The 125th SSA Annual Exhibition, one of the largest and most prestigious shows of contemporary art in Scotland, is being held in Ayr for the first time in The Maclaurin Art Gallery

The exhibition will include paintings by Peter Howson OBE, one of Scotland’s leading contemporary painters and patron of The Maclaurin Art Gallery.

“Holding our most important show in Ayr marks the first step of the SSA’s ambition to reach new audiences, both nationally and internationally.” said Vasile Toch, SSA President.

 “This year’s show embraces all art forms including moving image, sculpture and installation creating a stimulating and inspiring array of talent from emerging and experienced artists.”  

The 150 selected artworks are from local, national and international artists and will be on show in all five galleries. In addition, Cutlog’s moving image presentation will play throughout the duration of the exhibition. 

Committed to supporting the next generation of artists, the SSA selectors chose 12 New Graduate Award winners from the 2023 Degree Shows across Scotland. 

The SSA Annual Exhibition is produced and supported entirely by artists with no public funding. Admission is free. 

The SSA plays a unique and vital role in supporting and bringing together artists working across a wide range of diverse disciplines. Artists anywhere in the world are invited to apply. 

Part of the historic Rozelle House complex in Ayr, The Maclaurin Art Gallery holds one of the country’s best collections of 20th and 21st century art, including works by John Bellany, Alan Davie, Patrick Heron, William McCance and Bridget Riley.  

The SSA 125th Annual Exhibition takes place at The Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, 19 November 2023 – 14 January 2024. Free admission.


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SSA 125th Annual Exhibition

The Maclaurin Art Gallery, Rozelle Estate, Ayr KA7 4NQ – View on google maps.

Exhibition Open 19 November 2023 – 14 January 2024

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm.

(Gallery Closed 24, 25, 26 December, Open 10am-4pm 27, 28, 29, 30 December and closed 31 December 2023, 1 & 2 January 2024).

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Image: Tzipporah Johnston, Venue Eye Trap (2), (Detail), Sculpture.