Who We Are

Sharon Quigley

President | Sharon Quigley | SSA Page  | website | email

Sharon Quigley is an award winning visual artist, whose work balances interdisciplinary collaboration with a self-directed studio practice. She has successfully delivered well received exhibitions and public artworks within galleries and non- traditional art spaces, undertaking many artistic residencies, research-driven arts projects and public art commissions. She regularly works co-creatively with a variety of artists, designers, makers, institutions and arts production companies, such as Wide Open, Atlas Arts, Project Ability, Artlink Central and the University of Stirling’s Art Collection.

Sharon studied painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee before completing an MA in European Fine Art in Barcelona. She has been the recipient of several awards including The Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts Exhibitionship, The Jeffrey Orchar Award for Painting, Edinburgh Printmakers’ Award and a Hope Scott Publication Award and Travel Award. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and has work in many collections , such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Mastercard, Baillie Gifford and The International Centre for Cultural Development in India as well as within many private collections

Paul Charlton

Vice President | Paul Charlton | SSA Page | website

Paul graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in Sculpture. After graduating, he taught Art and Craft classes and workshops, worked in theatre, designing and building sets, then went on to study furniture making and restoration. He currently works with photography and printmaking, blending it with sculpture, theatre and furniture making skills to create unique works of art.








Rowena S Comrie |SSA Page
David Faithfull | SSA Page
Aleksandra Kargul | SSA Page&
Kirsty Lorenz | SSA Page
Silvana Maclean | SSA Page
Norman McBeath | SSA Page
Ruth Nicol | SSA Page
Gerry Smith
Jenny Smith | SSA Page

Rick Ballard (co-opted)
Alan Bond (co-opted) | SSA Page
Calum Buchanan (co-opted)
Janna Emburey (co-opted) | SSA Page
James Lumsden (co-opted) | SSA Page
Jamie McAteer (co-opted)

Administrator | Lynne Mackenzie email 

After studying Art, then History of Art, and working with organisations including Glasgow Museums, Glasgow Print Studio and the Royal Glasgow Institute, Lynne joined the SSA in 2016.

As well as working with the SSA and the George Wyllie Foundation, Lynne is a freelance visual arts curator, manager and marketer currently collaborating with a number of artists and organisations. She is also Founding Editor of ArtScotland.info – a website dedicated to promoting visual art in Scotland.

Honorary Presidents

Richard Demarco CBE
George Wylie MBE – Born 1921, Died 2012

Honorary Vice-President

Frank Ross The Rt Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh

The Present

The SSA today continues in the spirit of its founders, to show the controversial and the unexpected and to give hanging space to new artists of promise.

It also regularly exhibits work from artists drawn from many areas overseas, including Slovakia, Poland, USA, Canada, India, Africa, Europe and Japan. This is part of its continuing drive to establish contacts amongst artists worldwide.

The SSA has been an artist-led membership organisation since 1891, governed by an elected President and elected Council consisting of around twelve members of the Society. Specialist professionals are co-opted onto Council to assist on particular projects.





Aims of the SSA

  • To promote the contemporary arts in Scotland by increasing audience and widening access.
  • To promote and encourage experimentation and the “adventurous spirit” in Scottish art.
  • To empower and inform artists through becoming part of an artist-led organisation and through the provision of training opportunities and discussion forums.
  • To provide exhibition opportunities for artists
  • To facilitate artist exchanges and communication with international artists and artist groups
  • To provide educational projects to encourage a wider understanding and awareness of contemporary art
  • To work under a policy of equal opportunities, access and inclusion

The Annual Exhibition

The SSA continues its tradition of holding an Annual Contemporary Open Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Installation, video, computer and performance art alongside a strong core of works in traditional media result in challenging and invigorating shows. In an art-world where the divide between “new genres” and “traditional media” has rarely been wider, the SSA plays a unique and vital role in bridging the gap.

The SSA supports emerging and experimental artists in a number of practical ways. Each year the SSA selects a number of graduating students from the five Scottish art college degree shows to exhibit in the Annual Exhibition. It also accepts proposals for installations and performance events selected through open submission.

Current Membership

For a list of all current members please click here For members’ profile pages click here

Annual Report and Financial Statement

If you would like a copy of the SSA’s most recent Annual Report and Financial Statement please click here