26 Jan - 22 Feb 2019

We are delighted to present our 2019 Annual Exhibition, ALIGHT, in the majestic upper galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. We are now accepting entries for the open submission section of the exhibition, which gives artists at all stages in their careers an opportnity to exhibit their work in Scotland's flagship arts venue. Submissions are also open for the VAS : Inches Carr Mentoring Award, which is open to early to mid career makers, looking to advance their practise in conjunction with a mentor.

Open Submission

We are now inviting artists working in any media to apply to be part of our 2019 annual exhibition, putting contemporary applied arts and design disciplines and their relationship with contemporary fine art at the heart of the debate in Scotland's flagship exhibition venue.

This years prize fund currently stands at over £10,000!

Image credit; Michael Craik

Susie Leiper

Awards at Alight 2019

All works entered through the Open Submission are eligible for our wide variety of awards. This years award fund currently stands at over £15,000, and spans a mutitude of disciplines. Enter your work through the Open Submission section for your chance to scoop a bit of our impressive prize pot!

Image credit - Susie Leiper

Hirta Structure

Craft Scotland Celebrates ... Wood

In the third of our collaborations with Craft Scotland we will celebrate contemporary woodworking through a presentation of multidisciplinary works from gifted Scottish makers. Challenging the common perceptions of wood, this year our showcase highlights the versatility of wood as a craft material, and the diversity of applications it can be adapted to.

Image credit: Naomi McIntosh, Hirta Structure

Ute Decker

Jewellery Open Call 2019

We are seeking applications from contemporary jewellers and silversmiths whose work demonstrates conceptual thinking and innovation. VAS explores the regions where artforms crossover, especially those between the fine and applied arts, and we are looking for work that reflects this goal, as well as demonstrating outstanding design and craftsmanship.

Our invited jeweller for 2019 is pioneer of ethical jewellery practice, Ute Decker.

Image Credit - Ute Decker

Ffion at work

2019 VAS : Inches Carr Mentoring Award

In 2019 we will present work developed by Ffion Blench as a result of the inaugural award in 2018, along with a showcase of the shortlisted entries for the 2019 prize.

Submissions are now open for the 2019 award, and the deadline has been extended to 19 November.


2019 Graduate Showcase

Presenting our six selected exhibitors for the 2019 Graduate Showcase, generously supported once again by the Russel Trust. They are Daniel Craddock, Niklas Gustaffson, Jack Handscombe, Erin McQuarrie, Ailsa Morrant and Marcus Murison.

Image Credit: Erin McQuarrie