26 Jan - 22 Feb 2019

We are delighted to present our 2019 Annual Exhibition, ALIGHT, in the majestic upper galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. The open submission will as always sit front an centre, alongside a host of cutrated and invited elements.

  • The general open submission gives artists at all stages in their careers an opportunity to exhibit their work in Scotland's flagship arts venue. Artists selected for the exhibition are also eligible for a whole host of amazing awards and prizes.
  • The jewellery open submission celebrates ambitions, innovation and sustainability in jewellery practise. with a new focus on sustainable and ethical jewellery practise we are delighted to invite Ute Decker, a pioneer in this field, to exhibit alongside jewellers and silversmiths from the open submission.
  • The VAS : Inches Carr Mentoring Award is open to early to mid career makers, looking to advance their practise in conjunction with a mentor. The four shortlisted artists for 2019 will showcase their award proposals alongside the work in progress of last years winner, Ffion Blench.
  • Our third material specific collaboration with Craft Scotland will focus on artists working in wood, ranging in scale from the architectural to the precious.
Mark Houghton

Open Submission

Through our open submission we invite artists working in any media to apply to be part of our exhibition.  Over 1200 entries came in from around the world, and we are very pleased to present a broad selection of mixed disciplines, putting contemporary applied arts and design disciplines and their relationship with contemporary fine art at the heart of the debate in Scotland's flagship exhibition venue.

This years prize fund currently stands at over £10,000!

Image credit; Mark Houghton

Susie Leiper

Awards at Alight 2019

All works entered through the Open Submission are eligible for our wide variety of awards. This years award fund currently stands at over £15,000, and spans a mutitude of disciplines. All works selected through the Open Submission section are eligible to scoop a bit of our impressive prize pot!

Image credit - Susie Leiper

Hirta Structure

Craft Scotland Celebrates ... Wood

In the third of our collaborations with Craft Scotland we will celebrate contemporary woodworking through a presentation of multidisciplinary works from gifted Scottish makers. Challenging the common perceptions of wood, this year our showcase highlights the versatility of wood as a craft material, and the diversity of applications it can be adapted to.

Image credit: Naomi McIntosh for Hirta

Ute Decker

Jewellery Open Call 2019

VAS explores the regions where artforms crossover, especially those between the fine and applied arts, and at ALIGHT we will present a body of jewellery that reflects this goal, as well as demonstrating outstanding design and craftsmanship.

Our invited jeweller for 2019 is pioneer of ethical jewellery practice, Ute Decker.

Image Credit - Ute Decker

Paul Keir

Invited Artist - Paul Keir

We are delighted to invite former VAS Vice President Paul Kier back to ALIGHT as an invited artist where he will exhibit with us for the first time. Paul makes walldrawings, paintings, objects, floorworks, and drawings: much of his work is centred on tensions between improvised and formal elements, and is characterised by a spareness and frankness of means. 

Ffion at work

2019 VAS : Inches Carr Mentoring Award

In 2019 we will present work developed by Ffion Blench as a result of the inaugural award in 2018, along with a showcase of the shortlisted entries for the 2019 prize.

The shortlisted artists for 2019 are Lucy Dunce, Hannah Louise Lamb, Charonne Ruth, and Yellow Broom (Clare Waddle & Dave Robson). They will each present a small body of work alongside their mentoring award proposals.


2019 Graduate Showcase

Presenting our six selected exhibitors for the 2019 Graduate Showcase, generously supported once again by the Russel Trust. They are Daniel Craddock, Niklas Gustaffson, Jack Handscombe, Erin McQuarrie, Ailsa Morrant and Marcus Murison.

Image Credit: Erin McQuarrie

Members Section

Members Section

Our ever-popular small works by Society members feature returns as part of ALIGHT 2019.

This is an exciting addition to our annual exhibition with a fantastic varied selection of small works for sale at affordable prices.