Mark Houghton


We continue to put contemporary applied arts and design disciplines and their relationship with contemporary fine art at the heart of the debate in our annual exhbition. We invited submissions from artists and makers working in all disciplines and exploring any materials. VAS represents artists in all fine and applied art media, and seeks to explore the middle ground between the two with its diverse and varied annual exhibition.

The Open Submission offers the distinct opportunity for emerging and established contemporary artists, designers and craft makers, members and non-members to showcase new and unseen work in Scotland’s flagship exhibiting venue.  Diversity is as always at the heart of our curatorial vision.

Works selected through the open submission are also eligible for an ever growing list of awards, selected by judges once the exhibition is hung. This years total prize fund is over £10,000, with exciting new awards for 2019 now confirmed.

The deadline for applications has now passed. Registered artists can log in at the link below for updates on the selection process.


Key Dates for Exhibiting Artists:

Hand in of pre-selected works for final selection Sunday 20 January 2019 10am – 4pm (for jewellery, see seperate details on application site)
Return of non-selected works Thursday 24 January 2019 10am – 5pm
Open to public Saturday 26 January – Friday 22 February 2019
Final hand out Sunday 24 February 2019 10am – 4pm


Image Credit; Michael Craik