RSA Annual Exhibition 2008

RSA Upper and Lower Galleries

Admission £4 / £2 Conc.




A highlight of the exhibiting year for artists, architects and members of the public, the exhibition showcases around 350 works by the best of both established and emerging artists from across the country, it aims to present a comprehensive cross section of contemporary art in Scotland and includes painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation. Most works are for sale.


The Royal Scottish Academy is delighted to acknowledge State Street and Skene Edwards as sponsors of the RSA 182nd Annual Exhibition.


This year the RSA Annual Exhibition will have four distinct aspects:

  • The main body of the exhibition will be by RSA Academicians and selected submissions from leading and emerging artists from across the country.
  • The exhibition will include a specially curated aspect New Scots/New Scotland, highlighting the work of contemporary artists who have made Scotland their home. Featuring invited artists Alex Pollard, Barry Atherton, David Shrigley, Hanneline Visnes, Ilana Halperin, Shauna MacMullan, Erica Eyres, Nathalie de Briey, Louise Hopkins and Sam Ainsley. This is the second in a series of exhibitions highlighting our nation as a creative and innovative force: following on from ‘Highland: Visual responses to Highland Scotland’ in 2007, and continuing with ‘Homecoming: a celebration of Scottish artists abroad’ in 2009.
  • The exhibition will also showcase new works by two RSA award winners of 2007. Morton Award winner, Leena Nammari’s new film and associated work deals with ideas of being a ‘new’ Scot from Palestine. Barns-Graham Travel Award winner, Mair Hughes new body of research looks at the role of art and food technology across Europe.
  • A complementary show in the RSA Library called New Scots will be drawn from the Academy’s permanent collection and archive. It will reflect on the rich, multi-cultural nature of the RSA as an institution. Since its foundation, the membership of the Royal Scottish Academy has embraced artists and architects whose origins are from not only other parts of the United Kingdom but also from Europe, Asia and the United States, thus echoing to an extent the ethnic diversity of Scotland as a whole. Artists represented include Albert Morocco RSA, Benno Schotz RSA, Jack Coia RSA and also Fanindra Nath Bose ARSA, the RSA’s first Indian Member who emigrated from Calcutta and died in Peebles in 1926.


State Street

State Street Corporation is the world’s leading provider of financial services to institutional investors. As part of the company’s commitment to supporting the communities in which it invests and works, State Street has contributed more than £68 million (US$120 million) to community development programs worldwide, since the State Street Foundation was established in 1977. Locally, State Street’s support of Scottish based community organisations include Scottish Community Foundation, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Prince’s Trust, Granton Baptist Church, Music at the Brewhouse, South Edinburgh Amenities Group, Fairbridge Scotland and Project Scotland.

Skene Edwards

In 2008 Skene Edwards WS celebrate 150 years of providing legal services in Edinburgh’s city centre. Founded in 1858 by William Forbes Skene and William Peacock Edwards, the firm has gone from strength to strength and commands a loyal following of clients throughout Scotland and beyond. We take particular pride in offering a personal and tailored service to our clients in the fields of commercial business and property, residential property purchase and sale, personal wealth management and estate and tax planning. Skene Edwards has enjoyed an association with The Royal Scottish Academy, both as legal advisers and patrons, extending for over one hundred years, and we are delighted to be a sponsor of its 182nd Annual Exhibition. The appreciation of visual art is an integral part of Scottish life and the Academy has done a great deal to make its exhibitions and facilities attractive and accessible to both local people and visitors from further afield. This year’s Annual Exhibition showcases around 350 works by the best of both established and emerging artists from across Scotland and occupies all twelve of the magnificent refurbished galleries within the Academy building. We wish the Academy well for this and its future exhibitions and hope that you derive as much enjoyment from them as we do.


For a 360° panorama of the show click on gallery links below.
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 A | Gallery 2 B | Gallery 3 | Gallery 4 | Gallery 5 | Gallery 6 | Gallery 8 | Gallery 9 | Gallery 10 | Gallery 11 | Sculpture Court A | Sculpture Court B