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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Exhibition Schedule Now Online

Call For works; Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition
Submission Dates; Mon 17th Jan, 12pm – 7pm, Tues 18th Jan 10am – 4pm
Royal Scottish Academy (Upper Galleries), The Mound, Edinburgh

Submissions are sought from artists in all disciplines for Visual Arts Scotland’s annual juried exhibition. Prizes totalling over £5000 include the Richard Coley Prize for sculptors over the age of 50 (£500), the Russell Trust Award for an emerging artists (£1000) and the VAS award for applied arts (£500). There will also be a dedicated showcase for Artists Books in this year’s exhibition and submissions in this area are actively encouraged.

An application form can be downloaded here and labels for your work can be obtained in advance by sending an A4 SAE to;
The Administrator, Visual Arts Scotland, 12 Rosevale Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8AP. Labels and forms will also be available in the gallery on the submission days.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Submissions are sought from visual and applied artists in all disciplines.
Receiving Days;
Mon 17th Jan, 12pm - 7pm
Tues 18th Jan, 10am - 4pm
Royal Scottish Academy
The Mound
For full details, application form and labels send an A4 sae to;
The Administrator
12 Rosevale Place

Friday, 1 October 2010

Patti Lean

an exhibition of paintings

by Patti Lean

at The CatStrand, New Gallowayon Saturday 2nd October 2010 from 11am-1pm The exhibition continues until Thursday 4 November. The CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway DG7 3RN01644 420374info@catstrand.com The CatStrand is an operating name of Glenkens Community & Arts Trust Ltd, a Registered Scottish Charity, No. SC032050

Thursday, 2 September 2010

AGM - Sunday 3rd October, Patriothall Wasps

Notice is hereby given that the AGM of VAS will take place at 2pm on Sunday 3rd October at WASPS Studios,1D Patriothall, Off Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY.

For all VAS members the AGM is an opportunity to have your say in how your organization is run, to be informed about the financial position of the society and how your membership fees are being spent, and to socialize and network with other VAS members over a glass of wine. For professional members there is also a chance to vote on elections for new professional members, new council members, annual exhibition hanging, and awards committees. This year elections will be held for the positions of 3 professional council members. If there are any issues you feel the society needs to address, or you have an opinion to express you can raise a movement for discussion at the AGM by contacting the administrator in advance.

Professional Membership Elections
Existing professional members are invited to nominate and second artists they consider of merit for election as professional members of VAS. Artists wishing to apply for professional membership may approach two existing professional members for proposal. All applicants must have sponsorship from two existing professional members (a full list of members can be viewed on the members page of the blog).

Council Vacancies
All professional members are invited to make nominations in advance of the AGM to fill vacancies arising on the Council. 3 Council members are due to retire.
Nominations are invited for 3 Professional Council members.

Enthusiasm and commitment are highly valued and the more skills the Council has at its disposal the better. Membership of Council can be up to 3 years and the Council meets about 10 times a year to discuss, plan and organise the society’s activities and exhibitions. This is often hard work but rewarding.

Nominations are invited from professional members for the Annual Exhibition Hanging and Arranging Committee, which should consist of members from a range of disciplines.

Nominations are also invited from professional members for the Annual Exhibition Awards Committee. This consists of the President, one council member, three professional members; one painter, one sculptor and one applied and installation artist.

Any professional member wishing to submit a motion for discussion or raise any issues at the AGM should do so in writing or by e-mail to the administrator in advance of the AGM.

Friday, 27 August 2010


Please note that the VAS website is currently undergoing a complete overhaul and will be unavailable while we perform vital upgrades. In the meantime any important bulletins will be posted here. When the website is up and runing agin we hope you will see marked improvements in both the appearance and function of the site.

While the website is down you can contact VAS at

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Call For Entries

SALON ART PRIZE – Call for entries
Since 2007, Matt Roberts Arts has produced the annual Salon Art Prize, exhibiting 244 artists and photographers and receiving over 2800 visitors.
We are currently seeking applications for the fourth annual Salon Art Prize, in which we will support artists working in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Collage, Sculpture and Installation (including sound).
The selection panel will consist of:Peter Bonnell (Curator, ArtSway) Kate MacGarry (Director, Kate MacGarry gallery) Richard Birkett (Curator, ICA)
We expect to exhibit up to 100 works within our 1000sq ft gallery. We are also awarding one artist the Selectors' Prize supported by John Jones, which consists of £1000 and a solo show at our gallery space on Vyner Street, East London, in 2011.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Saturday 7th August, 2010.
For further information please visit email

Monday, 24 May 2010

Di Hope - The Secret Life of Objects

The Secret Life of Objects
New Paintings by VAS President Di Hope
The Open Eye Gallery
34 Abercromby Place
Friday 28th May to Tuesday 15th June

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Though I speak With The Tongues of Men and Angels

Patriothall Gallery
WASPS Studios
Hamilton Place
8th - 18th May 2010

ESSA are proud to present the third Auction of Fine and Applied Arts in association with Lyon and Turnbull Fine Art Auctioneers.
ESSAs principal purpose is to raise funds to meet the costs of leasing the galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy for the societies’ annual exhibitions. The generosity of Scottish artists in donating works for past auctions (in 2002, 2005 and 2007) has enabled the societies to mount their exhibitions at the RSA over several years.
We are grateful to the National Galleries of Scotland for making the RSA galleries available at less than cost. Nevertheless, costs continue to rise inexorably, and ESSA needs to find nearly £30,000 per annum to mount the annual exhibitions. Proceeds from fundraising activities such as this constitute our only source of income, and we now need to raise a substantial sum to enable you to continue to show your work at the RSA in future years.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

In The Loop; Knitting Now

In the Loop: Knitting Now features VAS's invited artist for 2010, Deirdre Nelson, and explores the progression of knitting, a craft which has come a long way from its fuzzy image of thick socks, long shawls and embarrassing motifs on Christmas jumpers. Now there are knitting groups that meet in quirky venues throughoutthe country, as well as hundreds of clubs and contemporary artistsintent on reclaiming the craft. In the Loop maps knitting’s journeyfrom solitary hobby for old maids to mainstream, contemporary trend.

March 2010
192 pages109 colour and b/w ills
28 x 23 cm / 9 x 11 in
ISBN: 978 1 906155 96 4
UK: £24.95

Subject to Change Without Notice*

Will Foster and Guyan PorterIntermedia, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
16.04 - 25.04. 2010Opening: 16.04.2010 19.00 - 21.00
SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE aims to confront, challenge, deneutralise, magnify and make visible those tiny little sentences that could be detrimental to your expectations as a consumer, and your rights as a citizen.
‘Small print – noun. 1 printed matter in small type. 2 inconspicuous but binding details or conditions printed in an agreement, advertisement or contract.’ Oxford English Dictionary, 2009
In SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE, Will Foster and Guyan Porter will take up residence in Centre for Contemporary Arts, Intermedia for a two week period. The artists will create a laboratory, focusing on ‘making small print visible’ in the production of a series of texts, prints and digital research.
CCA Intermedia will be transformed into a publicly accessible centre for researching, exploring, reconsidering and re-presenting the enormity of small print and ambiguous text that floods contemporary society. By confronting and magnifying these subliminal texts, the artists and participants will make visible what is usually meant to go unread or unseen. This will be achieved through a range of methods including hand painted and screen printed posters and signs taking the print out of the art gallery and disseminating it through new and established networks.
Will Foster and Guyan Porter have both developed significant bodies of work in the areas of socially and politically engaged art, organising shows, events and lectures throughout the world. In 2008 they initiated the project Protest Songs, carrying out a series of sixteen performances on the Fyksusund Fjord in Norway. With the upcoming project SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE the artists will further develop the themes that have characterised their collaborative projects. This time within the context of a contemporary art gallery and under the banner of an international art festival. The Artists will provide a stage for participation and dialogue inviting others to explore the complex subject of ‘small print’- an element of media and institutional output that is ever present yet often overlooked.

At The Kings Castle

24th April - 4th May
PV Fri 23rd April 6-8pm
WASPS Patriothall Gallery,
1D Patriothall,

An exhibition of new work by Katharine Aarrestad, Bryony Knox & Sophie McKay Knight. Painting, printmaking & silvermithing.
Open 12pm to 5pm daily.

Fife Artists and Maker Forum

Saturday 17 April 2010, from 10am to 4pm
Rothes Hall, Glenrothes

FCA&C (Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts)are delighted to be able to offer an even bigger event this year, thanks to funding they've received from Celebrating Fife 2010. As usual, the day is open to all artists living or based in Fife, but this year it will also be open to artists living outside Fife.

The theme for 2010's Forum is 'Sustainability - Looking over the Horizon'. There will be talks on how to sustain yourself as artists and also on how to sustain the planet with your art practice, in other words going from the personal to the global.The venue is again Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, for which they are grateful to the Arts and Theatres Trust Fife, and the date for your diary is Saturday 17 April 2010, from 10am to 4pm.

Confirmed speakers include Emma Walker of Craftscotland (talking about how to get the best out of the press for your work and practice); Dr Emilia Ferraro (from St Andrews University's Sustainable Development Programme); Glasgow based artist Justin Carter; and Simon Murray, one of the 'co-realisers' of Platform London's 'C Words' project (carbon, climate, capital, culture) held at Bristol's Arnolfini ini 2009.

There will also be a chance to discuss a potential skills' exchange idea and even a practical art opportunity to take part in (optional!).The day is completely free including lunch and refreshments.Full details plus travel guidelines will be sent out to you nearer the date.

If you have any queries, please give us a ring on 01334 474610 or by clicking on the link you can find out more about FCA&C.Booking is essential and you can download a booking form by clicking on the link

The deadline for booking is Thursday 15th April. As artists and craftmakers yourselves you may find it to be a wonderful opportunity to be able to attend this day. CAD will be there supporting the event also.This event is for EVERY artist this year, book by Thursday and meet everyone by Saturday......

Thursday, 11 February 2010

VAS Annual Open Exhibition 2010

Visual Arts Scotland is pleased to once again present its Annual Open Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy. Submissions from members and open entrants spanning visual and applied arts disciplines will be shown alongside the work of invited artists Tim Morgan and Deirdre Nelson to promote the quality and diversity of the arts in Scotland.

All works in the exhibition are for sale.

VAS Annual Open Exhibition
20th Feb – 18th March 2010

Royal Scottish Academy Lower Galleries
The Mound
07979 924744

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Catalogue List

You can see the full list of exhibits for the forthcoming VAS Annual exhibition here;
*edit; there have been issues with accessing this file for many of you, I thinkI have resolved the problem now.*
Image; Kirsty Whiten, 'Hostage (Out Cold)'

Final Collections of Unselected Works

There will be a second collection day for the works that were not selected for the exhibition this Saturday, 13th February, from 10am - 4pm.

By this time you should have had notification about your work either way. If not please get in touch by e-mail;, or by phone, 07979 924744.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Another update

After an extremely busy week the list of exhibits for the Annual Open Exhibition has been finalised. If you have not heard from us yet please continue to be patient and we will be in touch by post next week no confirm whether or not your work has been selected.

We continue to receive a high volume of calls and are doing our best to answer where possible and to clear a backlog of voice messages. If you can't get hold of us by phone do try email instead.

Thankyou all for your patience and understanding at this busy time.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Notifications and collection

An update for all artists who have submitted work to the Annual Open Exhibition;
  • Letters were sent to those whose work was not selected on Wednesday night and should be with you by Saturday morning if not sooner.
  • We are receiving a very high volume of calls at the moment, please be patient and wait to hear from us. If you are leaving a message on voicemail please clearly state your name and phone number.
  • The selection process is almost complete but there are a few works still undecided. Final decisions will be made over the weekend and letters will be sent next week advising you of the results and whether you have to come and collect your work.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Annual Exhibition Submission; Information For Artists

Just a quick reminder that the submssion days for the VAS 2010 Annual Open Exhibition are looming ever closer:

Mon 1st feb, 11am - 4pm
Tues 2nd Feb 10am - 4pm

If you are intending to submit works please note the following points:
  • If you don't already have forms, labels etc you can collect them on the submission days from the gallery.
  • Works should be delivered to the Lower Galleries via the back entrance of the RSA.
  • You can park to the rear of the RSA buliding for long enough to deliver your work only. Normal parking restrictions apply to the precinct. VAS will take no responsibility for parking fines incurred. There is free shoppers parking nearby off St Andrew Square.
  • You should be prepared to come and collect your work on Sat 7th or Sun 8th Feb in the event that it is not hung in the exhibition. We cannot store works beyond these dates.
  • We cannot recieve submissions by post, they must be delivered in person or by an agent.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

VAS Annual Open Exhibition 2010

Visual Arts Scotland is pleased to once again present its Annual Open Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy. Submissions from members and open entrants spanning visual and applied arts disciplines will be shown alongside the work of invited artists Tim Morgan and Deirdre Nelson to promote the quality and diversity of the arts in Scotland.

Textiles by Deirdre Nelson cross boundaries between traditional craft and contemporary art. Hand skills are transposed though the work in a humorous commentary on social and textile history within the contemporary gallery. The work employs a variety of techniques and materials, fusing traditional textile skills and contemporary reinterpretation.

In stark contrast Tim Morgan’s architectural sculptures comprise thousands of hand-cut glass rods bound together with a steel belt, forming enclosed, light transmitting forms. Fragmented, crystalline patterns emerge, splintering the scene on the far side.

All works in the exhibition are for sale.

VAS Annual Open Exhibition; 20th Feb – 18th March 2010
Royal Scottish Academy Lower Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh, 07979 924744

Thursday, 7 January 2010

SHOP at Edinburgh Printmakers

14 January to 23 February 2010

Come and visit our new shop packed full of unique and affordable artist books, multiples, cards, mini prints.Art lovers looking for stunning artwork for their home, or a gift idea for that special person can browse through hundreds of hand-made artists prints which are available for sale in a wide range of subjects, styles and sizes, with prices ranging from as little as £50 up to £3000; we offer free expert advice on buying prints for domestic and commercial interiors.

Featured Artist: Bronwen Sleigh

What’s hot in the shop?
JURA: DIH-RAH/AN DIU RATH. A limited edition artist book by David Faithfull and John Burnside. £75.00 RRP
Also Showing:
Prints Published by Edinburgh Printmakers:
David ShrigleyScott MylesToby PatersonChad McCail
0% interest free OWN ART loans are available to make investing your money in original art more affordable.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm, Admission is Free

If you require assistance with physical access or interpretation, please contact us prior to your visit.

23 Union Street,
EH1 3LR,
+44 (0) 131 557 2479

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

SALON VIDEO ART PRIZE - Open for applications

Matt Roberts Arts in London are currently seeking submissions for the inaugural SALON VIDEO ART PRIZE selected by Mike Sperlinger (Assistant Director - Lux), and Zineb Sedira (artist working in Photography, Video and installation).

40 - 50 artists working in video and video installation will be selected for the first of our annual video 'Salon' exhibitions that will take place at our Project Space, Unit 1, 25 Vyner Street, London, E2 9DG, opening on Thursday 4th March, 2010.There is a selectors' prize of £800 for a chosen exhibitor.Please visit and read the section marked 'How to apply'.

The deadline for DVD submissions is 5pm, Saturday 23rd January, 2010. If you have any questions please email