Scotland Small?

25 Jun 2022 – 24 Jul 2022

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10:00 – 17:00
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This summer we are pleased to present new bodies of work from eight artists supported by the RSA Residencies for Scotland programme.


Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland small?

Hugh MacDiarmid

RSA Lower Galleries | Free entry

Daniel Cook | Rachel Duckhouse | Audrey Grant | Hannah Imlach | Frank McElhinney | Tim Sandys | Bruce Shaw | Fenris Wolf and Ragnar Thorfinn

Since its inception in 2009, RSA Residencies for Scotland has awarded over £313,000 to 106 artists at 29 venues across Scotland. This artist-led scheme enables a valuable period of research, development and production for visual artists at all stages of their careers, whilst forging important links with centres of excellence across Scotland.

The various artists presented here have each, independently, investigated the breadth of Scottish landscape - from history to physical topography. Viewed together, they portray a rich picture of our country and the numerous locations at which they have been hosted by our partners.

The exhibition also features new work from 2019 winner of the RSA Morton Award for Lens-based Media, Daniel Cook. As an artist and filmmaker, Cook immerses himself in the lives of his subjects. His film Love Letters From Aberdeenshire explores the lives of three men from the North East of Scotland through the lens of their extraordinary stories.

The Royal Scottish Academy maintains a unique position in Scotland as an independent, self-funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose sole purpose is to promote and support contemporary Scottish art. In addition to our exhibitions programme, a fundamental role of the RSA is the developmental support of artists towards the creation of new work. Together with partner funders we annually disburse over £300,000 worth of funds to artists and architects at all stages of their careers, through the sales of works, monetary awards, scholarships and residencies. Additionally, our partners play host to a wide range of engaged and supportive assistance including technical access, studio memberships, networks and exhibitions.

We would like to extend thanks to the exhibiting artists, the host venues and the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust and the Morton Charitable Trust for their continued cooperation and support.

In 2021, a new Bequest was gifted to the Royal Scottish Academy from the Estate of Mrs Jay Gordon Smith. The W Gordonsmith and Jay Gordon Smith Bequest will give additional support to the RSA Residencies for Scotland programme. The first recipients of this new bequest have already been selected and are beginning their research this summer.

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Exhibiting artistsToggle

Daniel O’Dempsey

James Alexander McKenzie

Bruce Shaw

Tim Sandys

Frank McElhinney

Hannah Imlach

Audrey Grant

Rachel Duckhouse

Daniel Cook

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