RSA New Contemporaries 2009

RSA Upper and Lower Galleries
Admission £2/£1 concessions
School groups and under 12's Free




RSA New Contemporaries is a new and curated annual exhibition which focuses on the finest emerging artists & architects in Scotland. This exciting new show has evolved out of the long standing and much anticipated RSA Annual Student Exhibition which was first held at the RSA in 1976 and marks our commitment presenting and supporting the best contemporary art in Scotland.

It features nearly 60 graduates selected from the 2008 Degree shows by a team of RSA Members, lead by Professor Will Maclean RSA, and representatives of the six schools of Architecture and five main colleges of art in Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Elgin (Moray College of Art) which should be given special note as this is their first year of participation.


Instead of exhibiting solo works in isolation, the revamped exhibition held in all 12 of the magnificent RSA Galleries, gives each artist the opportunity to showcase a selection of new work providing a more comprehensive representation and includes painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation.


We envisaged that the development of this exhibition will be one of the most important initiatives for emerging artists in Scotland each year, enabling a 'first exhibition' opportunity for some 60+ emergent artists annually. The exhibition will be an unique opportunity to see the best of Scotland's emerging talent under one roof. Colin Greenslade, RSA Programme Director.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour publication. Many works will be available for purchase. 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


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