OPEN VAS + SSA 2019/2020

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
Our recommended couriers are:

Ali MacAuley: 0131 4433525, 07740 941715  

Van Go Go 2: Stuart Horsburgh, 07867 501778, 

John Lawrence:Email: (preferred means of contact)
Mobile: 07866 037 217
Collection points: Aberdeen, Nairn, Inverness, Dundee, Perth & Glasgow

Inches Carr Mentoring Award 2020

We are delighted to present the shortlist for the third Visual Arts Scotland : Inches Carr Craft Mentoring Award. The award is £5000 for a maker, plus an additional £2000 for a mentor whose discipline and/or professional experience would add value to the winners practise.

Dail Behennah

Over Under : Under Over

Exploring Weave in it's widest context. Presented by the Cordis Trust.


SSA + VAS OPEN | 30 x 30 | Small Works by Society Members

All Society members are welcome to submit work to the 30x30 small works section. There is no selection process and there is no entry charge. Throughout the exhibition works displayed on rotation in our changing display.