Society of Scottish Artists

Exhibition Details

Society of Scottish Artists
Society of Scottish Artists 123rd Annual Exhibition

INSTALLATION, PROPOSALS AND PERFORMANCE SUBMISSIONS. Installation, site-specific, audio, audio-visual work, interactive works, performance, animation, and proposals for an unrealised work.

Artists from across the world are invited to apply to be part of the 123rd SSA Annual Exhibition, one of the largest shows of contemporary art in Scotland. We encourage ambitious new artwork created specifically for the space, or existing artwork that is re-purposed for this exhibition. Artists should submit in this category if your work is site-specific, has special installation or equipment requirements, is a performance, or an unrealised idea that you will only create if selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1 November – 26 November 2020.

Entry Deadline: 31 May 2020 midnight

Key Dates

Open For Entry: Friday 13 March 2020
Entry Deadline: Sunday 31st May 2002, midnight

PRE – Selection Notification: Wednesday 1st July 2020
Artwork Delivery: Sunday 25 October 10am – 4pm or by arrangement
Collection of unselected works: Tuesday 27 October, 10am – 4pm, or by arrangement

Private View: Saturday 31st October 2020 , 2pm – 5pm
Exhibition Open to Public: 1 November – 26 November 2020
Collection of unsold work: Sunday 29 November 2020

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
First or Single Entry Price: £15.00
Up to 2 artworks: £30.00
Up to 3 artworks: £45.00

Concession Price for Member of SSA - Free Entry
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
Free Entry

Professional Member of SSA - Free Entry
Maximum Artwork Entries: 4
Free Entry

Exhibition Entry Information

The Society of Scottish Artists is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation with over 1100 members from across Scotland and beyond. Run by artists for artists, the Society is led by a team of volunteers, each elected by the members, who work together to create opportunities for artists.

The SSA Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, showcases the best of contemporary art to audiences in excess of 30,000 people. The exhibition is produced and supported entirely by artists with no public funding.

Installation, video, site-specific and performance art shown alongside a strong core of works in traditional media results in challenging and invigorating shows. The SSA plays a unique and vital role in supporting and bringing together artists working across a wide range of very diverse disciplines.

There is no entry charge for members of SSA. Anyone wishing to join or renew their membership can do so online here

How to submit your work
All entries must be submitted using the online portal by the stated deadlines. Only works that have been pre-selected via the online submission process will be accepted on the hand-in day. There are no restrictions on size, discipline or media.

Professional members of the SSA may submit up to four works in total across all categories. 

Artist, student and graduate members and non-members of the SSA may submit up to three works in total across all categories.

Non-members will be charged £15 per submission and can submit up to three works. 

There is no entry charge for SSA members. Anyone wishing to join the Society or renew their membership can do so online at

No work will be exhibited that has also been shown or will be shown in the RSA Annual Exhibition, RSA New Contemporaries, or that has previously been shown in any SSA, VAS or RSW Annual Exhibitions.

No reproductions or copies of any kind will be accepted. 

Artists do not need to be Scottish or have a Scottish connection to exhibit. Please note, however, that all pre-selected works need to be delivered to and collected from the gallery by the artist or a nominated representative.

Artwork images and details. 
Up to six images can be submitted. These might include sketches of the proposed work or images of past works and links to video or documentation.

  • Please ensure all artwork details are correct - titles, prices etc. submitted at this stage will be used for labels, exhibition catalogue and online.
  • A link to online video or other related supporting materials can be included in the submission. If the selection committee requires a password to view the work online please ensure this is submitted along with the link. 
  • Image files should be JPG or PNG and no more than 5MB large. The upload time will depend on your internet connection speed so please be patient. If you are having problems uploading your images please use image editing software to resize your image to approximately 1600 pixels wide and then save as a new file. 
  • Save your image files with your name and the title of your artwork as the file name, eg, JoeBloggs_Untitled1.jpg.  Do not include invalid characters such as ‘ ” & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =

Work selected for exhibition will be expected to be for sale. Please select NFS (Not for sale) if this doesn't apply. Commission is charged by the gallery. It will be assumed that the sale price includes the cost of any frame and our commission. Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable. If you are VAT registered please provide a VAT number in the box provided.

All communication will be by email. Successful applicants will be notified by email and must respond within one week to confirm participation. Failure to do so could result in work being withdrawn from the exhibition.

Pre-Selection results will be available by the dates stated above.

Selection of certain works may be made with conditions and suggestions by the curatorial committee and may require a site visit and/or further discussion. If this is the case will contact you directly.

The judging panel’s decision is final and there is no appeals process.
We regret that we cannot offer feedback on the results of the selection.

Pre-selected works
Pre-selection results will be available on the online submission site by the dates stated above.

Works that pass the online pre-selection process must be delivered to the gallery by the date stated above.

All works that are pre-selected online are still subject to final selection by the panel on delivery to the gallery.

Work selected for the exhibition will be subject to an administration fee of £5 per work for SSA members, and £15 per work for non-members to be paid on delivery.

Works that are not included in the final selection should be uplifted from the gallery by the date stated above. The Society have no storage space so works not hung must be collected by this date. Any work not uplifted becomes the property of SSA and may be disposed of or recycled.

Where two or more artists are collaborating on a single work the submission will count as one of the permitted entries from each of the artists. Artists submitting collaborative work can use the rest of their permitted entries to submit solo works.

Whilst every possible care will be taken of works submitted, the Society cannot be responsible for any loss or damage incurred during the exhibition or in transit to and from it.  The Society does not insure the exhibits, artists are advised to insure their own work.

Delivery of your work
The gallery is not manned by Society staff outwith the advertised times and access cannot be arranged.

All packaging materials must be removed from the gallery.

There is no car park at the gallery. Where possible please arrive on foot or by public transport. Vehicular access will only be allowed for the delivery of large scale or heavy works.

Download the printable label, stick it to a piece of card or stiff paper, and attach it with string to the back of your work so that it can hang freely.

Please also attach a permanent label to your work with name, title, price and a contact phone number.

You may be required to install your own work depending on the scale. You will be contacted in advance if this is the case. 

Our recommended carriers are:
Van Go Go 2: Stuart Horsburgh, 07867 501778, 
Ali MacAuley: 0131 4433525, 07740 941715
John Lawrence, 07866 037 217, 

Sales & Commission
Professional members of SSA will be charged a reduced commission rate of 35% on the sale price of all work sold in the exhibition.

Artist, Graduate, Student, Associate and non-members will be charged a commission of 40% on the sale price of all work sold in the exhibition.

Any private sale must be intimated to the sales agent of SSA, and will be subject to the same level of commission. A sale made through the Societies shall have precedence. 

Framing & Finishing
Please ensure a high standard of presentation of works. No metal frames will be accepted. Any framing should be professionally finished and contemporary.

Works with wet paint will not be accepted; the artist is liable for the cost of any damage caused to other works by such items.

All works being handed in must be free of all hooks and cords and clearly marked ‘this way up’ where appropriate. The artist is liable for the cost of any damage caused to other works by protruding hooks and fixings. Mirror plates for hanging are provided by the Society.

Plinths and Display Equipment
Artists must provide their own floor-standing plinths or display equipment at the time of delivery.

All display equipment must arrive in good condition and ready for use as no painting is permitted within the gallery.

Any specialist display and hanging mechanisms must be clearly outlined in the submission proposal and any extra costs incurred should be covered by the artist.

Selected artists must supply their own electronic equipment if needed at the point of delivery.

All electronic equipment must be in good working order and PAT-tested prior to handing in.

All equipment must be labelled with artist’s name and contact number.

Removal of Works
Works cannot be removed until the end of the exhibition.

The gallery is not manned by the Society’s staff outwith the advised return date and times, and access to collect works cannot be arranged.

The SSA reserves the right to sell any works not collected after the end of the exhibition. Any costs incurred in storing uncollected work will be passed on to the artist.

Artists are responsible for arranging the collection of their own work if delivered by carrier.

It will be assumed that photographic reproduction of all works submitted and use of images for promotion or marketing purposes by the Society is allowed by the artist unless otherwise indicated.

By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:
The decision of The Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

I understand that The Organisers reserve the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.

I authorise The Organisers to process, store, and utilise the data in my submission and agree that, if selected for the exhibition, images of my work can be freely used by The Organisers, The Gallery and associated organisations for promotional and publicity purposes.

All information provided by me is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of my own creation.

I have read and understood these terms and conditions and by submitting this application I accept and agree to observe all the Terms and Conditions therein.

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