We continue to put contemporary applied arts and design disciplines and their relationship with contemporary fine art at the heart of the debate in our upcoming annual exhbition, ALIGHT. We are seeking submissions from artists and makers working in all disciplines and exploring any materials. VAS represents artists in all fine and applied art media, and seeks to explore the middle ground between the two with its diverse and varied annual exhibition.

The Open Submission offers the distinct opportunity for emerging and established contemporary artists, designers and craft makers, members and non-members to showcase new and unseen work in Scotland’s flagship exhibiting venue.  Diversity is as always at the heart of our curatorial vision.

Works selected through the open submission are also eligible for an ever growing list of awards, selected by judges once the exhibition is hung. This years total prize fund is over £10,000, with exciting new awards for 2019 now confirmed. Awards confirmed so far include:

  • The W Gordon Smith Award, £4000
  • The VAS : Inches Carr Makers and Mentors Award, £5000 prize money plus £2000 in mentoring support. (seperate application required for this award)
  • The Great Art Award, £1000 in vouchers to spend at Great Art
  • The Craft Scotland Award for design and craftsmanship, which will this year be awarded to an artist working in wood
  • The Richard Coley Award for Sculpture, £250 for artists over the age of 40
  • The Scottish Gallery Award, £250
  • The Powderhall Prize for Sculpture, £200
  • The Open Eye Gallery Award, an exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery
  • The Studio Faire residency award, a month long residency at Studio Faire in South West France
  • The Incorporation of Goldsmiths Award - £250 in ethically sourced materials and a mentoring session on ethical practise
  • The Precious Metals Workshop Award - A professional development workshop
  • The Scottish Arts Club Award, two years membership of the Club and a solo exhibition

We welcome submissions in any media and there is no size restriction. Please note there is a new application format for jewellery submissions this year, but the deadlines and regulations are the same.
Submissions open Tuesday 9 October 2018
Deadline 5pm, Monday 19 November 2019

Applications are welcomed from members and non members, but Members of Visual Arts Scotland benefit from reduced entry fees. Subscriptions start at just £20, sign up online today to take advantage of this and many more membership perks:

Key Dates:

General submissions open Tuesday 9 October 2018
Deadline for general submissions midnight, Monday 19 November 2018
Pre-selected works announced by Thursday 20 December 2018

Hand in of pre-selected works Sunday 20 January 2019 10am – 4pm (not jewellery, see seperate details on application site)
Return of non-selected works Thursday 24 January 2019 10am – 5pm
Open to public Monday 28 January – Friday 22 February 2019
Final hand out Sunday 24 February 2019 10am – 4pm


Image Credit; Michael Craik