The deadline has now passed, check back in late 2020 for details on the 2021 exhibition.


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 193 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. The historic galleries at the Royal Scottish Academy will again host the exhibition from 28 March to 3 May 2020.

After the success of its re-introduction in 2019, the Open Art element will return this year as a vital component of the RSA Annual Exhibition. Online submission is now open for the 2020 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.

Due to situations arising from Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Royal Scottish Academy has had to close temporarily and the RSA Annual cannot be installed this year. Instead, the RSA team has been working hard to ensure that the exhibition goes ahead in a new, entirely digital format which can be viewed here –


*Applications for 2020 are now closed, please check back in late 2020 for details of the 2021 RSA Annual Exhibition.*

If you have submitted to the 2020 RSA Annual Exhibition online prior to the deadline (12 Feb 2020, 5pm) please log back into your account at from 11am on Friday 21 February to find out if your work has been pre-selected.

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


KEY DATES (all for the 2020 RSA Annual Exhibition)
Online Application deadline Wednesday 12 February at 5pm
Pre-Selection announced Friday 21 February 2020, from 11am
Hand-in of works Saturday 14 March 2020, 10am – 4.30pm
Final selection announced Thursday 19 March 2020, from 11am
Collect unselected works Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March 2020, 10am – 4.30pm
Opening Reception Evening of Friday 27 March 2020 (invite only)
Exhibition open to public Saturday 28 March – Sunday 3 May 2020
Collect unsold work Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May 2020, 10am – 4.30pm