SSA Annual 2011


The Royal Scottish Academy Building,
The Mound, Edinburgh

‘Societies have a special place in art and these latest exhibitions at the Royal Scottish Academy prove their role is more vital now than ever.’ 

Duncan Macmillan – The Scotsman – 16 February 2011. Click here to read the full review.

‘The Society of Scottish Artists operates what is, in effect, the essence of true democracy. As an exhibiting society, with a show-case annual open exhibition, the society invites contributions from professional and non-professional members alike…’ 

Giles Sutherland – Tuesday 1st March 2011.  Click here to read the full review.

Exhibition Open
Saturday 5th February – Thursday 3rd March
RSA Upper Galleries, The Mound, Edinburgh
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

President: Christopher Wood RSW
Vice-President: Louise Ritchie

The Council
Rick Ballard | Calum Buchanan (co-opted) | June Carey | Liz Douglas | David Faithfull | Lorna Fraser | Fiona Hutchinson | Alan Kilpatrick | Tiina Leppänen | Norman McBeath | Scott Moncur (co-opted) | Nan Mulder (co-opted) | Leena Nammari | Gayle Nelson | Charmian Pollok

2011 Hanging and Arranging Committee
Jim Boon, Liz Douglas, David Faithful, Lorna Fraser, Lys Hansen, Leena Namaari, Louise Ritchie, Christopher Wood RSW

Graduate Artists Co-ordinator
Liz Douglas

Secretary and Exhibition Organiser
Noreen Sharkey Paisley

Introduction From The President

Welcome to SSA 2011, the 114th Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists which once again brings together a vibrant and exciting mix of members, non-members and recent graduates work, exploring a multitude of ideas, styles and media.

Staging the Annual Exhibition is a daunting task which is made possible only through the tireless efforts of a small group of volunteers to whom the entire Society owes a debt of gratitude; from our administrator, the members of Council and the elected Committees, the small number of members who return year after year to help, and the students from Moray and Edinburgh College of Art. It is their generosity that makes the whole event possible and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.

Our annual New Graduates programme, which sees two artists chosen from each of the five Scottish colleges to exhibit with us, always brings a freshness and ambition to the show and this year is no exception and I thank them all for their contribution.

The Annual Exhibition is the visible face of the Society – however it is only part of what we do. This year, our educational activities have allowed the SSA to engage with different audiences and age groups from age 3 to 2nd year art students. Vice President Louise Ritchie created a Hidden Cube Trail to coincide with the installation and permanent housing of Juteopolis at Verdant Works, Dundee; participated again in a conceptual exhibition design project with Interiors DJCAD, Dundee; and delivered an Expressive Drawing Workshop in Glasgow as part of the Exposure Art Festival 2010. We continue to build on these initiatives as well as working hard to construct new relationships.

We are also currently involved in three International initiatives which are creating dialogues between Scottish artists and artists in Poland, Slovakia and Canada. After last year’s Grafika Polska exhibition, this year we play host to the mysterious world conjured in the prints of Marianne Chevalier, our selected artist from the Engramme Print Studio in Quebec. During 2011 we will be selecting an SSA artist to reciprocate with a solo show in Quebec, and selected members will be exhibiting in Slovakia as part of the Project Bridges initiative.

My thanks also go out to those on the ever-increasing list of Prize-Sponsors who have chosen to generously support the Society and our artists by recognising the wealth of talent that we foster in a real and positive way.

We must all be aware that in the current climate, membership organizations like ours who serve the arts and communities must change and adapt with the market to reach wider audiences who will support, sponsor and promote our mission. We are continuously working to secure the future of the Society and on behalf of the membership we would like to thank you for visiting and your valued contribution. 

Christopher Wood –  President

The Open Exhibition

Click on an image below to scroll through slides of the exhibition.

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Photographs courtesy ©Norman McBeath 2011

Invited Graduate Artists

As part of its commitment to contemporary art, the SSA showcases the work of recent graduates from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Moray. At each degree show members of the SSA Council select and formally invite two graduating students to exhibit at the following years Annual Show. This is an opportunity to show work alongside newly emerging and established artists in a prominent public venue. The students are supported by a Council member to enable them with their arrangements and their work is featured in the exhibition catalogue and on the website. Click here to see Invited Graduates 2011. 
Image: Mary Somerville
‘Continuous Journey One (Sirius the Dog Star and Dog)’

SSA/Engramme Exchange Programme

In SSA 2011 the Society is delighted to be hosting the wonderful work of Marianne Chevalier, the first Canadian artist to be exhibited in Scot

land as part of the exciting new exchange project with the Engramme Studios in Quebec, Canada. Click here to view the works of Marianne Chevalier.

The exchange programme has been set up to to create a dialogue between Scottish and Canadian artists working in the field of printmaking. During the Summer of 2011 we will be calling for submissions from SSA members to be considered for a solo exhibition in Quebec. Assistance will be given in Canada and there will be funds available to help with shipping of the work overseas. All members will be eligible. Click here to find out more about this opportunity.

Image: Marianne Chevalier
Corneille craquelée (Cracked crow)’

Juteopolis – Education and Outreach

Juteopolis at Verdant Works, Dundee Heritage and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
Click here to find out more.

2011 Exhibition Catalogue

To download the 2011 catalogue please click here (Please note this is a large file: 2.3MB)

44 full colour pages; 37 colour illustrations; full list of exhibitors and prize-winners; invited graduates; invited polish artists (grafika Polska); price list.

To purchase a copy of the printed catalogue, please click here

2011 Exhibition Full Exhibitor List

For a full list of artists exhibiting in SSA 2011 click here

Congratulations to All Prize-Winners

The Tony and Maureen Toft Prize – £1000
George Edward Collier – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Southfield Prize – £800 in print.
James Kail – Elgin Overlooked

The Cairn Energy Prize – £500
Alice Betts – Untitled Video Projection I (Dogs)

The Deloitte Prize – £500
Daniela Justiniano – Wanderings

The Henderson Artshop Prize
Sunnifa Hope – From the Series Dark Period

Mansfield Park Gallery & Art Hire Prize – £250 framing & solo exhibition
Ewan John – 4 Birds at a Dance

The Glasgow Art Club Fellowships
George Edward Collier – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Christopher Wood RSW – The Climb

The Scottish Art Club Prize
Tiina Leppanen – Seasons, Days, Hours

The Connell & Connell WS Prize – £300
Katy Thomson – The Battle

The Greyfriars Artshop Prize – £150 voucher
Mary Morrison – Tidal Song I & II

The Pauline Fay Lazarus Prize for work using the human form – £150
Lorna Pirrie – Unforgiven

The Purcell Paper Prize – £100
Nicola Murray – June

The Edinburgh Printmakers Award – course and 3
month free session
Claudine Quinn – 100 Watt Nebulae

The SSA Prize – £250
Marianne Chevalier – Corneille Craquelee (Cracked Crow)

SSA Website Awards
Sandra Collins – Also Ran
Trude Blows – Departure – Recife 1953

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.

All exhibiting artists were eligible for these prizes, both Members and Non-members alike


SSA Scotland/Poland Exchange

The SSA will be curating an exhibition of members’ work to travel to Wroclaw in April 2012. The exhibition will concentrate on original prints and artist’s books. Further details, including submission and selection process, will be posted as they become available.

Click here for further information.

SSA/Engramme Canadian Exchange

This exchange programme has been set up to to create a dialogue between Scottish and Canadianartists working in the field of primntmaking.uring the Summer of 2011 we will be calling for submissions from SSA members to be considered for a solo exhibition in Quebec. Assistance will be given in Canada and there will be funds available to help with shipping of the work overseas. All members will be eligible.

Click here for further information.