This year marks the return of the SSA Annual Exhibition to the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. We are delighted to announce that we are once again accepting submissions for installations, site specific work, performance and proposals for an unrealised work

Artists anywhere in the world are invited to apply to be part of one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary art in Scotland. We encourage submissions of ambitious new artwork created specifically for the space, or existing artwork that is repurposed for the 126th Annual Exhibition. 

Artists should submit in this category if your work is site-specific and has special installation/equipment requirements, is a performance or unrealised idea that you will only create if selected for the exhibition. 

The SSA Annual Exhibition is one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in Scotland. The exhibition is produced entirely by artists with no public funding and will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL from 23 November – 11 December 2024. 

There are multiple open calls relating to this exhibition. Please see our website for full details and to ensure you are submitting to the right call. If you have any queries regarding which call you should apply to, please contact



  •   All entries must be submitted through Zealous by the stated deadlines. 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
  •     Artists must submit at least three supporting images of their work, a maximum of eight images. These must include sketches of the proposed work. You may also include images of past works and links to video or documentation.
  •     Please ensure all artwork details are correct – titles, prices etc. submitted at this stage will be used for labels, the exhibition catalogue, and online.
  •     A link to online video or other related supporting materials can be included in the submission. If the selection committee requires a password to view the work online, please ensure this is submitted along with the link.
  •     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 the title of your artwork as the file name, eg Untitled1.jpg.  Do not include invalid characters such as ‘ ” & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =


This call is for installation, site specific work, performance and proposals for unrealised work.

Open for entries: Friday 7 June 2024, 12 noon
Entry deadline: Monday 22 July, 12 noon
Pre-selection notifications: Friday 16 August
Artwork Completion: Sunday 20 October
Artwork Delivery: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November
Exhibition Open: Saturday 23 November – Wednesday 11 December 2024.
Collection of unsold work: Friday 13 & Saturday 14 December


Non members
Maximum number of submission permitted = 3

1 submission = £15.00
2 submissions = £30.00
3 submissions = £45.00

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

Professional Members
Maximum number of submissions = 4
FREE – cost included in membership subscription

**The maximum number of entries includes submissions to the installation / proposals / performance, and general submissions open calls.**



  • 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.
  • Selection of certain works may be made with conditions and suggestions by the curatorial committee and may require a site visit and/or further discussion. If this is the case, we will contact you directly.
  • We regret that we cannot offer feedback on the results of the selection.
  • 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 a hanging fee of £10 per work for SSA members and £20 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. 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.
  • There is no car park at the gallery. Where possible please arrive on foot or by public transport. Vehicular access will only be allowed for the delivery of large-scale or heavy works.
  • It is the artists’ responsibility to source a courier and make arrangements directly with them. Our recommended carriers are:

–       Van GoGo2 (Stuart Horsburgh) – (Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Borders)
–       ABC Couriers (Paul Tait) – (Central Belt)
–       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, including any technical equipment required as part of the artwork. 


  • 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: SSA 130 Years Exhibition, 2022. Photograph Julie Howden