188th RSA Annual Exhibition: Focus on Film

RSA Upper and Lower Galleries

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the RSA programme and showcases work from RSA Academicians the length and breadth of Scotland. Now in it's 188th year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary paintings, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation alongside work by some of the country's leading architects.


This year's convenors are Ronald Forbes RSA and Charles Hussey RSA (Elect), who have also curated a themed aspect within this major exhibition entitled Focus on Film.


Focus on Film is a survey of Scottish art involving the moving image. The exhibition will showcase Academicians whose practice currently utilises film, alongside established filmmakers past and present and emerging film artists, some who have come through the RSA New Contemporaries and other RSA programmes. There are nine curatorial themes exploring varied approaches to creativity in filmmaking and including a range of documentary works about RSA Members.


Invited artists include two previous winners of the Glasgow Film Festival Margaret Tait Award: Stephen Sutcliffe (2012) and Rachel Maclean (2013). Maclean was recently placed at number 9 on The List's 'Hot 100' issue (to "honour the best and brightest in Scottish arts and culture") and Sutcliffe's recent piece 'Outwork' was the subject of a major exhibition at Glasgow Tramway last year. As a survey exhibition, works by the late Margaret Tait will also be featured, along with other established artists working in film such as John Byrne and Daziel + Scullion.


Works by recent RSA award winners will be exhibited, including new work by Oliver Mezger, the recipient of the 2013 RSA Morton Award for Lens-based work. Additionally, there will be a small survey of the Morton Award, looking at previous recipients including Alexander & Susan Maris and Paul Rooney. There will be memorial works for John Bellany HRSA, Derek Clarke RSA and Keith Rand RSA.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour publication. Many works will be available for purchase and as usual, the RSA is part of the Own Art scheme, offering interest-free credit for people to buy contemporary art and craft! For further details visit www.ownart.org.uk


The RSA gratefully acknowledges support from The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, Drambuie and Richer Sounds.


Invited Artists: John Byrne RSA | Joyce Cairns RSA | Henry Coombes | Victoria Crowe RSA | Gina Czarnecki | Dalziel + Scullion | Katy Dove | Kate Downie RSA | Graham Fagen | Sam Firth | Murray Grigor | Derrick Guild RSA | Ronald Forbes RSA | Douglas Hart | Rose Hendry | Will Maclean RSA | Alexander and Susan Maris | John Maclean | Rachel Maclean | Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen | Wendy McMurdo | Dawson Murray | Ruth Paxton | Anna Pearson | Eva Riley | Emile Shemilt | Sam Spreckley | Andy Stenhouse RSA | Edward Summerton RSA | Stephen Sutcliffe | Mike Windle


Including works from the Estates of: Josef Beuys | Tadeusz Kantor | Rory McEwan | Norman McLaren | Margaret Tait


List of Invited Architects: The Bothy Project | Foster and Partners | Kengo Kuma | Konishi Gaffney | Graeme Massie



10am Form and Structure: Time and Place
11.30am Language and Understanding
1pm The Narrative Tradition
2.30pm Imagination: Beyond Reason
4pm Social and Environmental Engagement

10am A Right Song and Dance
11.30am The Moving Sketchbook
1pm John Byrne RSA
2.30pm Form and Structure: Time and Place
4pm Language and Understanding

10am The Narrative Tradition
11.30am Imagination: Beyond Reason
1pm Social and Environmental Engagement
2.30pm A Right Song and Dance
4pm The Moving Sketchbook

10am John Byrne RSA
11.30am Form and Structure: Time and Place
1pm Language and Understanding
2.30pm The Narrative Tradition
4pm Imagination: Beyond Reason

10am Social and Environmental Engagement
11.30am A Right Song and Dance
1pm The Moving Sketchbook
2.30pm John Byrne RSA
4pm Form and Structure: Time and Place

10am Language and Understanding
11.30am The Narrative Tradition
1pm Imagination: Beyond Reason
2.30pm Social and Environmental Engagement
4pm A Right Song and Dance

10am The Moving Sketchbook
11.30am John Byrne RSA
1pm Form and Structure: Time and Place
2.30pm Language and Understanding
4pm The Narrative Tradition