ABOUT THE RSA ANNUAL EXHIBITION – OPEN ART 2019
We are delighted to announce that this year the RSA Open Exhibition of Art is returning in a revitalised format as part of the 193rd RSA Annual Exhibition!
The RSA Annual Exhibition has been a mainstay of our calendar for 192 years. Over this time, it has evolved and changed, showcasing Scottish art alongside invited international artists and often including topical or political elements – giving an uncensored, independent voice to artists on issues which matter to them.
Throughout its history, and up until 2008, the Open exhibition has been a celebrated mainstay of the RSA Annual Exhibition. In 2010, owing to space constraints for selecting the exhibition, we moved the RSA Open into its own exhibition slot. In subsequent years the exhibition split further into separate art and architecture presentations to create more space for the exhibitors.
The RSA Open is an enormously exciting exhibition to present. Works are submitted from near and far and the exhibition is a much-anticipated event in our calendar. However, works in the RSA Open exhibition of recent years has been size-limited to enable as many artists to participate as possible. This limiting of scale has been an issue of debate for us as we aim to celebrate and showcase works of excellence in any size.
So, we’re moving forward again. Following the recent move of the Architecture Open, we will be reintroducing the RSA Art Open back into the RSA Annual Exhibition from Autumn 2019. This will enable us to remove the size restrictions on works submitted and current technology enables us to digitally select any size of work for the exhibition. Digital submission has proven to reduce costs to artists submitting works to us and enables us to curate the rooms of the selected work more efficiently. We also now have a revitalised database of clients (post GDPR) and a strategy for more hosting of events and activities.
The magnificent galleries at the RSA will continue to host this exhibition but the presentation space, however vast, is still not large enough to accommodate everything submitted to us. We anticipate a large number of submissions which will inevitably need to be heavily selected for the exhibition. We encourage all work of excellence and innovation and hope to be able to promote wonderful, powerful, thought-provoking, covetable and show-stopping works. We want our friends, collectors, visitors and critics to engage more fully with Scottish contemporary practice through this exhibition and encourage their networks to visit.
For 2019, funding from Baillie Gifford will enable us to open the doors for free access to everyone throughout the exhibition. Open seven days per week, the exhibition can be visited free time after time throughout its six-week run.
The 193rd RSA Annual Exhibition will take place in Autumn 2019 to facilitate changes in the programme schedule. The 194th RSA Annual Exhibition will return to its springtime slot in 2020.
INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS
The deadline for submissions has now passed and final selection is taking place.
To find out if your work has been hung in the exhibition please log back into the submission site from midday on 24 September – www.royalscottishacademy.oess1.uk
PLEASE CLICK ON THE REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION BELOW & READ IN FULL BEFORE APPLYING OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES AFTER APPLYING
Online Registration deadline – Fri 6 Sept @ 5pm
Pre-Selection announced – Mon 23 Sept, from 11am
Hand-in of works – Sat 19 & Sun 20 Oct, 10am – 4.30pm
Final selection announced – Thu 24 Oct, 12pm
Collect unselected works – Sat 26 & Sun 27 Oct, 10am – 4.30pm
Opening Reception – evening of Fri 1 Nov (invite only)
Exhibition open to public – Sat 2 Nov – Wed 11 Dec
Collect unsold work – Fri 13 & Sat 14 Dec, 10am – 4.30pm
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.