A Society of Scottish Artists exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre, then Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Sebastian Mary Tay, Time Passing #2, photograph


The idea of Utopia may be older than Thomas More’s famous book, but what could actually be gained from the concept, or possibly lost? A personal utopia would surely be as individual as each of our personal imagination.  Is this the difficulty with any proposed Utopian society?  The power of the individual would make the construct a contradiction.  However, there is room in Art for the individual to create their own Utopia, which we invite you to do.



Artists were invited to submit proposals for new works or propose existing works in all mediums, which interrogate, challenge, comment or engage creatively with the concept of ‘Utopia’.

Selected works will be exhibited at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, and it is planned that a proportion of the exhibition will be toured to Kirkcudbright Galleries.

All artists are welcome to apply but artists must join or be a current member of the Society. Membership is open to all artists across the world. There is no additional submission fee.

The benefits of membership also include free submission to our Annual Exhibition, promotion of your work and discounts at partner art shops and framers. To join click here.

Exhibition prizes to be announced shortly.

Gracefield Arts Centre is a hub for creativity and the arts in Dumfries & Galloway and together with its sister organisation in Kirkcudbright, the newly opened Kirkcudbright Galleries, aim to promote the best in visual art from home-grown talent and showcase exhibitions of historical and contemporary art from the UK and abroad. Find out more about the region and its arts and museum venues at www.dgculture.co.uk


Key Dates
Entry Deadline: Wednesday 10 April 2019, midnight
Selection Notification: mid May

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
Preview: Saturday 31 August 2019, 2-4pm
Exhibition: 31 August – 2 November 2019

Kirkcudbright Galleries:
Exhibition: December 2019 – March 2020

Work delivered to pick up points:

WASPS Studios, Gallowgate Studios, 15 East Campbell Street, Glasgow G1 5DT
Friday 16 August 2019, Noon – 6pm, or by arrangement with Rowena Comrie (rowenacomrie@btinternet.com) mob. 07837 428663

WASPS Albion Road, Studio 113, Unit 7a, Albion Business Centre, 78 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH5 SQ7
Saturday 17 August, noon – 6pm or by prior arrangement with Sharon Quigley (sharon_quigley@yahoo.com) mob: 07719 837998 

Delivery direct to Gracefield Arts Centre: Friday 16 / Saturday 17 August or by arrangement.   

Artists must be a member of the SSA to apply. Membership is open to all artists across the world. There is no additional submission fee. To join today please click here

Number of works
Artists may submit up to 6 works 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 discipline or media. 

Due to the van door size, there is a size restriction for artworks transported by SSA/Gracefield (pick up points in Glasgow and Edinburgh). If you wish to use this service works must be no larger than 170cm x 140cm.

There is no size restriction to works that will be delivered directly to Gracefield.

Please submit up to 6 images or/and a link to a video for each artwork submitted, 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. There will be a 40% commission charge. It will be assumed that the sale price includes the cost of any frame and our commission. Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable. If you are VAT registered please provide a VAT number in the box provided.

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.

Artists are responsible for insuring their own work. All works accepted for the exhibition will be displayed entirely at the artists’ risk and organisers and the gallery will not accept liability for loss or damage occurring during the exhibition.

Delivery and Collection
Artists will be required to cover the cost of transportation to and from the venue/pick up points. 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.

Sebastian Mary Tay, Time Passing #2, photograph



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