A Society of Scottish Artists exhibition at The Meffan Gallery, Forfar
7 September – 2 November 2019


“We’re all—trees, humans, insects, birds, bacteria—pluralities. Life is embodied network. Because life is a network, there is no “nature” or “environment,” separate and apart from humans. We are part of the community of life, composed of relationships with “others,” so the human/nature duality that lives near the heart of many philosophies is, from a biological perspective, illusory.”

― David George Haskell, The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors




Professional Artist Members of the Society are invited to submit proposals for new or existing works in all mediums. Submissions are welcomed that engage creatively with the concept of ‘Time Spent Amongst Trees’; this may (or may not) include artworks that challenge or comment on:

– Engagement with nature

– Biological networks and ecological aesthetics

– Relationships, interdependence and interconnectedness

The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery is the flagship venue for Angus Council’s fine art collection, here two galleries are devoted to art exhibitions, bringing the work of a range of contemporary Scottish artists to Angus.




Key Dates

Entry Deadline: 30 April 2019
Selection Notification: mid-May 2019
Artwork pick up drop off points Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife 31sAugust / 1 September
Delivery of work to the gallery Tuesday 3 September
Hanging and arranging 4 and 5 September
Exhibition opening Saturday 7 September 2019, 2- 4pm.
Exhibition closes 2 November 2019
Removal of works Monday 4 November 2019 (packing by Meffan, pick up by carrier)

Artists must be a Professional Artist Member of the SSA to apply. Professional Membership is available through application only. Artist Members are eligible for consideration and election to Professional Artist Membership providing they meet the application criteria –  Application Deadline: Sunday 31 March 2019 Find out more here: http://www.s-s-a.org/professional-membership-applications-open/

Number of works
Artists submit up to 6 work but can submit a group of works as one entry if the group was created with the intention of being viewed as a whole, e.g. an installation comprised of elements, a suite of prints or a diptych.

There are no restrictions on size, discipline or media.
No reproductions or copies of any kind will be accepted.

Please submit up to 6 images or/and a link to a video, a description of your work, and a short statement about the work.

Proposals for an unrealised work might include sketches of the proposed work or images of past works and links to video or documentation.

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.

Image Uploads
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. Image file names should not be too long and should not contain any invalid characters such as ‘ ” & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =

Work selected for exhibition can be for sale. A commission of 40% (VAT inclusive) is applied to all sales. Please note that all sales are paid at the venue and processed through the ANGUSalive financial management system. At the end of an exhibition, the artist will receive a payment for works sold from ANGUSalive. This is paid via bank transfer.

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.

The Selection Committee will select the works for the exhibition. The Selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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

Plinths and Display Equipment
Artists must provide their own floor standing plinths or display equipment.
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 submission. All electronic equipment must be PAT tested prior to handing in. All equipment must be labelled with artist’s name and contact number.

ANGUSalive will offer All Risks Insurance for the work while it is in our possession. Exhibitors must supply a full list of values no later than 2 weeks prior to delivery of the artwork. Failure to fulfil this condition means the work will not be insured whilst in our possession. Artists are responsible for insuring their own work during transportation to and from the gallery.

Delivery and Collection
Artists will be required to cover the cost of transportation too and from the venue. We will work with artists to find the best and most cost-effective way of transporting works too and from the venue and are looking at various options to reduce costs such as sharing courier costs. Artists are responsible for insuring their own works. Work not collected at the stated times will be subject to a daily charge of £10 and will be disposed of after one week.


Image: Kirsty Lorenz, Votive Offering No.73, watercolour, acrylic on paper (detail)









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