Deadline has now passed and
selection is in progress.

**Now online only (see details)**


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, while we had hoped to return with a physical exhibition this year we have now made the difficult decision that it will be solely online from 3 April – 9 May 2021.

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.


The deadline for submission has now passed and selection results can be viewed from 10am on Monday 8 March by logging back into your account – 

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We were overwhelmed by the quality of and number of works submitted this year, making the selection extemely difficult, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to submit to the RSA Annual Exhibition.


***Please note, due to the ongoing Government restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we made the difficult decision on 3 Feb 2021 that this exhibition will be presented solely online. As stated in the Regulations, we reserve the right to make amendments to the exhibition this year in order to adhere to Government advice and maintain the safety of our staff, exhibitors and visitors. Although this is not what we had hoped for we will put all effort and energy into making it the best online presentation in the circumstances.

In light of these changes, the deadline was extended by one week to make sure all applicants were aware of the changes and could make changes to their application or contact us if they have any queries. If you have further queries about your application please email***

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

Online Application deadline Extended to Wednesday 10 February 2021  at 5pm in light of changes to format (see above)
Final selection announced Amended to Monday 8 March 2021, from 10am (log in to your account to view results)
Exhibition open online Saturday 3 April – Sunday 9 May 2021