2023 marks the 125th SSA Annual Exhibition and we are delighted to be marking this occasion in a new venue – The Maclaurin Art Gallery

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 Gallery’s patron is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary painters, Peter Howson OBE.

“Holding our prestigious Annual Exhibition in Ayr is a first for the SSA. We believe that increasing engagement with Scotland’s high quality regional galleries will give our members more opportunities to reach new audiences. It marks the first step of the SSA’s ambition to take the best of Scottish contemporary art to new places both on the national and international art circuits,” Vasile Toch, SSA President.

The SSA plays a unique and vital role in supporting and bringing together artists working across a wide range of very diverse disciplines. Artists anywhere in the world are invited to apply to be part of one of the largest shows of contemporary art in Scotland.

In this General Submissions open call we are accepting work in the form of painting, printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture. All selected works must be for sale.

The SSA Annual Exhibition is produced and supported entirely by artists with no public funding. It will take place at The Maclaurin Art Gallery from 19 November 2023 – 14 January 2024.

If you have any queries please contact



●   All entries must be submitted through Zealous by the stated deadlines. You must first register with Zealous to make a submission. Please follow the registration instructions via the link above to set up an account. NB: Your SSA login details will not work on the Zealous platform.
●      Only works that have been pre-selected via the online submission process will be accepted on the hand-in day.
●      All selected works must be for sale.
●      There are no restrictions on size, discipline or media.
●      Professional Members of the SSA may submit up to four works in total across all categories.
●      Artist, Student and Graduate Members and non-members of the SSA may submit up to three works in total across all categories.
●      Non-members will be charged £15 per submission and can submit up to three works.
●      Unless part of a diptych/triptych etc, each artwork must have its own submission. Multiple works submitted on one submission will not be considered.
●      There is no entry charge for SSA members. Anyone wishing to join the Society or renew their membership can do so online at
●      Please ensure all artwork details are correct – titles, prices etc. submitted at this stage will be used for labels, the exhibition catalogue, and online.
●      Image files should be JPG or PNG and no more than 3MB large. 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 ‘ ” & % * ( ) < > / ~ # + =


This general call is for painting, printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture.

Open for entry: Friday 9 June 2022, 12pm
Entry deadline: Monday 21 August 2023, 12pm midday
Pre-selection notification: Friday 22 September 2023

Artwork Delivery: Thursday 2 November 2023, 10.30am-4.30pm
Private View: Saturday 18 November 2023
Exhibition open to public: Sunday 19 November 2023 – Sunday 14 January 2024
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 18 January 2024, 10.30am-4.30pm


Maximum number of submissions permitted = 3
1 Submission : £15.00
2 Submissions: £30.00
3 Submissions: £45.00

Artist, Student and Graduate Members
Maximum number of submissions permitted = 3
FREE – cost of submissions included in Membership subscription

Professional Members entry fee
Maximum number of submissions permitted = 4
FREE – cost of submissions included in Membership subscription

**The maximum number of entries includes submissions to the separate moving image open-call that will be launched in due course.**


●      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.

●      Work that has been shown in the RSA Annual Exhibition or will be shown in RSA New Contemporaries, or that has previously been shown in any SSA, VAS or RSW Annual Exhibitions should not be submitted.
●      No reproductions or copies of any kind will be accepted.
●      Artists do not need to be Scottish or have a Scottish connection to exhibit. Please note, however, that all pre-selected works need to be delivered to and collected from the gallery by the artist or a nominated representative or courier.

●      Pre-selection results will be emailed to the email address connected to your Zealous profile on the dates stated in the call.
●      We regret that we cannot offer feedback on the results of the selection.

●      Pre-selection results will be emailed to the email address connected to your Zealous profile on the dates stated in the call.
●      Works that pass the online pre-selection process must be delivered to the gallery by the date stated in the call.
●      All works that are pre-selected online are still subject to final selection by the panel on delivery to the gallery.
●      Work selected for the exhibition will be subject to £5 admin fee per work for SSA members and £15 per work for non-members, to be paid on delivery.
●      Works that are not included in the final selection should be uplifted from the gallery. You will be contacted by SSA Admin in this instance. The Society has no storage space, so works not hung must be collected by this date. Any work not uplifted becomes the property of the SSA and may be disposed of or recycled.

●      Please attach a stiff label to the back of your work with string. This label must be able to hang freely over the front of the work and should include your name, title of artwork, price and a contact phone number and email address.
●      Please also attach a permanent label to your work with name, title, price and a contact phone number.
●      The gallery is not manned by the Society’s staff outwith the advertised times and early access cannot be arranged.
●      All packaging materials must be removed from the gallery.
●      Members can deliver directly to The Maclaurin Art Gallery on the stated date above: Rozelle Park, Monument Road, KA74NQ
●      SSA will arrange two central drop-off points for delivery of works, both in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Artists will be charged a nominal fee for the use of this service. Further information on this will follow upon pre-selection.

Our recommended carriers to deliver to these central points are:

–       Van GoGo2 (Stuart Horsburgh) – (Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Borders)
–       Ali MacAuley – (Edinburgh, Glasgow)
–       John Lawrence – (Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Fife)
–       Paul Gilzean – (Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Fife, Perth)
–       Aardvark Art Services – (UK)
–       McAdie and Reeve – (Orkney)
–       Irish Art Services – (Ireland)
–       Art Cargo – (UK)
–       Picture Post – (UK)
–       Central Link Couriers – (UK, Europe)

●      You may be required to install your own work depending on the scale. You will be contacted in advance if this is the case.
●      Artists sending work from outside the UK are responsible for any customs and duty charges, declarations and other related documentation for the artwork both entering and leaving the UK, and for ensuring that work is received at the gallery by the specified time. The SSA is unable to pay import duty or related fees on any submitted work.

●      Artist, Student, Graduate Members and non-members will be charged a commission of 40% on the sale price of all work sold in the exhibition.
●      Professional Members of the SSA will be charged a reduced commission rate of 35% on the sale price of all work sold in the exhibition.
●      Any private sales during or a consequence of the exhibition must be processed through the SSA sales desks and will be subject to the same level of commission. A sale made through the Society shall have precedence.
●      Selected work should not be for sale on any other platforms during the exhibition period. Print editions are an exception.

●      Whilst every possible care will be taken of works submitted, the Society cannot be responsible for any loss or damage incurred during the exhibition or in transit to and from it. The Society does not insure the exhibits; artists are advised to insure their own work.

●      Please ensure a high standard of presentation of works. No metal frames will be accepted. Any framing should be professionally finished and contemporary.
●      Works with wet paint will not be accepted; the artist is liable for the cost of any damage caused to other works by such items.
●      All works being handed in must be free of all hooks and cords and clearly marked ‘this way up’ where appropriate. The artist is liable for the cost of any damage caused to other works by protruding hooks and fixings. Mirror plates for hanging are provided by the Society.

●      Artists must provide their own floor-standing plinths or display equipment at the time of delivery.

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

Image: Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition 2023 (detail), The Maclaurin Art Gallery. Photograph courtesy Iain Forrest