The Society of Scottish Artists in collaboration with CutLog Artists Moving Image announce a unique opportunity for artists to present moving image works.

With a shared vision to provide an accessible platform for artist moving image, the SSA and CutLog invite artists from across the world to enter their work to be considered for inclusion in a showcase screening as part of the SSA’s Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh from 22 December 2019 – 30 January 2020.

The exhibition, OPEN SSA+VAS, is presented in partnership with Visual Arts Scotland and will be the largest exhibition of contemporary art and craft to be held in Scotland this year giving an audience of over 30,000 people the opportunity to discover and enjoy artworks across all mediums. The exhibition is produced and supported entirely by artists with no public funding.

Within the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy galleries, a dedicated screening gallery will host a program of single-screen works selected through an anonymous, open submission process. Artists at all stages of their career and from anywhere in the world are invited to enter. All works will be viewed and selected by a panel of practicing artists and moving image makers.

We are looking for video or digitised film suitable for single-screen projection. Works should be no longer than 20 minutes. There is no theme, however, we are keen to utilise this opportunity to discover the variety of ways in which artists are exploring and developing their ideas through this medium. Artists should be aware that we have an unrestricted family audience, and artists must take responsibility for all copyright and licensing of each work submitted.

Open for Entry: Thursday 20 June 2019
Deadline: Monday 5 August 2019
Exhibition: 22 December 2019 – 30 January 2020

The selection results will be available at the submission website from Tuesday 3 September 2019.

PLEASE NOTE If you wish to submit a video that is part of a gallery installation please apply separately through the INSTALLATION, PROPOSALS AND PERFORMANCE SUBMISSION.

How to submit your work

All works must be submitted online digitally by the deadlines stated above.

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

Members of SSA can enter up to a maximum of 3 entries and pay a £5 screening fee for each work selected. Members can also apply in full to other open calls as usual.

Non-members pay £5 per entry up to a maximum of 3 entries.

Artwork links, images and details

You are required to have an online copy of the work available for viewing preferably on Vimeo or Youtube. You will need to submit an URL for the work and the password if one is in place.

Please ensure all artwork details are correct – titles, prices etc. submitted at this stage will be used for labels, exhibition catalogue and online.

As part of the submission process you will need to provide a thumbnail image and supporting text.

Image files should be JPG or PNG and no more than 5MB large. 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 ‘ ” & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =


No work will be exhibited that has also been shown or will be shown in the RSA open exhibition or New Contemporaries, or that has previously been shown in any SSA, VAS, RSW annual exhibition.
No reproductions or copies of any kind will be accepted.
Artists do not need to be Scottish or have a Scottish connection to exhibit.


Selection results will be available on the online submission site by the dates stated above. 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.

All selected works must be sent to the exhibition organisers by the date requested and must conform exactly to the work selected.

The final selected works should ideally be presented to us as QuickTime movie at H.264 codec (25 frames per second). We will discuss the possibility of other options where the above is difficult.


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.

Sales & Commission

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

Ordinary, 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 VAS/SSA, and will be subject to the same level of commission. A sale made through the Societies shall have precedence.


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

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