Deadline: 3 February 2021 at 5pm


The RSA Annual Exhibition is the most extensive exhibition of contemporary art and architecture in Scotland. Having been a mainstay of the academy’s calendar since its inception 195 years ago, the Annual Exhibition has evolved over the years, showcasing Scottish art alongside invited international artists, often including topical or political elements, to give an uncensored, independent voice to artists on issues that matter to them. For the first time in its history the 2020 Annual Exhibition was mounted online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however we aim to return with a physical exhibition in the RSA galleries from 4 April – 9 May 2021, with all necessary safety precautions.

After the success of its re-introduction in 2019, the Open Art element will return once again in 2021 as a vital component of the RSA Annual Exhibition. Online submission is now open for the 2021 exhibition for works of any scale and in any fine art medium. Please read the information opposite for full regulations and details on how to apply.


The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture is a Registered Scottish Charity which is self-financing. We do not receive any subsidy from the local authority or the Scottish Government. Any profits are re-channelled into our work supporting the breadth of artists and emerging architects across Scotland. We achieve this through our awards, residencies and exhibitions programmes. Our Fine Art Collections are Recognised as being of National Significance by the Scottish Government – as awarded by Museums Galleries Scotland.


To submit work to be considered for the exhibition artists must register and complete the online application process at

Artists may submit up to TWO works of any dimensions in any fine art medium, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture, installation and performance.

An Entry Fee (inclusive of VAT) is required for each work: £15 per work / Students £10 per work. There is also a £10 hanging fee for any work hung in the exhibition.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 5pm.

Please click on the REGULATIONS and FAQs below for further details and if you have any questions –

Online Application deadline Wednesday 3 February 2021  at 5pm
Pre-Selection announced Sunday 28 February 2021, from midday
Hand-in of works Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 March 2021, 10am – 4.30pm *
Final selection announced Wednesday 24 March 2021, from midday
Collect unselected works Saturday 27 – Monday 29 March 2021, 10am – 4.30pm *
Exhibition open to public Saturday 3 April – Sunday 9 May 2021 *
Collection of unsold work Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 May 2021, 10am – 4.30pm *

* Due to space restrictions and social distancing requirements all delivery/collection from the building will be at pre-arranged times only. Time-slots options will be sent to pre-selected applicants nearer the time.