With more than 1,500 members, the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) grew its membership over the lockdown period and is Scotland’s largest artist-led exhibiting society. Its Annual Exhibition returns this autumn to the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, showcasing work from around 150 artists and designers, from painting, sculpture and printmaking to installation and moving image, selected following a series of open calls to members from Scotland’s largest artist-led organisation, attracting more than 1,500 entries from artists around the world, showing some of the most exciting work being made by the Society’s members and other selected artists, as well as bringing powerful international artwork to audiences in Edinburgh.
This year, to mark the centenary of the birth of former SSA president George Wyllie, the exhibition will also feature a selection of works loaned by the Estate of George Wyllie, and a portable version of the Glasgow Berlin Spire, commissioned in 1988 to mark the two cities’ time as European Cities of Culture (the original spire travelled with Wylie as part of his ‘paper boat voyage’ piece). The Society has invited a number of graduating students from the five main Scottish art schools to exhibit, and this year’s exhibition showcases the work of 20 graduates, alongside film and video work of 20 artists from across Scotland, continuing its association with moving image collective CutLog. Other highlights will include the Breath series of drawings by artist Gill Walton from her residency at Marchmont House.
Visitors can purchase works from the show; admission will be £4 (£3 concessions and free on Mondays).