Visual Arts Scotland, Marchmont HouseCraft Scotland, & The Scottish Gallery present


An exhibition and event organised by Visual Arts Scotland and Craft Scotland, featuring The Scottish Gallery, hosted by the magnificent Marchmont House in The Scottish Borders.

Saturday 3rd August & Sunday 4th August 2019

Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Duns, Berwickshire,TD10 6YL

Lead Sponsors:
Lyon & Turnbull & Corney & Barrow
Craft Scotland & Morton Fraser LLP



Upcoming Exhibition


OPEN VAS + SSA 2019/2020

OPEN SSA+VAS 2019-2020

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.
Andrew Mackenzie, President of Visual Arts Scotland said, “Since their inception, both Societies have focused on the new and adventurous, the challenging and contemporary. We will continue this commitment by presenting an exhibition that demonstrates fully the diversity of contemporary and applied art created today.
“All artists and makers from anywhere in the world can apply to exhibit and all types of art will be considered. From painting and sculpture to moving image, performance and applied art, our selection committees look forward to considering every submission.”
President of the Society of Scottish Artists, Sharon Quigley added, “The Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland have much in common yet are very distinct organisations. Working together, our mission once more will be to celebrate our unique qualities, while confirming our individual identities as two of Scotland’s leading art institutions.
“This exciting collaboration, fully rooted in common purpose will allow us to combine our expertise to present one ambitious exhibition. We anticipate receiving many hundreds of entries, yet this should not deter artists from applying as our selection process is completely anonymous so every proposal has an equal chance of success.”
Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland are artist-led organisations whose Annual Exhibitions, traditionally held at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy, attract many thousands of visitors. Both organisations nurture a vibrant network of artist members from across Scotland and beyond.
Artists can submit works for consideration from Thursday 20 June 2019. Further details on how to apply and links to the online submission website will be posted on this website on 20 June.
OPEN SSA+VAS, at the Royal Scottish Academy on Edinburgh’s Princes Street from 22 December 2019 – 30 January 2020


There are FOUR categories for artworks with separate deadlines;
Key Dates:
Installation, site-specific, audio, audio-visual work, interactive works, performance, animation or proposals for an unrealised work.
Open For Entry: Thursday 20 June
Deadline: Monday 5 August
PRE – Selection Notification: Tuesday 27 August
Open For Entry: Thursday 20 June
Deadline: Monday 5 August
PRE – Selection Notification: Tuesday 3 September
Open For Entry: Thursday 8 August
Deadline: Tuesday 1 October
PRE – Selection Notification: Friday 8 November
Painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, craft, jewellery and all other media not listed under INSTALLATION, PROPOSALS AND PERFORMANCE SUBMISSIONS or SSA | CUTLOG categories.
Open For Entry: Thursday 1 August
Deadline: Monday 30 September
PRE – Selection Notification: Wednesday 23 October
Artwork Delivery: Sunday 15 December 2019 10am – 4pm
Large artwork/install delivery Sunday 15 December or by arrangement
Return of non-selected works: Wednesday 18 December
Private View: Saturday 21, 2pm – 5pm
Exhibition Open To Public: Sunday 22 December 2019 – Thursday 30 January 2020
Collection of unsold work: Saturday 1 February 2020, 10am – 2pm

Exhibition Archive

Niklas Gustafson


Date: 26/01/2019

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.

Gillian Mather

Tatha Gallery

Date: 25/08/2018

We are delighted to be teaming up with the Tatha Gallery to present a showcase of works by members of Visual Arts Scotland from 25 August - 22 September 2018. Helen Glassford and Lindsay Bennet, co-founders of the gallery, have worked with a panel of VAS representatives to select a varied selection of works that demonstrates the diversity of creativity that VAS represents.

The Tatha Gallery is one of Scotland's leading contemporary art galleries. Located in a beautifully restored Georgian building known as The Newport, their unique and welcoming gallery has a strong focus on Scottish contemporary art showing time honoured, established artists and emerging talent. The painting, printmaking and sculpture on display, along with their stunning location makes a recipe for interest, excitement and excellence.



Date: 26/05/2018

26 May - 13 July 2018
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL

Visual Arts Scotland in association with Summerhall are delighted to present the work of eighteen of the hottest emerging talents on the Scottish Art scene. 

Since its inauguration in 2015 our Graduate Showcase has celebrated the finest emerging artist graduating from art schools in Scotland, exhibiting their work in the prestigious RSA galleries in Edinburgh. SATELLITE will track the progress of aspiring artists, some of whom we have previously featured in the Graduate Showcase, and some of whom we are delighted to be showing for the first time.

Associate Membership of VAS caters to younger and early career artists, and is our societies future. VAS strives to be part of the complex debate between contemporary fine and applied art praxis and this fine selection of upcoming artists perfectly embody the diversity of our organisation.

Tim Foxon


Date: 29/01/2018

VAS & SSA Together

29 Jan - 8 March 2018

In a departure from the previous shared format the VAS and SSA exhibitions will be presented as a single exhibition, Open, jointly selected and curated by representatives of both societies. At the heart of the Open 2018, as always, will be the Open Submission, where we will join forces to show the furthest extremes of contemporary art practice, from craft to digital and everything in between. 

The Open Submission will be complemented by a number of curated projects staged individually by the societies.  We will bring you further details of our own programme, and that of the SSA, as they become available . . . 

FLY 2016

Date: 13/12/2016

3 - 27 December 2016

The Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh

Visual Arts Scotland are thrilled to announce our 2016/17 annual exhibition, FLY, which launched on Saturday 3 December in the stunning upper galleries of the The Royal Scottish Academy Building on the Mound in Edinburgh. This year we have formed new exciting partnership with Craft Scotland, strengthened existing relationships with the art colleges, and as always we will extend an open invitation to all practicing artists - emerging and established, applied and fine artists, working in large scale or small, to demonstrate the level of talent out there via our open submission. See full details on each of these below

Converge 2016 Banner

Converge 2016

Date: 29/01/2016


VAS:T 2015

Date: 07/02/2015

Visual Arts Scotland presents VAS:T 2015, taking full advantage of having the entire upper gallery at the RSA to address their refocused mission to consider the relationship between applied art and contemporary arts.

Open Exhibition

Annual Open Exhibition 2013

Date: 01/03/2013

Visual Arts Scotland 2013 was held in the more intimate downstairs space of The Royal Scottish Academy. Our aim remained to promote the quality and diversity of contemporary fine and applied arts in Scotland, giving them an equal platform. A more minimal and coherent hang allowed our exhibits space to breathe in the small downstairs galleries. We achieved a strong, well paced exhibition that does not overwhelm the viewer but still demonstrates our commitment to diversity.