RSA EXHIBITIONS 2011

RSA EXHIBITIONS 2011

Please access our exhibitions via the Princes Street entrance.
Admission to all RSA exhibitions is free unless otherwise stated.
Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12noon – 5pm.

GILL RUSSELL: UAMH/CAVE
1 – 31 January 2011. RSA Finlay Room
A single-room installation piece incorporating sculpture, light and sound by the 2010 artist-in-residence at Sabhal Mor Orstaig in Skye. During her time on Skye, Gill came across ‘Uamh an Ard Achadh’ (or ‘High Pasture Cave’) and began to take inspiration from this ancient Mesolithic site, which may have been viewed as an entrance to an ‘otherworld’. Uamh (Gaelic for cave) recreates elements of this environment.

RICHARD DEMARCO CBE HRSA
A Life In Pictures
Until 6 March. RSA Projects Room
Extended by popular demand, this exhibition highlights paintings, drawings and sketch books by Richard from throughout his long and illustrious career. From early art school pieces to recent activity the works will be an overview of his continued practice.

FOLK, YARN AND FANCY
Paintings from the RSA Collection
22 January – 16 June. RSA Friends Room
Open Mondays or by arrangement – 0131 225 3922
Using pieces from the extensive RSA Collection, this exhibition portrays folklore and belief throughout the ages. Art’s durability lends itself to this imparting of knowledge, ensuring it can be enjoyed and learned from in perpetuity. The RSA collections are a safe haven for the survival of our stories and this exhibition helps liberate them to new audiences.

WILLIAM LITTLEJOHN
Abstract Paintings from the Studio Collection
5 February – 6 March. RSA Finlay Room
In 2006, William Littlejohn bequeathed his studio to the Royal Scottish Academy. This exhibition will highlight the strength of his earlier abstract work in watercolour, oil and mixed media. The majority of the works are pre 1980 with some being exhibited for the first time in over thirty years. All works are available to purchase.

RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2011
19 March – 13 April. All RSA Galleries. Admission price £TBC
A smashing line up of the best fine art & architecture graduates from the 2010 degree shows. Selected from the five art schools and six architecture colleges across Scotland, some 60 artists and architects will present new bodies of work made over the past year, launching their careers in the prestigious RSA galleries. This year’s exhibition convenor is Sandy Moffat RSA.

RSA 185th ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2011
30 April – 8 June. All RSA Galleries. Admission price TBC
A highlight of the RSA programme, this curated exhibition features invited new works from across Scotland and beyond. Invited artists include RSA members and international artists as well as RSA Morton Award and RSA Barns Graham Award winners. A further selection of curated works from the RSA Collection will be on show. This year’s convener is Victoria Crowe OBE RSA.

HEATHER ROSS: ALASTAIR SALVESEN TRAVEL SCHOLAR 2010
29 June – 26 July. RSA Projects Room
Heather Ross won the prestigious Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship (£10,000) for painting and travel in 2011. Her award-winning proposal presented to the Salvesen committee dealt with Japanese-based themes of old and new, femininity and technology. Since being awarded the prize, Heather has travelled to Japan to further develop these themes and the resulting work will form the basis of this exhibition.

3×3: 3 ARCHITECTS, 3 PROJECTS, 3 IDEAS
18 June – 24 July. RSA Finlay Room
The first in a series of RSA exhibitions focused on architecture, ’3×3’ looks at the work of the RSA’s most recently appointed academicians, the architects Neil Gillespie, Gareth Hoskins and Charlie Sutherland. The exhibition focuses on three projects from each architect that explore ideas underpinning the approach of the architects and their practices, Reiach and Hall Architects, Gareth Hoskins Architects and Sutherland Hussey Architects.

MUSE
4 July – 9 January 2012 (tbc). RSA Friends Room
Portraying the female character and figure has always been a fascination for artists and the RSA collections hold a wealth of material demonstrating the inspiration of the female. From Robert Hope and John Aiken to contemporary treatments by the likes of Calum Colvin, the bond between artist and muse is explored. This exhibition will air some of the most spectacular works from the RSA collections.

IN JAPAN: HIGHLIGHTS OF ACADAMICIANS PRACTICE IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN
30 July – 18 September 2011. RSA Projects & Finlay Room
Featuring work by Elizabeth Blackadder, Paul Furneaux, Elspeth Lamb, Jake Harvey and others, this two-room exhibition will present academicians ‘Japanese’ practice, often in collaboration with Japanese artists. In addition to a large and varied selection of works by RSA members, there will be a significant collection of work by Moku hanga artists, curated by Elspeth Lamb during a recent trip to Japan. Other exhibition highlights will include a series of paperwork pieces, produced collaboratively by RSA members Arthur Watson and Ian Howard with Japanese artists.

RESIDENT: 11
8 October – 27 October 2011. RSA Lower Galleries
This dynamic selection of artists will be drawn from the RSA Residencies Partners, in collaboration with Creative Scotland, the Friends of the RSA, the Barns-Graham Trust and Sabhal-Mor-Orstaig. The exhibition will highlight the results of opportunities taken with residency centres and centres of excellence across Scotland. Exhibiting artists include Erica Eyres, Norman Shaw, Jan Pottinger-Glass, Cheryl Field and others.

RSA OPEN 2011
12 November – 18 December 2011. RSA Lower Galleries
A selected exhibition of small works sourced by open selection from artists across Scotland. Including new paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photographs, film and architecture. With a large range of well-priced works, the availability of the Own Art scheme and the arrival of a new point-of-sale device called the BouncePad, this exhibition is a terrific opportunity to make a purchase from this prestigious exhibition just in time to get on the walls for Christmas!

ACCESS INFORMATION

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