For 2018, Visual Arts Scotland and the Society of Scottish Artists will present one single open annual exhibition.  Jointly selected and curated by representatives of each Society, the exhibition will demonstrate fully the diversity of contemporary and applied art being created today.

Central to the show, as always, will be work selected through our open call to artists. All artists are welcome to submit work for consideration.

Members of Visual Arts Scotland benefit from reduced entry fees. Fees start at just £20, sign up online today to take advantage of this and many more membership perks:

There are TWO categories for artworks with separate deadlines;

Installation and New Media Pre-submission

We are now inviting pre-submissions of proposals for large scale, installation and unrealised works. We encourage ambitious new artwork created specifically for the space, or existing artwork that is re-purposed for this exhibition. This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Site specific and installation works
  • Work that requires specialist equipment for display, eg projectors
  • Any work requiring special conditions, eg a darkened room, a specially built structure...
  • Any work that requires alteration to be made to the fabric of the building
  • Work that requires special access due to its weight or size
  • Unrealised work that will be created specifically for the exhibition
  • Any other work that will require consultation and dialogue with the NGS

If your entry is an installation, film, performance, proposal for an unrealised work or a large scale work you can submit up to six images to describe the work. These can include sketches, reference material, descriptive text and images of past work. Proposals should be well-considered and clearly explained.

Deadline 5pm, Monday 18 September 2017

General Submission

All works in 2D and 3D forms. If your work doesn’t fall into the category above you should submit your work here. We welcome submissions in any media and there is no size restriction.
Submissions open Monday 25 September 2017
Deadline 5pm, Monday 6 November 2017

Key Dates:

Submissions for proposals for installations etc. works opens Thursday 3 August 2017
Deadline for proposals for installations etc works 5pm, Monday 18 September 2017
Pre-selected proposals announced by Thursday 12 October 2017

General submissions open Thursday 24 September 2017
Deadline for general submissions 5pm, Monday 6 November 2017
Pre-selected works announced by Thursday 30 November 2017

Hand in of pre-selected works Sunday 21 January Nov 2017 10am – 5pm
Return of non-selected works Wednesday 24 January 10am – 5pm
Open to public Saturday 29 January – Friday 9 March 2018
Final hand out Sunday 11 March 10am – 4pm


How to submit your work

All works must be submitted online digitally by the deadlines stated above. The links for the online submission site will be available here from 3 August.