Deadline: Sunday 6 February 2022 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 196 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.

After the success of its re-introduction in 2019, the Open Art element will return once again in 2022 as a vital component of the RSA Annual Exhibition. Online submission is now open for the 2022 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.

While we are excited to be returning to a physical exhibition this year, we want to build on the successes of the online experience forced upon us during Covid-19, which enabled more works to be selected and extended the ways for audiences to discover and engage with artworks through the digital experience.

For this reason we have decided that all pre-selected works will automatically be included in the online exhibition and only those selected at the final physical selection will be shown in the gallery.

There is also the opportunity to submit work as a solely online presentation. These works will only be considered for online selection and open up an opportunity for more experimental practices, for example documentation of installed site-specific work or extended digital video content.


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.


Artists may submit up to TWO works of any size of any fine art media.

Entry is £20 per work (£10 for students & under 26s) plus £10 hanging fee if selected.

Artists must register and submit their work online at

It is vital that you read the REGULATIONS in full before applying and read the FAQs if you have any further questions. See links below –

Online Application deadline Sunday 6 February 2022 at 5pm
Pre-selection announced Wednesday 9 March 2022, from midday
Hand-in of works Thursday 7, Friday 8, Saturday 9 April, 10am – 4.30pm
Final selection announced Wednesday 13 April 2022, from midday
Exhibition open to public Saturday 23 April – Sunday 12 June 2022