Generous bequests and gifts from philanthropists and supporters have played a crucial role in shaping the Royal Scottish Academy as an independent institution.

Without this kind of enlightened support there could be no year-round programme of exhibitions, no scholarships, bursaries or prizes, no ambitious research residencies developed in partnership with centres throughout Scotland and no RSA Collections and Archives, endorsed by the Scottish Government as being of National Significance.

A bequest or legacy to the Royal Scottish Academy – be it small or large – can make a real difference to future generations of artists and is a wonderful way of supporting a cause that you feel passionate about. Your bequest can help us secure the future of Scottish contemporary art by providing vital resources to fund ambitious exhibition and educational programmes, support artists through scholarships and residencies or fund the digitisation of our collections in order to make them more accessible to the public and researchers. These are just a few areas where you could help support Scottish contemporary art and artists.

You can become a patron of the RSA by creating a Living Legacy. Either as a one off payment or a regular donation, Living Legacies can be started at any time of your choosing and can be used to support any RSA activity that you wish.

A bequest in your Will can take several forms, and we can send further details of these. Remembering the Royal Scottish Academy in your will may also reduce your inheritance tax liabilities as we are a registered charity. Leaving a proportion of your estate means that the Royal Scottish Academy will only benefit after family and friends are provided for and all other liabilities have been met. We strongly recommend that you seek professional advice when making or changing your will to ensure that your gift best matches your wishes.

Should you require further information either on bequests or on legacies, please contact us for further information and guidelines. We would like to ensure that your intentions, as specified in your Will, are met, therefore it may be helpful to arrange a confidential meeting to discuss your ideas further. Please note, any information you provide is treated in the strictest confidence and is in no way binding.





We’ve made the process easy by partnering with the award-winning McClure Solicitors. They can write your Will for FREE in return for you giving us a donation and considering leaving a gift to us in the future. If you have a Will already, McClure Solicitors can review it for free and update it to include a legacy to us.

Just visit or call 0800 852 1999 to arrange an appointment and please mention the RSA


For more information please contact
Colin Greenslade, Director
T: 0131 624 6110
RSA Charity Number: SC004198

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