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Visual Arts Scotland is now a leading platform for national and international contemporary fine and applied artists. Originally an organisation for women artists, the society since the 1980s has championed craft makers, designers and applied arts practitioners, as well as contemporary fine art practice.

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Visual Arts Scotland visit degree shows around Scotland every summer. We look for emerging artists and designers whose work best exemplifies the fresh and dynamic approach to contemporary applied and fine arts which Visual Arts Scotland seeks to...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Roisin Gallagher - Finalist

Roisin Gallagher  Contemporary Art Practice MFA Edinburgh College of Art The University of Edinburgh   "It is ma aim ae git fowk mair comfortable an acquainted wi Scots an through ma airt practice ah address the toat self-hatred weh huv...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Jamie Watt - Finalist

Jamie Watt Contemporary Art Practice MFA Edinburgh College of Art The University of Edinburgh   Drawing on a darkly comedic and democratic ethos my multidisciplinary practice is an investigation into the distortion of historic truth through myth and...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Daphne Jiyeon Jang - Finalist

Daphne Jiyeon Jang Contemporary Art Practice MFA Edinburgh College of Art The University of Edinburgh   In her large-scale video installations, new media artist Daphne Jiyeon Jang uses 3D animation, video projection and spatial mapping, to bring...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Sam Harley - Finalist

Sam Harley Drawing and Painting Glasgow School of Art   Sam M Harley lives and works in Glasgow. She will return to The Glasgow School of Art to study for a MLitt in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art). In 2018 she studied at Nova Scotia College...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Molly Kent - Finalist

Molly Kent  MA Fine Art Edinburgh College of Art The University of Edinburgh   My practice engages fibre and installation art. Through ‘rug tufting’, my work represents doubt in the digital age. Utilising glitch art’s...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Yitong Zhang - Finalist

Yitong Zhang Silversmithing and Jewellery Design Glasgow School of Art   These works investigate people’s relationships with everyday objects, stimulated by people’s subconscious way of using them, and questions from functional...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Ellen Martin - Finalist

Ellen Martin Textiles Glasgow School of Art   Ellen Martin is a designer specialising in printed and dyed textiles. With a focus on hand-drawn design and repeat pattern, her work has been greatly influenced by a term spent living and studying in Kyoto,...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Robert McCormack - Shortlisted Graduate

Robert McCormack Drawing and Painting Glasgow School of Art   EAT YOUR TOP MARKS Drawings mark a point in an entropic looping process. Drawing tools are made from dog paws cast in charcoal. Erasers are made from cast rubber tongues. The tools draw...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Kinga Elliott- Shortlisted Graduate

Kinga Elliott Drawing and Paining Gray's School of Art Robert Gordon University   The paintings of RSA John Kinross scholar Kinga Elliott explore manifestations of light, colour, dynamism, balance and interconnectedness. The focal point of her...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Nicola Stead - Shortlisted Graduate

Nicola Stead  Photography City of Glasgow College   The struggles and achievements of Glasgow women are highlighted within this project, offering a celebration of their lives. Forging links between Glasgow women’s history and women in the...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Catherine Eckersall - Shortlisted Graduate

Catherine Eckersall Drawing and Painting  Gray's School of Art Robert Gordon University   Through the lens of Celtic folklore, I seek to depict the unseen landscape: human interpretations of natural surroundings comprised of folklore,...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Shilei Fan - Shortlisted Graduate

Shilei Fan MFA Contemporary Art Practice  Glasgow School of Art   Within a wide range of the exploration of art, Shilie's artworks include installation art, video, oil painting and more. His distinctive personal style emanates ...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Lauren Patchett - Shortlisted Graduate

Lauren Patchett Textile Design, specialising in knit Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) University of Dundee   “Whatever you say, say nothing" (Seamus Heaney). Men’s mental health is a growing issue in...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Hayley Irving - Shortlisted Graduate

Hayley Irving  Jewellery and metal design Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) University of Dundee   My work is inspired by growing up in Possilpark, one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, along with living in a...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Holly Evelyn Smith - Shortlisted Graduate

Holly Evelyn Smith Sculpture/ Environmental Art  Glasgow School of Art   "Holly Evelyn Smith is an environmental artist creating work for outside spaces. The projects she makes confront the public with information, rather than labelling it as...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Sarah Vallance - Shortlisted Graduate

Sarah Vallance  Sculpture and Environmental Art Glasgow School of Art   My practice follows personal encounters with natural landscapes, and addresses the archiving of found terrestrial form. I frequently make work connected to the seaside town I...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Benjamin Hall - Shortlisted Graduate

Benjamin Hall Painting and Printmaking  Glasgow School of Art   I am a Glasgow-based artist, filmmaker, animator, creative computer and write. I frame my practice as contra-content creation, falling on a spectrum between passive complicity and...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Danielle Macleod - Shortlisted Graduate

Danielle Macleod Photography Glasgow School of Art   Danielle Macleod is a photographer from the Outer Hebrides. Her work depicts the oral traditions of the Gaidhealteachd where stories are passed down generationally, growing a new magical detail...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Sarah Murdoch - Shortlisted Graduate

Sarah Murdoch Silversmithing and Jewellery Design Glasgow School of Art   Objectification can be defined as seeing and/or treating a person, usually a woman, as an object. Exploration of the female form was the starting point of this research,...

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VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND | GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020

Mischa Currie - Shortlisted Graduate

Mischa Currie Silversmithing and Jewellery Design Glasgow School of Art   Ever captivated by the unseen forces that govern and shape our universe, this collection is determined by an exploration and celebration of the interconnected realms of science...

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Featured Update

THE EMERGENCY ART WORKERS SUPPORT FUND

In light of recent events, it was clear we needed to come together collectively in solidarity to help our creative community and support freelance creative practitioners at this difficult time. In response to the uncertainty and loss of work caused by the coronavirus...

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FRIDAY FORUM

Visual Arts Scotland spent the Spring and Summer of 2020 collaborating with Creative Informatics to create Friday Forum, a series of free online events showcasing a range of folks in the creative industries. Featuring studio tours, talks, demos, performances and...

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Featured Update

BID - 24 hour Auction

UPDATE B!D raised over £20,000 to go to towards the next round of EAWSF!!! With huge thanks to our supporters, donators, donating artists, our bidders, John Ayscough and all of our Council members who worked long hours to make this...

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Meet the VAS Council

Meet Visual Arts Scotland's council members for 2020/21!  Our council work on a voluntary basis throughout the year, meeting every six weeks to keep the society running. As working artists and makers wth commitments and jobs, they devote spare...

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CREATIVE EDINBURGH AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED - 2020 AWARD

For all the strangeness and difficulty of recent times, we were very excited to share some cheer with you all: Visual Arts Scotland were shortlisted for The Creative Edinburgh 2020 Award: “Because it’s been a year! This is for those who have pivoted,...

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Featured Update

Hardship Funds for Visual Artists NOW OPEN

Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) are proud to announce a partnership with Creative Scotland to help deliver part of the £5m Creative Freelance Hardship Funding designated by the Scottish Government earlier this year. At this unprecedented time, Visual Arts Scotland...

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VAS | Bothy Project - Members' Residency Open Call

Visual Arts Scotland is delighted to announce forthcoming partnership with Bothy Project which will offer a VAS member the opportunity to spend a week long residency at Sweeney’s Bothy, Isle of Eigg. Bothy Project is a network of small-scale, off-grid...

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F L O W - Members' Winter Exhibition Open 1st December 2020

Visual Arts Scotland are delighted to announce that our members' winter exhibition of smaller affordable works will be open for viewing from 1st December.  Usually around this time of year, our annual award-winning exhibition would be taking place...

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News

F L O W - Members' Winter Exhibition Open 1st December 2020

Nov 25th 2020
Visual Arts Scotland are delighted to announce that our members' winter exhibition of smaller affordable works will be open for viewing from 1st December.  Usually around this time of year, our annual award-winning exhibition would be taking place within the majestic...

We're having great fun with a wee section of our team celebrating this exciting #CEAWARDS20 🥂 https://t.co/TUIdImu0b5

@VisualArtsScot on November 12th 2020 7:08pm