The RSA has a unique collection of Scottish art that ranges from c.1780 to the present day. This is complemented by an extensive archive of correspondence, papers, drawings, photographs and studio artifacts. The accumulated material reflects both the life and work of the academy as an institution and its individual members, as well as providing a broad view of Scottish Art since the late 18th Century.

The collection is widely consulted by visiting scholars and works are regularly loaned to exhibitions in the UK and abroad. In 2008 the Permanent Collection was awarded the official status of being a ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland’ by Musuems Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, acknowledging the strength and depth of the RSA collections in relation to the visual arts in Scotland.

The collection currently contains around 7,000 individual artworks and new works are accessioned to the collections every year.

Selected works from the collections are displayed in the RSA building as standalone exhibitions, and are also incorporated into the Academy’s contemporary programme. Paintings from the RSA collections can also be viewed on the Art UK website








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