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Jun 13th 2019

Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland invite artists from across the world to apply to be part of the biggest show of contemporary art in Scotland.

Working together for the second time, the two leading arts organisations are joining forces to present another ambitious collaborative exhibition celebrating the best in contemporary and applied art.
The exhibition, entitled OPEN SSA+VAS, will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy on Edinburgh’s Princes Street from 22 December 2019 – 30 January 2020.
OPEN SSA+VAS promises to be the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary art and craft to be held in Scotland this year, giving an expected audience of over 30,000 people the opportunity to discover and enjoy artworks across all mediums. The exhibition is produced and supported entirely by artists with no public funding.
On behalf of the SSA and VAS Council’s we’d like to thank everyone who submitted work for SSA+VAS OPEN.

This year both Societies received an unprecedented level of submissions of the very highest quality and standard, making the selection process extremely difficult.

This process is both lengthy and rigorous and carried out over a number of weeks by a selection team of 10, elected by the membership of each Society. Throughout this period 2200 artworks were anonymously considered and meticulously discussed in full by the selection teams, with only 200 artworks from all disciplines finally pre-selected to create a show which we feel works well as a whole. 

Once again, we’d like to thank you all for taking the time to apply and reassure those who may be disappointed that each Society will shortly announce a full programme of exciting off site members exhibitions and events for 2020 and 2021, offering an even greater number of artists the opportunity to exhibit their work with us then.

Sharon Quigley SSA and Andrew Mackenzie VAS 

Artwork Delivery: (please note *on foot only* there is no car access or parking at RSA) Sunday 15 December 2019 10am – 4pm
Large artwork/install delivery by arrangement only - email for further inforamtion
Return of non-selected works: Wednesday 18 December
Private View: Saturday 21 December, 2pm – 5pm
Exhibition Open To Public: Sunday 22 December 2019 – Thursday 30 January 2020
Collection of unsold work: Saturday 1 February 2020, 10am – 2pm