Visual Arts Scotland are proud to invite submissions for Converge 2016

Scottish National Galleries Academy Building, Upper Galleries
The Mound, Edinburgh
Friday 29 January – Saturday 20 February 2016

Our annual open submission exhibition offers the opportunity for artists, designers and makers working in all disciplines to test, showcase and engage their work with a wider public.

We invited both established and emerging artists to submit work for via our online submissions system. There are no restrictions on the type, size or genre of work we will consider and we consider and select the works which are the most intriguing, reflective, full of inventiveness in ideas and in making, those that offer fresh insight and approaches and context to both traditional and emerging ways of working.

Artists are encouraged to consider how their drawing, painting, sculpture printmaking or installation practices might be transformed or work alongside wearable design, furniture, graphics, ceramics and many other disciplines.  We encourage artists to seek out collaborators, or add new processes and techniques, which might enable breakthrough and engaging development in their work.

Dates for your Diary;

  • The deadline for submissions has now passed
  • Pre-selection results available now at http://www.regvisualartsscotland.org/
  • Hand in for pre-selected work Wednesday 20 January 2016
  • Return of non-selected work Sunday 24 January 2016


  • Cordis Prize £ 5000 (for a large tapestry handwoven by a professional artist within the previous five years)
  • Inches Carr Award for Jewellery and Silversmithing £ 500 (open to all jewellers and silversmiths)
  • The Craft Scotland Award for outstanding design and craftsmanship £ 500
  • VAS Award for Applied Art £ 500 (open to all applied artists)
  • Richard Coley Award for Sculpture £ 500 (open to sculptors over the age of 40)
  • Flora Wood Award £ 250, for the most original work in the exhibition
  • Morton Fraser Award £ 250
  • The Stern Award for Creative Figurature £ 250
  • Open Eye Gallery Award £ 200
  • Sally Schofield Memorial Award £ 200 (open to all photographers and printmakers)
  • SSWA Special Award £ 200
  • Leith School of Art Award £ 100
  • Powderhall Bronze Foundry Award for Sculpture  £ 100
  • Anne Redpath Award for Painting £ 50 (open to all painters)
  • Lily MacDougal Award £ 50
  • Nancy Graham Memorial Book Award £ 30 (open to all VAS members)
  • Scottish Arts Club Award, two years’ membership of the club and a solo exhibition

Full submission guidelines and rules & regulations 

Supplementary information for jewellers

Printable labels