Opening Times:
Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm


Opening Times:
Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm

RSA Upper and Lower Galleries

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy

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“An impressive show” ****[4 stars] – Susan Mansfield in The Scotsman

“A host of talent” – Giles Sutherland in The Times

“Handsomely hung and thematically coherent” – Moira Jeffrey in The Scotland on Sunday

“Streamlined and intelligent” – Claudia Massie in The Spectator Arts Blog

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a highlight of the exhibiting year and features RSA Academicians and selected submissions from leading and emerging artists from across Scotland, as well as a number of specially invited artists and architects. This year’s exhibition convenor is Victoria Crowe RSA.

The theme of this year’s show is Transformation – Documenting the Artists’ Practise from Inspiration to Creation. Focusing on the importance of preparatory work, the exhibition will include sketches, work books and preliminary drawings amongst other material, to document the transformative journey from initial idea through to realised work. The exhibition will provide an insight into the creative development of an artist’s work, and will be an educative and involving experience.

The invited artists are:
Briony Anderson
Anne Bevan
Elizabeth Blackadder RSA
Fred Bushe RSA (memorial)
Vincent Butler RSA
Ken Currie
Stuart Duffin RSA
Earl Haig RSA (memorial)
Andrew Mackenzie
Will Maclean RSA
Jock McFadyen
Lorna McIntosh
David Michie RSA
Thea Musgrave HRSA
Toby Paterson
Olwen Shone
Marion Smith RSA
Bridget Stead
Ian Stewart
Philip Reeves RSA

Invited Architects are:
John McAslan of John McAslan + Partners
McInnes Usher McKnight Architects (MUMA)
Richard Murphy Architects
Robert Steedman RSA of Morris & Steedman Architects
Dorian Wiszniewski of Wiszniewski Thomson Architects.

The exhibition will also present new works by three RSA award winners from the last year. Christine Borland will present new works for the exhibition as part of the RSA Morton Award. Geri Loup Nolan, RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award winner and Jean Duncan, winner of the RSA William Littlejohn Watercolour Award will also exhibit new work.

There will also be gallery tours, artist talks, meet the artists evenings and associated events to encourage the public to get involved and learn more about the art/artists in the show. This range of activities will be hosted by the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy.

The exhibition will be spread across all 12 RSA Galleries and will include painting, sculpture, film making, photography, printmaking, architecture and installation and will be accompanied by a full colour publication.

Good news is that most of the works are available for purchase. Better news is that 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


Thursday 5 May
Gallery Tours
with Victoria Crowe RSA, Exhibition Convenor
Morning Tour 11-12noon
Afternoon Tour 3-4pm
Ticket £6 includes coffee from 10.30am & 2.30pm
Friends only

Saturday 7 May
Free Drawing Workshop
with Gemma Coyle
Based around work in the Exhibition.
Please call to reserve a place.
Open to children ages 8 – 12
RSA Friends’ Room. 2 – 3.30pm

Thursday 12 May
From Inspiration to Creation –
the artist’s practice
A unique opportunity to hear three major talents describe their personal experiences of the creative process. Artist, Sandy Moffat RSA, will be joined by recently appointed Makar, Liz Lochhead and composer and singer Gareth Williams. To demonstrate an example of a resulting outcome, singers from the RSAMD will perform a 15 minute opera. RSA Upper Galleries. Doors open 6.30pm
Ticket £20 includes wine and cocktails

Thursday 19 May
Artists in Dialogue
Invited artists Andrew Mackenzie and Anne Bevan will introduce their work and discuss shared experiences of the creative development of an artist’s work. Described as ‘one of Scotland’s most interesting artists, a complex and meticulous painter’, Andrew is originally from Banff and now lives and works in the Borders; Anne is from Orkney and is a lecturer in the School of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. RSA Upper Galleries.
Doors open 6.30pm
Ticket £8 includes wine and a dram

Thursday 26 May
A Royal Reception Celebrating 25 Years
We are delighted that our Patron, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, has accepted an invitation to our anniversary celebration. Join us to welcome His Royal Highness to a glittering reception, in the prestigious surroundings of the 185th RSA Annual Exhibition, to celebrate 25 years supporting the work of the Royal Scottish Academy, and the Friends’ sponsorship of the Annual Exhibition. A sparkling selection of drinks and canapés, a 25th birthday cake , music from Sax Ecosse and of course great company will feature. RSA Upper Galleries.
Doors open 5.15pm (no entry after 5.45)
Ticket £25, Friends & guests only

Tuesday 7 June
A Musical Journey
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, Victoria Crowe RSA, exhibition convenor, and Live Music Now Scotland welcome Friends of the RSA to join an invited audience of music students and young singers to hear mezzo-soprano Linda Ormiston give a Masterclass for young musicians. The Masterclass will be followed by an introduction to the Exhibition by Victoria Crowe RSA and Charles Sutherland RSA (Elect), and a performance which will include music by Thea Musgrave HRSA whose work Turbulent Landscapes and commissioned pieces will be introduced by Hugh MacDonald, former Head of Music at BBC Scotland. RSA Upper Galleries.
Doors open 6.30pm
Ticket £15 includes wine

Exhibition publication supported by Giclee UK Ltd.