since this seminal date it has grown to number over 300 works and includes paintings, sculpture, prints, architectural works, photography and installation.

Many of Scotland’s best artists feature in the Diploma Collection. As new artists are elected eachyear the collection continues to develop, creating a unique history of Scottish art from the artist’s perspective.