REVERB - Annual Exhibition Update

Dec 22nd 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy will not be presented as a physical exhibition this January 2022.

The VAS Council have discussed at length issues around holding the Annual Exhibition, bearing in mind the developing situation with the new variant and potential new restrictions. We strongly feel, after much deliberation, it would be irresponsible of us to hold a physical exhibition at this time. Instead we will be moving our annual exhibition online.

The VAS Council has made this extremely difficult and disheartening decision following the growing risk to all who would be involved in putting on this show. As a volunteer-run council which has put an incredible amount of time and effort into building this show, we feel keenly the impact that this decision will make. With hundreds of people involved in this exhibition, including artists, service providers, partners, tech and install teams, invigilation staff, the council, and the wider public, we felt that the growing risk to physical health, mental health, and finances would be too great for too many people. After considering multiple scenarios all risks at this stage are too great. The financial risk to continuing with a physical exhibition would seriously impact the future of VAS. We understand that everyone will be disappointed to hear this news.

We will be taking a short Christmas break and following the New Year will begin to reform our team to create our digital Annual Exhibition.  We shall keep you informed over the coming weeks in January with our plans and are aiming to launch in the first quarter of 2022. 

We hope you have a recharging festive break and we’ll be in touch in the New Year with more news about our digital pivot. 


Warmest Regards,

Sarah and Amanda,

On behalf of the VAS Council