The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture

Exhibition Details

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture

This year the RSA Open Exhibition will be back in the entire RSA Lower Galleries and will be on throughout the world famous Edinburgh Festival! Drawing from artists across the whole of Scotland and beyond, this exhibition showcases nearly 400 works annually and features a wide range of small and medium sized works (max. 80cm in any direction) selected through open submission including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs.

Entry Deadline: 07 June 2017 Midnight

Key Dates

Open For Entry: 21 March 2017.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 5pm.

Pre-Selection Notification: Monday 19 June.
Hand-in of works: Friday 7 & Saturday 8 July, 10am – 4.30pm.

Final Selection Notification: Thursday 13 July (pm)
Collect unselected works: Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Monday 17 July, 10am – 4.30pm

Opening Reception: Friday 21 July (invite only)
Exhibition Open To Public: 22 July 2017 to 1 October 2017, 10am - 5pm.
Collection of unsold work: Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 2017, 10am - 4.30pm.

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 2
First or Single Entry Price: £10
Up to 2 artworks: £18

Concession Prices for Student.
Maximum Artwork Entries: 2
First or Single Entry Price: £6
Up to 2 artworks: £12

Exhibition Entry Information

Artists may submit TWO works no larger than 80cm in any one direction (outer frame size) in any medium. Oversized works will not be accepted.
All works submitted for exhibition are considered by the RSA Council and Committee of Arrangements whose decision to accept or reject is final. Feedback is not provided on individual submissions and the panel will not enter into discussions nor
make any exceptions on the final selection.
No reproductions of any kind and no works that have already been exhibited at the RSA can be received without the express sanction of the Council. Applied art will not be accepted. No work made from ivory or in any way involving the use of ivory
will be accepted.

Artists must register and submit their work online at
Applications must be completed before the deadline. You will not be able to make changes to your online submission and new entries will not be allowed after this date. Please remember your log in details!
You can submit ONE image per work. Please ensure that you include good quality images that will do justice to your work and that adhere to the specifications noted on the website. We recommend JPG files of about 1600 pixels wide and 2MB in size.
An Entry Fee (inclusive of VAT) is required for each work: Students £6 per work / Artists £10 per work or £18 for two works.
Payment can be made online with a Paypal Account or by credit/debit card. Submissions will not be accepted without payment and refunds will not be offered for works not selected or handed in.
In line with other exhibiting societies please note there will also be a £10 administration fee for any works hung in the exhibition payable by cash on Hand In days. Any works not included in the final selection will be refunded this admin fee.

Pre-selection results: Monday 19 June 2017. Please log into your account for results of work that has been pre-selected for the exhibition.

In line with other exhibiting societies there is a £10 administration fee (cash only) for any works hung in the exhibition payable on Hand In days. Any works not included in the final selection will be refunded this admin fee.

Pre-selected works must be delivered to the South Door of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (facing the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound). Artists are not allowed to
hand in different or substitute works to those that have been pre-selected. Works must be unwrapped and all packing must be removed from the Academy. Work will not be received outwith the stated hours.

Final selection notification: Thursday 13 July (pm). Please log into your account for final confirmation. If your work is not selected for the exhibition, please arrange for the uplift of your works between Saturday 15 & Monday 17 July, 10am – 4.30pm.

Labels: Labels will be posted to pre-selected artists and will also be available at the RSA on Hand-in day.
Every work submitted must be accompanied by an RSA Label. Labels must be SECURELY attached to each work with string which is gaffer taped or stapled to the back/frame. Each label is in three sections, A, B and ARTIST RECEIPT, all of which must be clearly completed in BLOCK CAPITALS. A permanent label or other identification must also be affixed to the back of eachwork and if possible, to each piece of sculpture, giving the artist's name, title of work and price. Failure to comply with these requirements in full can lead to rejection of the work.

Pre-selected work not hung in the exhibition: Saturday 15 , Sunday 16, Monday 17 July, 10am – 4.30pm
Unsold work after the exhibition closes: Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October, 10am – 4.30pm.
We do not have any storage at the RSA so the artist must have their work uplifted on the dates given. Any works not collected will incur a storage fee to be paid by the artist. After 2 weeks the work will become property of the RSA and may subsequently be disposed of. No work, once placed, can be removed until the close of the Exhibition without a special order
from the Council. By completing the online registration process, the artist accepts this condition as a binding agreement whereby ownership of the uncollected works is relinquished by him/her and transferred absolutely to the RSA.

Framed and unframed work will be accepted. Frames must have no hanging mechanisms attached. All works will be mirror plated by the RSA hanging team. Unusual works must have instructions for hanging and any specialist fittings that their weight or particular materials require. Work in inadequate or unusual frames, or of unusual shapes, may be rejected. Please note that clip frames will not be accepted.

Original prints are encouraged; however reproductions of existing artworks in other media will not be accepted. If further works from an edition are available, please note the framed and unframed prices and number available on your application.

Plinths/shelves for sculptures/AV equipment must be supplied with the work on the receiving days or the work will be rejected.
Plinths must be stable and the appropriate size for the work. The RSA reserves the right to paint plinths unless expressly prohibited by the artists. Works whose stability, materials or method of construction could present a hazard to the viewing public may be rejected on these grounds. Pieces having moving parts or utilising electrical/mechanical elements must comply
with health and safety regulations. A composite work must be accompanied by clear instructions for assembly.

For the purpose of selection, artists working in film or digital media must submit a link to Vimeo/Youtube, or another accessible website to their film or sound work. Selected artists must supply all electronic A/V equipment (and plinths if necessary) with set up instructions for the exhibition unless otherwise stated by the RSA. All equipment must be PAT tested.

All works must be for sale. All sales made from the exhibition are subject to 40% commission + VAT (charged on the amount of commission only). The price of work shown on the online submission form and Labels is the total price payable by the purchaser. Artists registered for VAT must enter their VAT number on the online submission form. Where editions of work
(sculptural casts, prints, etc.) are available for sale, artists are asked to enter the appropriate information (number in edition, number available for sale and framed or unframed).
Any private sale of the work (including editions) must immediately be intimated to the Sales Agent, otherwise a sale made through the RSA shall have precedence. No editions of works should be sent by the artist to a purchaser until the RSA has confirmed that the price has been paid in full. In addition, any private sale made outwith, but as a direct result of, the
exhibition should also be acknowledged, whereupon the relevant commission will be charged.
Print Editions: If there are further works from an edition available, please note the framed and unframed prices and number available on your online submission form. The artist will have to arrange for the framing and delivery of any additional framed prints sold (the RSA will not charge commission on the framing premium).

Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 it is the general rule that in the absence of any agreement to the contrary, copyright of a work of art belongs to the artist or his/her heirs and assigns. By submitting work, unless contacted by the artist in writing to say otherwise, the artist grants the RSA permission to photograph and/or film the submitted works for press and marketing purposes, including the right to free reproduction for any catalogue, poster, website or other non-commercial promotional material in connection with the exhibition.

While all reasonable care is taken at all times, works are submitted at the artist’s risk. The RSA shall not be responsible for any loss or damage however caused, either during or awaiting transit to and from the exhibition or during any period of storage, installation, packing or unpacking or period in which the work may be in the care of the RSA. Artists are advised to arrange proper and adequate insurance cover against these risks.

By completing the online registration process for the RSA Open Exhibition, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accept the terms & conditions laid out in these regulations.

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