Annual Exhibition 2022 Open Call for Entries

Jul 29th 2021

Visual Arts Scotland would like to invite artists from across Scotland, the UK and Internationally to apply to be part of one of the oldest and biggest exhibiting events celebrating contemporary art in Scotland.

Visual Arts Scotland presents our Annual Exhibition 2022, celebrating the best in innovative contemporary visual arts. The exhibition will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy, National Galleries of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh in January 2022. This annual show promises to be one of the most diverse exhibitions of contemporary art to be held in Scotland in 2022 with an expected audience of over 30,000 people. 

We welcome entries from artists working across a diversity of artforms. Please note that there are five specific open calls pertaining to work type: General Submissions (ceramics, painting, sculpture, tapestry, drawing, print, glass, design, bookmaking and all other mediums not listed in other specific open call categories), Jewellery, Large Works & Installation, Moving Image and Performance. We will have a seperate call out for those who wish to apply for the Inches Carr Mentoring Award for makers and craftspeople in October.

To apply for the Annual Exhibition, please follow the links below that will take you through to the online application forms. Before you apply please make sure to read through the Exhibiton Guidance Document fully which will give you a comprehensive breakdown of all requirements, restrictions and key information to help support your applications.

You can view the Guidance Document HERE.

Entry Costs

Entry to this exhibition is free to all current Visual Arts Scotland Members.
The maximum number of works depending on Membership type.

  • Associate and Ordinary Members: Up to 4 artworks.
  • Professional Members: Up to 5 artworks.


  • £10 per artwork: Up to 3 artworks.

All submissions (from Members and Non-members) are subject to an admin fee if selected: £5 per work upon delivery of works to RSA building in January 2022

Become a VAS Member here - Prices range from £20- £36 per year.




The Inches Carr Award will be open for application October 2021

Members 30x30 - info TBC


Artist Information - Key Dates

Open Call:  Thurs 29 July 2021 - Wed 20th October 2021
Pre-Selection:  Late October 2021
Notifications of pre-selected works:  Early November 2021
Delivery of works:  Saturday 1, Sunday 2 and Monday 3 January 2022
Final selection and collection of unselected work:  Wed 5th January 2022
Preview:  Sunday 9 January 2022
Exhibition dates:  Monday 10 January - Tuesday 1 February 2022
Collection of works:  Tuesday 2 February 2022 and Wednesday 3 February 2022

For any questions that cannot be answered in the Guidance Document please email Rowan at: and we shall get back to your enquiry as soon as possible.

For any press related enquiries please email Julie at: