Opening Times:
Please check individual events for times & location.


Opening Times:
Please check individual events for times & location.

To complement the ongoing programme of exhibitions, the Royal Scottish Academy and Friends of the RSA Organisation host a number of exciting events which are open to the public. From gallery talks and evening lectures by artists and art specialists to evenings of poetry and music in the galleries – there is something for everyone!

The following events have been categorised as follows:
Salon Nights / Friend’s Sundays / Talks and Events.

Please note that some events are only available to RSA Friends Members. If you are interested in becoming an RSA Friend please call 0131 225 3922.

Our popular Salon Nights will continue this Autumn, with three scheduled to complement three RSA exhibitions. These evenings are unique opportunities to meet with the exhibiting artists and to gain an insight into their working methods and practices. As Salon Nights are promoted by email, please let us have your contact details, if we do not already have them.

RSA Friends’ Room. Doors open 6.30pm Free for Friends/£5
Thursday 23 September RSA New Works, Finlay Room.
Thursday 11 November RSA Open 2010, Lower Galleries.
Thursday 16 December 10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland and the European Avant-garde, Upper Galleries.

Although the Friends’ Room is not normally open on a Sunday, we would like to make it available to visitors on two Sunday afternoons in November during the RSA Open 2010. This will allow those who are not already Friends to sample the peaceful surroundings and refreshments available in the Friends’ Room – and perhaps even become members!

RSA Friends’ Room. 2.00 – 4.00pm.
Sunday 7 November
Sunday 21 November


Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery
& Visit to Studio of Marion Smith RSA
Depart The Mound 9.15am. £35 includes morning coffee and lunch.
McTaggart’s Children. With works from Kirkcaldy’s amazing collection, and loans from public and private collections, including the RSA, the Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating William McTaggart’s unique style and talent 100 years after his death. Come and explore this great artist’s work revealed in new ways!
We will have coffee on arrival in Café Wemyss at the Museum & Art Gallery at 10.30am, followed by a walk-through tour of the four galleries dedicated to this exhibition, led by Iain Clark, Exhibitions and Outreach Curator. Lunch is being provided at The Waterfront Restaurant in Kirkcaldy, and from there we will have the pleasure of visiting the sculpture studio of Marion Smith RSA in Leven, before heading back to Edinburgh.

Volunteers’ Tea Party
Friends’ Room 3.00-5.00pm. By invitation only

Edinburgh’s World Heritage
And Scotland’s Identity
RSA Library. Doors open 6.30pm Talk 7-7.30pm.
Tickets £8/12 includes wine.
Talk by Adam Wilkinson, Director EWH. Edinburgh World Heritage is a charity funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland, with the role of protecting, conserving and promoting the World Heritage Site. Edinburgh World Heritage (EWH) was created in 1999 by a merger of the Old Town Renewal Trust and the New Town Conservation Committee. Adam Wilkinson was appointed Director in April 2008. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and overall management of EWH, its staff and other organisational and financial resources, and for developing EWH’s national and international networks and partnerships. We are delighted that Adam has offered to come and talk to the Friends about Edinburgh’s World Heritage and Scotland’s Identity.

The Big Draw – Your Edinburgh
RSA Library 1.00-4.00pm. Admission Free
Free drop-in Drawing Session based on Richard Demarco’s linear drawings, lead by Gemma Coyle, our Education Coordinator. Come along and use your imagination to help create a unique Edinburgh landscape! No booking necessary. Materials provided. Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

All Star Casts!
Tour of the Cast Collection at Edinburgh College of Art
Meet in Sculpture Court at Edinburgh College of Art, Tour 2.30 – 3.15pm. Friends only £8
The Edinburgh Cast Collection comprises 265 plaster casts of Antique, Renaissance, and Gothic statues, bas reliefs, and architectural passages held at the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. The plaster casts at the Edinburgh College of Art are displayed in an A-listed building with a beautiful neo-Classical sculpture court, specifically designed to house the casts of the Parthenon frieze – works donated directly by Lord Elgin especially for the education of artists in Scotland.
After meeting in the Sculpture Court, the Friends will be given a tour of the Cast Collection, lasting about 45 minutes, followed by Afternoon Tea at Evolution House.

RSA Collections at The Dean
DREAMSCAPES: The Figure in Symbolist and Surrealist art
Meet at 10.15am at Front Door of The Dean
Talk & Tour 10.30am – 12.00noon. Friends only £6
The RSA Diploma Collection now contains 196 paintings, 36 sculptures and 48 architectural drawings or models by Academicians past and present. As the Royal Scottish Academy started to acquire its collection in 1831, we are delighted to be able to offer our Friends the opportunity to view some of the Diploma Collection in anticipation of its 180th anniversary in 2011.
The etching by Bill Blacker is indicative of the themes that will feature in Dreamscapes, the theme of talks to the Friends of the RSA, being held in the RSA Collections at the Dean Gallery. Inspired by different artworks from the collections, Sandy Wood and Joanna Soden plan to unwind the weird and wonderful ideas found in Symbolist and Surrealist art.
For the Autumn, two morning visits to The Dean Gallery are being offered to the Friends. Numbers are limited to 10 for each visit. Lunch reservations can be made for Café Newton at The Dean Gallery on 0131 624 6273.

Friends’ Private View
RSA Open 2010 & Richard Demarco at 80: A Life in Pictures
RSA Lower Galleries and Friends’ Room, 11.00am- 1.00pm

Gallery Talk & Tour
RSA Open 2010 by Ian Mckenzie Smith PPRSA, Exhibition Convenor
RSA Lower Galleries. Meet In Friends’ Room at 2.30pm Talk & Tour 3.00- 3.45pm £6/£10 Includes coffee

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Portrait of the Nation…a taster of what’s to come!
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (NGS) 4.00pm £6/£10
The renovation of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street is well under way, and still on schedule to reopen in November next year. At the moment, one hundred or so construction workers are hard at work revealing the clarity and elegance of architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson’s Arts and Crafts masterpiece, as well as introducing the proper services, education spaces and research facilities that the gallery has long lacked.
James Holloway has been Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery since 1997. He trained at the Courtauld Institute at London University and has worked at the National Gallery of Scotland and the National Museum of Wales.

Talk by Arthur Watson RSA
Richard Demarco at 80: A Life in Pictures
RSA Friends’ Room & RSA Library
Meet in Friends’ Room at 6.30pm £8/£12 includes wine.

Sir William Gillies RSA Bequest Lecture
Details not available at the time of publication
Please check
or call 0131 225 6671

Friends’ Private View
10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland and the European Avant-garde
RSA Upper Galleries 11.00am- 1.00pm, Friends’ only.

Gallery Talk & Tour
10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland and the European Avant-garde
Dr Euan McArthur, Exhibition Convenor
RSA Upper Galleries, meet in Friends’ Room 10.30am .Talk & Tour 11.00-11.45am £6/£10 includes coffee

Carols in the Galleries
RSA Upper Galleries, doors open 6.30pm
Tickets £12/£16 includes wines & mince pies
We are delighted to have Stevenson College Edinburgh with us to help celebrate the season. SCE offers courses from foundation to degree level in music performance, and is the first Further Education College in Scotland to offer a performance degree in classical music. As a result, SCE has an excellent reputation for producing highly skilled musicians, who have performed in concert venues throughout the UK – and beyond – to great public acclaim.
This evening you will experience the true musical flavour of Christmas and gain an insight into the artistic talents of SCE’s aspiring musicians. You are encouraged to fully participate in the carol singing! Wine and mince pies will be served.

Our aim is to deliver a varied programme of talks, events and day tours with something of interest for everyone. However, in order to continue to programme successful events we are always keen to hear constructive comments and ideas. Any suggestions can be posted to the Friends’ Office or emailed to