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Hear from Collections Curator Sandy Wood, Alexander Moffat RSA, Dr Joanna Soden HRSA, Andrew McPherson and Murdo Macdona...
09/01/2024

Hear from Collections Curator Sandy Wood, Alexander Moffat RSA, Dr Joanna Soden HRSA, Andrew McPherson and Murdo Macdonald HRSA in this year’s annual RSA William Gillies Lecture.

Focusing on the acclaimed artist himself, the lecture will give insights into the life and work of Sir William Gillies RSA. Our speakers will discuss Gillies’ time at Edinburgh College of Art, the history of the Gillies Bequest and the new interpretations explored in Andrew McPherson’s book, William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art.

Booking now: ow.ly/Jb8350Qp6S6

🎟️£12 | £10 RSA Friends and concessions
📆Tuesday 23 January, 6pm

There’s just one week left to apply for RSA Residencies for Scotland 2024. Artists taking part in Residences for Scotlan...
06/01/2024

There’s just one week left to apply for RSA Residencies for Scotland 2024.

Artists taking part in Residences for Scotland conceive and plan their residencies entirely on their own terms, allowing for a period of uninhibited creativity. This year, we're delighted to be working with over 20 venues across Scotland, including:
📍Forgan Arts Centre
📍Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
📍Edinburgh Printmakers
📍Glasgow Print Studio
📍The Pier Arts Centre

Visit our website for more information on participating residency venues, entry conditions and details on how to apply: ow.ly/iYJL50QeVNp

📆Deadline: Sunday 14 January, 5pm.

New year, new job?There are just a few days left to apply to be our new Office Administrator. You'll be the initial poin...
05/01/2024

New year, new job?

There are just a few days left to apply to be our new Office Administrator. You'll be the initial point of contact for all enquiries, manage the calendar and support and assist the Academy Coordinator and the Finance Administrator.

This is an exciting time to join our dynamic team as we approach our 200th anniversary in 2026.

🔗Find out more: ow.ly/UrpL50Qo5TJ
📆 Deadline: Sunday 7 January, 6pm

Modernism and Nation is currently on display in the galleries, and includes a number of William Gillies’ portraits.This ...
04/01/2024

Modernism and Nation is currently on display in the galleries, and includes a number of William Gillies’ portraits.

This work is of the artist’s elder sister Janet, or Jenny. She looks very different to how she is presented in Sisters Emma and Janet, a work painted two years earlier. Gillies has aged her with paint roughly applied by palette knife to an oversized face and hands.

Jenny has a saintly presence and the objects around her seem to float in her orbit. These objects are symbols that Gillies has used to suggest a story of family and religion.

You can explore Portrait of Jenny further, and discover audio interpretations by exhibition curator Sandy Wood and artist Sandy Moffat, via our guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app: ow.ly/HvG150QnNHo

🖼️William Gillies RSA, Portrait of Jenny (c.1933-34)

Having been a mainstay of our calendar since its inception 198 years ago, the Annual Exhibition has evolved over the yea...
03/01/2024

Having been a mainstay of our calendar since its inception 198 years ago, the Annual Exhibition has evolved over the years, providing a platform for Scottish art alongside international artists.

The exhibition encompasses both the physical and digital, combining the artworks on display in the galleries with those shown online, some exclusively designed as such and others as companions or in tandem to work in the galleries.

Submissions are now open for 2024, and we welcome artworks of any scale and in any fine art medium.

🔗More details: ow.ly/HoYx50Qnt1h
📆Deadline: 21 February 2024, 5pm

✨Happy Hogmanay from the RSA! ✨We’ve had a busy year full of awards, events and exhibitions, and we look forward to welc...
31/12/2023

✨Happy Hogmanay from the RSA! ✨

We’ve had a busy year full of awards, events and exhibitions, and we look forward to welcoming you back into the galleries in 2024.

🖼️John Houston RSA, New York Party (1983)

COMING SOON: ImpressionsThis January, we’re pleased to present Impressions, an exhibition of historic and more recent pr...
29/12/2023

COMING SOON: Impressions

This January, we’re pleased to present Impressions, an exhibition of historic and more recent prints by Royal Scottish Academicians.

Including limited edition prints by John Mackechnie, Willie Rodger, Kate Downie, Paul Furneaux, Elizabeth Blackadder and many other Royal Scottish Academicians, the exhibition will highlight some of the foremost printmakers in Scottish art. It will be an opportunity to acquire exquisite examples of printmaking at affordable prices.

📆13 January - 11 February 2024
🏛️The Academicians’ Gallery

🖼️Willie Rodger RSA, Sunday, Brighton (1971)

As a new year beckons, many of us will be filling in key dates, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and medical appointme...
27/12/2023

As a new year beckons, many of us will be filling in key dates, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and medical appointments in our new 2024 calendars. So, we thought there would be no better opportunity to share a special group of prints - the Peacock Calendar Suite of 1976.

Peacock Printmakers was founded in Aberdeen in 1974 by a group of artists, most of whom had graduated in Design from Gray’s School of Art. Included were Arthur Watson PPRSA, Ian McKenzie Smith PPRSA, and Ian Fleming RSA. In 1975, Peacock undertook their first collaborative venture when five artists were invited to make a print for the Printmakers’ first suite. Learning from this experience, they decided to try something even more ambitious in 1976.

Setting a very strict size limit for each image, the Board invited a dozen artists to produce a print themed on a month of the year. The result was the Peacock Calendar Suite.

Find out more, and explore all 12 prints included in the calendar over on our latest blog post: ow.ly/rmXK50QjF4p

🏛️Calling all Architects🏛️Now in its 198th year, our Annual Exhibition is the most extensive yearly presentation of cont...
23/12/2023

🏛️Calling all Architects🏛️

Now in its 198th year, our Annual Exhibition is the most extensive yearly presentation of contemporary art and architecture in Scotland.

The Open Architecture element aims to highlight some of the most interesting current architectural practices across Scotland and beyond.

For this year’s architecture open call, a theme has been set to explore how a body of work might intersect, collide or align around an area of focus. Submissions are invited for works that respond to the theme of ‘Critical Action’. In the face of an ever-growing climate emergency and rising inequalities, we welcome submissions that harness the potential of people, locality, materiality, and environment to shape our urban, rural and societal landscapes positively.

🔗Find out more and submit: ow.ly/Kbtn50Ql5tC
📆Wednesday 21 February 2024, 5pm

Our touring exhibition, William Gillies: Modernism and Nation at the John Gray Centre in Haddington brings works from th...
22/12/2023

Our touring exhibition, William Gillies: Modernism and Nation at the John Gray Centre in Haddington brings works from the RSA Gillies Bequest back to his birthplace, for the first time in over 25 years.

The exhibition focuses on the period until Gillies left Haddington to live in Edinburgh in 1928. It contains work from his time at Knox Academy and as a student at Edinburgh College of Art, which shows the early influences of Impressionism, graphic and academic art. In 1923, a travelling grant took him to the Paris studio of André Lhote. This experience opened a door to cubism and the freedoms Modernism could offer to a young and aspiring painter like Gillies.

🔗View online: ow.ly/7cvX50QkYW4
🖼️William Gillies RSA, Trees on the Letham Burn, Haddington (c.1926-27)

When elected as a Royal Scottish Academician, an artist chooses a work to enter the Diploma Collection. It is a personal...
21/12/2023

When elected as a Royal Scottish Academician, an artist chooses a work to enter the Diploma Collection. It is a personal summary of their art. William Gillies chose this work, and not a landscape that the countryman narrative might suggest.

What appears at first to be a considered still life is more interesting when we look closer. The composition is split into rectangles and pictorial spaces, some of which are more abstract than others. How we read each space influences how we see the others, suspending the painting between observation, memory, and imagination.

You can view Gillies’ Diploma work, and discover more of his extraordinary story now in our current exhibition, Modernism and Nation: ow.ly/eOou50QkXaf

📍Online and in the gallery
🎟️Free

Could you be our new Office Administrator?If you're an organised, strong communicator with excellent administration skil...
20/12/2023

Could you be our new Office Administrator?

If you're an organised, strong communicator with excellent administration skills, then we want to hear from you. You'll be the initial point of contact for all enquiries and provide professional support and general assistance to the RSA team.

🔗Find out more: ow.ly/2v5L50Qkwi7
📆 Deadline: Sunday 7 January

📷Kat Cutler-MacKenzie, You are my Joan of Arc. Photo Julie Howden.

❄️Festive opening hours❄️There are just a few days left to explore the Christmas Show. A celebration of our Academicians...
19/12/2023

❄️Festive opening hours❄️

There are just a few days left to explore the Christmas Show. A celebration of our Academicians, the exhibition showcases over 150 brilliant works.

William Gillies: Modernism and Nation will be closed from Monday 25 - Sunday 31 December, and open from 12pm on Monday 1 January.

🖼️Henry Kondracki RSA, Arthur's Seat Winter Sky

⭐Artist Opportunity⭐Now in its 198th year, our Annual Exhibition is the most extensive yearly presentation of contempora...
18/12/2023

⭐Artist Opportunity⭐

Now in its 198th year, our Annual Exhibition is the most extensive yearly presentation of contemporary art and architecture in Scotland.

Submissions are now open for 2024 for artworks in any fine art medium or suitable architectural medium. Artists and architects worldwide can submit their work for presentation online and in the galleries.

🔗More details on how to submit: ow.ly/QfCv50QjGwf
📆Deadline: 21 February 2024, 5pm

There's still a brilliant selection of artworks under £500 available from the Christmas Show. Purchases placed on or bef...
16/12/2023

There's still a brilliant selection of artworks under £500 available from the Christmas Show.

Purchases placed on or before 18 December are available for pre-Christmas delivery and collection can be made up to, and including, Christmas Eve.

Alfons Bytautas RSA, Ancient Place
£195 | 10 x £19.50 with Own Art

Henry Kondracki RSA, Toy Yacht
£400 | 10 x £40 with Own Art

Willie Rodger RSA, Trees in the Wind
£500

Keith McIntyre RSA, There was Three Kings…
£320 | 10 x £32 with Own Art

📆Until Thu 21 December
🎁Online and in the gallery

Residencies Spotlight 🔎To celebrate RSA Residencies for Scotland 2024, we’re showcasing some of our residency venues and...
15/12/2023

Residencies Spotlight 🔎

To celebrate RSA Residencies for Scotland 2024, we’re showcasing some of our residency venues and artists who have been involved with the scheme. Today, let's look at the work of Matthew Wilson, who spent a two month research period at RSA Collections, and a three-month studio period at Dundee Contemporary Arts’ printmaking studio.

'A high point of my time at DCA was using equipment to develop new and experimental ways of printmaking, with materials that are not usually associated with the traditions of the medium. The most special one for me was using the laser cutter to engrave separated layers from mid-19th Century Arundel Society prints into different coloured carbon paper sheets, and then transferring them on to paper to create multi-layered monotype prints.

The residency has hugely benefitted me and my artistic practice. The funding allowed me to focus on my artwork for a full-time period for the first time in several years, which I knew was going to be beneficial from the time of writing my proposal.'

RSA Residencies for Scotland is an artist-led scheme which provides valuable research and residency opportunities. Applications are now open for Residencies for Scotland 2024.

🔗ow.ly/SznM50QiKAa

📷Matthew Wilson in DCA print studio, photo Helen Macdonald

📖William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art📖Exploring issues of cultural politics, s*x, gender, religion and m...
14/12/2023

📖William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art📖

Exploring issues of cultural politics, s*x, gender, religion and mental health, Andrew McPherson’s new publication shows that William Gillies' art originates in his personal traumas during a century of world wars, change and uncertainty.

This remarkable new account sheds light on his life and work, uncovering unseen paintings and revealing new meanings to Gillies’ portraits, still lifes and landscapes.

🔗Available to purchase in the gallery and online: ow.ly/FuM050QiMBV

In 1973, we received the single largest bequest we have ever been given. It spans the entire career of the artist Sir Wi...
13/12/2023

In 1973, we received the single largest bequest we have ever been given. It spans the entire career of the artist Sir William George Gillies RA RSA RSW. From teenage works to the painting left on his easel when he died, it includes oil paintings, watercolours, drawings in a variety of media and sketchbooks. Critically, there is also an archive of photographs, correspondence, writings and an associated private library.

Find out more about the bequest, Gillies’ influences and our new exhibitions in our latest blog post, William Gillies: Celebrating a British Modernist, over on our website.

🔗ow.ly/TzWk50QilXn
🖼️William Gillies RSA, Inverness (1925)

Our Christmas Show is the perfect opportunity to add quality artworks to your collection. All works are currently availa...
12/12/2023

Our Christmas Show is the perfect opportunity to add quality artworks to your collection. All works are currently available for pre-Christmas collection or delivery.

Adrian Wiszniewski RSA, Sun God
£3,000 | 10 x £300 with Own Art

Henry Kondracki RSA, Little Grey Cottage
£450 | 10 x £45 with Own Art

John Mackechnie RSA, Valiant
£2,600 | 10 x £260 with Own Art

📆Until Thu 21 December
🎁Online and in the gallery: ow.ly/wjj050QgSav

Join us in the gallery this Tuesday to celebrate the launch of William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art by A...
10/12/2023

Join us in the gallery this Tuesday to celebrate the launch of William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art by Andrew McPherson, a new monograph on the artist published by Edinburgh University Press in partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy.

Surrounded by rarely seen works and acclaimed masterpieces, author Andrew McPherson will discuss his publication, which sheds new light on the practice of this hugely significant Scottish artist.

📆Tuesday 12 December, 6pm
🎟️Free: ow.ly/IJEp50QgRQL

⭐NOW OPEN⭐We're delighted to welcome you into the gallery for Modernism and Nation, a celebration of the life and work o...
09/12/2023

⭐NOW OPEN⭐

We're delighted to welcome you into the gallery for Modernism and Nation, a celebration of the life and work of Sir William Gillies RSA.

Born in Haddington, Gillies served in the First World War and taught and inspired generations of Scottish artists at Edinburgh College of Art. This introductory exhibition and its associated publication seek to give wider recognition to Gillies, his practice, and his life within the story of British Modernism.

William Gillies: Modernism and Nation is also at the John Gray Centre in Haddington until 26th April 2024.

📆 On view 28 January 2024
🎟️Free
🔗Explore online: ow.ly/ITfx50QgRaA

📣We're hiring!📣We're looking for an Office Administrator to join our team. You'll be the initial point of contact for al...
08/12/2023

📣We're hiring!📣

We're looking for an Office Administrator to join our team. You'll be the initial point of contact for all enquiries, manage the calendar and support and assist the Academy Coordinator and the Finance Administrator.

This is an exciting time to join our dynamic team as we approach our 200th anniversary in 2026.

🔗Find out more via our website: ow.ly/3QYa50QgH2b
📆 Deadline: Sunday 7 January

07/12/2023

The Christmas Show includes over 150 works by our Academicians. Romey, our Gallery Coordinator and Registrar, tells us all about her favourite artwork, Thinking like the Earth - the mind of nature II by Glen Onwin RSA.

📆Explore online and in the gallery until Thursday 21 December: ow.ly/PECg50Qgl5h

⭐Booking now: The RSA William Gillies Lecture⭐This year, our annual William Gillies Lecture will focus on the life and w...
05/12/2023

⭐Booking now: The RSA William Gillies Lecture⭐

This year, our annual William Gillies Lecture will focus on the life and work of the acclaimed artist himself. Exhibition curator Sandy Wood will introduce a discussion chaired by Murdo Macdonald HRSA, featuring Alexander Moffat RSA, Joanna Soden HRSA, and Andrew McPherson.

Andrew McPherson’s new book, William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art, and its extraordinary new story of Gillies' life and art, will act as a foundation for the discussion.

🎟️£12 | £10 RSA Friends and concessions
📆23 January, 6 pm: ow.ly/qtq350QeW36

Artists taking part in Residences for Scotland conceive and plan their residencies entirely on their own terms, allowing...
04/12/2023

Artists taking part in Residences for Scotland conceive and plan their residencies entirely on their own terms, allowing for a period of uninhibited creativity. Open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, the emphasis is on enabling a period of research, development and production, as well as on the acquisition and exchange of new skills and experiences.

This year, we're delighted to be working with over 20 venues across Scotland on Residencies for Scotland, including:

📍 Colstoun Artist Residency
📍 Cove Park
📍 Cromarty Arts Trust
📍 Deveron Projects

Visit our website for more information on participating residency venues, entry conditions and details on how to apply.

📆Deadline: Sunday 14 January 2024, 5pm: ow.ly/iYJL50QeVNp

Now on view in the Academicians’ Gallery, our Christmas Show is the perfect opportunity to add quality works by acclaime...
03/12/2023

Now on view in the Academicians’ Gallery, our Christmas Show is the perfect opportunity to add quality works by acclaimed Scottish artists to your collection: ow.ly/eief50Qb58o

Works on view include Cortijo, Lanjarón by Barbara Rae RSA, available for £3,400 or 10 payments of £340 with Own Art.

📆Until Thu 21 December
🎁Explore online and in the gallery

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of John Byrne RSA. A giant of contemporary culture in Scotland, John was...
01/12/2023

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of John Byrne RSA. A giant of contemporary culture in Scotland, John was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 2004 and became a full Member in 2005.

In a 2011 interview in The Herald, John recounted a story from his youth when he took the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh to attend a prize-giving ceremony at the RSA, where he was due to collect a painting award. Lighting up a cigarette before the royal toast, Byrne incurred the wrath of Academician David Donaldson, placing him, he felt, on ‘a shooglie nail’ at the RSA ever since. However, going on to become an internationally-renowned painter and playwright, and an Academician himself, John was a much-loved and respected member of our community and will be deeply missed by his friends here at the RSA.

Image: John Byrne RSA, Biggish Self Portrait (2018)

COMING SOON: William Gillies: Modernism and NationWe're thrilled to present Modernism and Nation, an anniversary exhibit...
30/11/2023

COMING SOON: William Gillies: Modernism and Nation

We're thrilled to present Modernism and Nation, an anniversary exhibition of renowned Academician Sir William Gillies. With rarely seen works on view alongside acclaimed masterpieces, the exhibition sheds new light on the practice of this hugely significant artist who changed the course of modern art in Scotland.

The exhibition is accompanied and inspired by a groundbreaking new book, William Gillies: Modernism and Nation in British Art. You can hear from author Andrew McPherson at our Book Launch and Signing on Tuesday 12 December. Plus, Andrew will be joined by Murdo Macdonald HRSA, Alexander Moffat RSA and Joanna Soden HRSA at our annual William Gillies Lecture on Tuesday 23 January, which will focus on the life and work of the acclaimed artist himself.

Modernism and Nation is also at the John Gray Centre in Haddington until 26 April 2024, and on tour around Scotland from March 2024 until early 2026.

📆 9 December 2023 - 28 January 2024 | Free
🔗Find out more: ow.ly/qmu550QcU0m

As the countdown to Christmas begins, we thought we’d get festive!❄️Most people are familiar with the song ‘The Twelve D...
29/11/2023

As the countdown to Christmas begins, we thought we’d get festive!❄️

Most people are familiar with the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, even if we can’t always remember all the categories and quantities, and we set ourselves the challenge of seeing whether we could illustrate the song with wonderful works .

From David McClure RSA’s Flowers with Red Pear to Ian Hamilton Finlay HRSA & Ron Costley's The Little Drummer Boy, you can explore the twelve works we've selected on our latest blog post over on our website: ow.ly/43um50Qcv6V

Our Christmas Show is a brilliant opportunity to add affordable, original works by some of the best known names in Scott...
28/11/2023

Our Christmas Show is a brilliant opportunity to add affordable, original works by some of the best known names in Scottish art to your collection. Plus, you can make purchasing artworks even easier by spreading the cost over 10 interest-free monthly instalments with Own Art.

Norman McBeath RSA, Gift
£275 | 10 x £27.50

Alfons Bytautas RSA, Oracle 1
£500 | 10 x £50

Jo Ganter RSA, Free Form 1
£380 | 10 x £38

Henry Kondracki RSA, Toy Yacht
£400 | 10 x £40

📆Until Thu 21 December
🎁Online and in the gallery: ow.ly/eief50Qb58o

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