SSA Annual Exhibition 2014


National Galleries of Scotland,
The Royal Scottish Academy,
Upper Galleries
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL


5 December – 20 December 2014


Click here for a full list of selected work.

‘It is well worth it. They have used the space of the RSA’s grand rooms very well. There is a lot in the show and it is pretty diverse stuff, but it seems neither crowded nor confused…altogether it is a very good show. So don’t blink.’
Extract from Duncan MacMillan review of SSA 2014, published in the Scotsman 8 December 2014. Read the full article.

‘Thoughtfully assembled and democratically chosen, this lean, uncluttered show brims with fresh energy, ingenuity and intellect.’
Extract from Giles Sutherland’s **** review of SSA 2014, published in the Times 11 December 2014. Read the full article.

Fagan-consciousness-wWHO’S WHO

President: Gayle Nelson
Vice-President: Sharon Quigley

The Council: Katharine Aarrestad SSA,
Elaine Allison SSA, Rick Ballard,
Allan Beveridge, Alan Bond SSA,
Calum Buchanan (co-opted), Morgan Cahn
(co-opted), Paul Charlton SSA (co-opted),
David Forster SSA, Frances Law (co-opted), Rosie Lesso, Jo McDonald SSA &
Deirdre Robertson (co-opted).

Administrator and Exhibition Coordinator: Julia Douglas

Graduate & Intern Coordinators: Katharine Aarrestad & David Forster

*Installation Coordinators: Elaine Allison, Alan Bond & Jo McDonald

Selection Committee for *Site-Specific Work: Katharine Aarrestad, Elaine Allison, Alan Bond, David Forster, Jo McDonald, Gayle Nelson PSSA & Sharon Quigley VPSSA.

Selection Committee for All Work Under 180cm: Gayle Nelson PSSA, Aileen Grant, Rona MacLean, Norman McBeath, Leena Nammari, Sharon Quigley VPSSA and Louise Ritchie PPSSA.

Hanging and Arranging Committee: Gayle Nelson PSSA, Elaine Allison, Aileen Grant, Rona MacLean, Ruth Nicol, Duncan Robertson, Catherine Sargeant and Jenny Smith.

Interns: Michael Di Rienzo and Katariina Yli-Malmi

* Includes all site-specific works, digital artwork, performance and any artwork measuring over 180cm in any direction.


The Tony and Maureen Toft Prize – £1000
Katharine Aarrestad, ‘The stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world’
The Murray Beith Murray Prize for Innovative Printmaking – £750
David Faithfull, ‘Perpetual Landscape: Royal Road Test Revisited’
The Cairn Energy Prize – £500
Marina Burt, ‘Silk, Silver and the Sublime’
The Deloitte Prize – £500
Robert Powell, ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’
The Connell & Connell WS Prize – £300
Līga Kočāne, ‘Untitled’
The Henderson Artshop Prize – £300
Robert Balfour Ward, ‘Iron Ship’
The Ramsay Cornish Prize – £300
David Forster, ‘Come to the golden castle. (Kinghorn)’
The Southfield Prize – £300 worth of printed material
Elaine Allison, ‘Family Tree – Birch, Scot’s Pine, Rowan, Cedar of Lebanon, Oak and Spruce’
The Greyfriars Artshop Prize – £150 voucher
Aileen Keith, ‘Forgetting’
The Pauline Fay Lazarus Prize for work using the human form – £150
Aine Scannell, ‘Ursula’s Thread’
The Purcell Paper Prize – Paper worth £100
Ingrid Bell, ‘Bleeding Brain’
Lithography Residency in Eichstaett, Bavaria – Funded 2 week residency and exhibition
Catherine Hiley, ‘Boat’
The Edinburgh Printmakers Award – Printmaking course plus 3 months free session fees
Mary Morrison, ‘Galaxy’
The Glasgow Art Club x 2 – Free membership for one year
Kevin McFall, ‘Woman in Profile’
Kevin Low, ‘The Artist’
The Lyth Arts Centre Exhibition Prize
Jacqueline Higgs, ‘Harbour Road’
The Meffan Gallery and Museum Solo Exhibition Prize
Cécile Simonis, ‘Zeppelin’
The Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize
Cate Inglis, ‘Fish Market’
SSA Rosalux 2015 – Exhibition opportunity in Minneapolis in May 2015
The Scottish Art Club Prize
Miriam Vickers, ‘Orkney Landscape’
The SSA Exhibition Prize – Exhibition opportunity in SSA 2015
Koralia Maciej, ‘Interior Architecture I’


We are delighted to be showing work by Graham Fagen (image above), one of the UK’s foremost contemporary artists. Read more


The SSA has invited the following curators to put together an ambitious film and digital media programme, which will form a vital element of the 2014  Annual exhibition: Pryle Behrman will curate ‘It’s me, not you’. Mark Daniels and Sarah Cook will curate a selection of digital works drawn from the New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund. Read more


Marina Burt – Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
Morgan Cahn – Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee
Jamie Davidson – Moray School of Art, Elgin
Ryan Eeson – Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee
Davy Forsyth – Edinburgh College of Art
Sophie Hopkinson – Edinburgh College of Art
Līga Kočāne – Glasgow School of Art
Lola Milne – Glasgow School of Art
Laura Mullen – Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
Jess Standfast – Moray School of Art, Elgin

Invited Graduate, Davy Forsyth unveils ‘Pressed‘ at SSA 2014


Click on an image to enlarge and then scroll through the images using the arrows left and right.

Exterior images copyright © Peter Dibdin, Interior images copyright © Norman McBeath 2015.


SSA 2014 Winter Social

Get Christmassy, Get creative.
Saturday, 13 December
12 noon – 4pm
Royal Scottish Academy

Take a break from Christmas shopping and join the SSA, their friends and families for a festive celebration of this year’s 117th annual show.

All ages are invited to participate in a range of activities devised and delivered by featured artists and collaborators; exploring aspects of the exhibition, artworks and themes with a seasonal slant. Create beautiful paper chains and deck the halls with Christmas garlands. Music, poetry, pop-up tours, interventions and much more.

Festive Frolic

Thursday, 18 December
5.30 – 7.30
Royal Scottish Academy Upper Galleries

The Presidents and councils of SSA, VAS and RSW are delighted to invite you to join us at our fundraising party evening, ‘Festive Frolic!’. This is a fantastic opportunity to parade in the RSA galleries, indulge in a glass or two of wine, and enjoy the artwork on display in a fun and festive atmosphere. The galleries will be alive with music from Project Moonbase, there will be informal gallery tours throughout the evening, and you might get lucky in our luxury festive raffle, with great prizes to be had such as a magnum of Bordeaux, a free haircut, cinema vouchers or whiskies galore!

It is only through your support that the three societies can continue to exhibit in these prestigious and beautiful galleries, which were, after all, built as a shared public facility. Tickets are just £10 and a glass of wine is included on entry. (Further drinks by donation).

Drop in and buy tickets from SSA Sales desks in the upper galleries from 4 December.

Book online at

Or just turn up and pay at the door on the night.

We look forwards to seeing you there, it will be a fun evening!


 Download a PDF copy of the Catalogue here.



Image top: ~ in the fields, ‘ink
Image top right: Invited Artist, Graham Fagan
Image bottom right: Invited Graduate, Laura Mullen

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