Run by artists, for artists.
The Royal Scottish Academy supports art and architecture in Scotland. Founded in 1826, we are an independent, non-governmental charitable institution governed by our Members.
Known as Royal Scottish Academicians, our Members are prominent artists and architects elected by their peers who govern the Academy on a democratic basis.
We believe that creativity in art and architecture is valuable to the nation.
Supporting creative process
We support artists and architects in their creative process.
To achieve this, we:
- Uphold best practice in contemporary Scottish art and architecture.
- Maintain a collection, archive and library relating to the history of Scottish art and the activities of the Academy. Recognised as a Collection of National Significance by the Scottish Government, we make our collections publicly accessible.
- Encourage and support emerging artists and architects.
- Inform national debates about visual, cultural and educational issues.
- Promote Scotland's creativity internationally.
- Facilitate understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.
We run our year-round programme of exhibitions, artist opportunities and events from our base at the Mound, Edinburgh.
Independently funded, the RSA raises income to support art and architecture in Scotland through a wide range of activities including artwork sales, consultancy services, art rental, our RSA Friends group, corporate sponsorship, bequests and donations.
The Royal Scottish Academy is a Registered Scottish Charity: No SC004198.
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