RESEARCH 2009: RSA Awards in Focus

RSA Lower Galleries

Free entry


This exhibition presents the work of seven artists who were awarded RSA Opportunities in 2008/09. Developmental support of artists towards the creation of new work is a primary aim of the RSA, with opportunities currently given to some 35+ artists per annum.


The RSA residency initiatives have often acted as a stepping-stone between art school and fledgling career for many now distinguished Scottish artists. Some opportunities are for international travel. while others enable the development of new work in Scotland with a variety of partner and collaborating venues. Please check the scholarships & awards page of our website for a full list of opportunities.

Exhibiting artists:


Eòghann MacColl / Sabhal Mor Ostaig Residency
Eòghann recently completed a residency at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig; a Gaelic-speaking further education college situated on the Isle of Skye. Eòghann is interested in indigenous histories and stories from cultures that have had to survive beside, or within, larger or more dominant ones. Frequently images are landscapes where the land meets the sea, yet they contain visual elements - the side of a house, a road, playing fields, a car park - hinting at the communities in these isolated coastal regions of Europe. Eòghann has also created found-object pieces and a series of photographs dealing with identity and citizenship for this exhibition.


Iain Gardner / Friends of the RSA Bursary winner 2008
Iain will be showing sketches from for the first stage of Animals; a series of existential fables featuring personified animals, whose words and sounds will form the basis for a mixed-media music theatre work incorporating the animations, which have been created with the support of the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy Bursary. The eventual theatre work will be in collaboration with writer Johnny Rodger and composer Stephen Davismoon.


RSA John Kinross Scholars: Sean Ambrose; Jan Pottinger-Glass; Teresa Sciberras; Ric Warren; Jill Zhang
The RSA John Kinross Memorial Fund was set up in memory of John Kinross RSA; a renowned architect who was greatly influenced by Florence, the beautiful Italian city which has been an inspiration to generations of artists and architects. Each scholar is awarded £2,000 for a three month period of study in Florence and, on their return, has one work accessioned into the prestigious RSA collection.