The Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture is the longest-running regular exhibition in Scotland, making a welcome return to physical presentation in its Edinburgh galleries, plus for the first time being entirely available to view on its excellent newly-redesigned website, after having taken place online-only in 2020 and 2021. A major event of the art year in Scotland, the exhibition as usual showcases painting, sculpture, printmaking, film, photography and installation by some of Scotland’s most remarkable artists and architects. The convener of this year’s exhibition, the award-winning painter Robbie Bushe, has chosen to include memorial work by two eminent late Academicians – sculptor Iain R McIntosh and visual artist Elizabeth Blackadder.
In another sign of the times, this year’s exhibition sees digital work such as accompanying videos via QR code augmenting the artworks on display in the galleries. At nearly 400 pieces, this is a giant exhibition, occupying all but one of the RSA’s gallery rooms, and the non-casual visitor should expect to stay an hour at minimum.
So in order to report on the display it is pointless somehow to encapsulate the show, or even to offer highlights, or favourites, when that would mean upwards of a hundred pieces, so this is more a random ‘selection’, to give a hint the variety of work on offer, although I admit to liking them all:
The Academy supports the Own Art finance scheme, which makes purchasing artworks more affordable through payment by instalments. A catalogue, costing £3 is available for purchase and admission is free.