SSA 2012 – Call For Entries

The 115th Annual Open Exhibition
The Royal Scottish Academy Building
The Mound, Edinburgh


Receiving days
Monday, 16 January (12noon – 7pm)
Tuesday, 17 January (10am – 4pm)

Collection of non-selected work
All works not hung in the Exhibition MUST be collected
Saturday, 28 January (10am – 5pm)

Private View
Friday, 3 February (5 – 9pm)

Exhibition Open
Saturday, 4 February – Thursday 1 March

Collection of works exhibited
Friday, 2 March (2 – 5pm)
Saturday, 3 March (10am – 3pm)

Due to space constraints in the Lower Galleries the following number of works may be submitted for SSA 2012:
Professional Members – four works – one large work and three works of a maximum size of 60cms including frame in any direction.
Ordinary Members – three works – maximum size 60cms including frame in any direction.
Non-members – three works – maximum size 60cms including frame in any direction.


The SSA Annual Open Exhibition is, as its name suggests, open to all.
Anyone may submit work to be considered by the elected Selection Committee.
You do not have to be a Member of the Society or a professional artist – although as a non-member submission/hanging fees will apply (see below).
To enter work for the exhibition, simply download the schedule and labels and bring your work along to the gallery or one of the National collection points on submission days.

PLEASE NOTE: For SSA 2012, non-members may submit up to three works, Ordinary Members up to three works and Professional Members up to four works.
There is a charge to non-members of £10 per work submitted. There is no charge for members to submit. There is a hanging fee of £5 for members and £15 per work for non-members. For further information please see the schedule/entry form. Commission rates on sales at the exhibition are as follows; Professional Members pay 25%, Ordinary Members 30% and Non-Members 35%.

Over £4000 worth of Prizes to be awarded at the 2012 Annual Open Exhibition

We are delighted to have had the prizes listed below confirmed for 2012

  • The Tony and Maureen Toft Prize – £1000
  • The Deloitte Prize – £500
  • The Cairn Energy Prize – £500
  • Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio Prize New for 2012 – A free place on a 2 day Introduction to Laser Cutting Course at the Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio or a bespoke laser cutting or etching project, awarded to an artist exhibiting in the SSA Annual Exhibition whose work shows the potential for development through the medium of laser cutting or etching.
  • The Ramsay Cornish Auctioneers Prize – £300 New for 2012
  • The Southfield Prize – This is a very valuable prize which gives the artist the opportunity to have their work reproduced on (amongst other things) Art Post-Cards, Greeting cards, Mini Catalogues & business cards (including all layout and design). With a retail value in excess of £800, it has been generously sponsored by Southfield Stationers.
  • The Henderson Artshop Prize – The Henderson Artshop purchase prize is generously donated by James Walker of Henderson’s Artshop in Stockbridge
  • Mansfield Park Gallery & Art Hire Prize – A solo exhibition along with £250 worth of framing for the show
  • The Glasgow Art Club Fellowships new in 2011 – Two years free membership of the Club with all the usual exhibiting opportunities of the exhibiting artist members. There are two awards available
  • The Scottish Arts Club Prize – Two years free membership of the Club and a Solo Exhibition.
  • The Connell & Connell WS Prize – £300 – We are delighted to have had confirmation that this prize will be offered again in 2011
  • The Greyfriars Artshop Prize new in 2011 – We are grateful to Greyfriars Artshop who are offering a prize of a £150 voucher to be used at any of their shops.
  • The Pauline Fay Lazarus Prize for work using the human form new in 2011 – This prize of £150 is given to celebrate and remember the life and work of the artist.
  • The Purcell Paper Prize – We are grateful to Purcell Paper in London for generously donating this new prize of high quality paper worth £100.
  • The SSA Prize
  • The Edinburgh Printmakers Award – This prize offers the opportunity for an artist to attend a printmaking course at Edinburgh Printmakers plus three months free session fees enabling them to work in the studio to create a body of work.
  • SSA Website Awards – The SSA will award two artists the opportunity of having their work featured on this site for a year. The winners will be prominently featured on the website homepage.

Please note that there is no age limit to these prizes and they are open to all artists, both members and non-members alike.

George Edward Collier ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly‘ (background left) which won the The Tony and Maureen Toft Prize, and Daniela Justinian’s piece ‘Wanderings‘ (foreground) which won the The Deloitte Prize in 2011


1: Schedule & Entry Form
1. Download a copy of the ‘Information For Artists’. No need to print out.

Click here to download the schedule/information for all entrants

2. Download a copy of the appropriate entry form, print this out, complete, and bring in with your work on submission days.

  • Click here for Professional Member entry form
  • Click here for Ordinary Member entry form
  • Click here for Non-Member entry form

2: Labels

1.Download the appropriate labels in pdf format
2.IMPORTANT: Print the required label directly on to card (thinner than mounting card), or print on paper and attach to card.
3.Punch a hole where indicated
4.Attach securely to your submitted work so as to hang over the front of the work.

  • Click here for Professional Members Labels (blue)
  • Click here for Ordinary Members Labels (white)
  • Click here for Non-Members Labels (yellow)

3: National Collection Points

The Society continues a subsidised van run from the following points across Scotland: Inverness, Elgin, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and Selkirk.

Unfortunately, the SSA has been unsuccessful in securing a collection point in Glasgow this year. Should you require your work to be collected by carrier from Glasgow, please contact Ali McAuley on 07740 941 715 to arrange this personally.


Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness, IV2 3EB
Click here to download further information.


Moray College Art Dept, Academy Building, Moray Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1JJ
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Peacock Visual Art, 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ
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WASPS Studios, 18 Airlie Place, Dundee, DD1 1HJ
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Bronze Framing , Unit 4, Imex Business Centre, Broadleys, Stirling, FK7 7WU
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WASPS Artists Studios, Level Crossing Road, Selkirk, TD7 5EW
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