SSA is delighted to present an opportunity for SSA Members to exhibit work in The Christopher Boyd Gallery at Old Gala House with the compelling theme of “Threads”. The exhibition aims to explore the diverse and intricate connections that weave through the fabric of human experience, fostering a dialogue between artists and viewers alike. 

The theme “Threads” serves as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of ideas, cultures, and emotions that form the rich tapestry of our lives. A significant source of inspiration for this exhibition is ‘The Great Tapestry of Scotland’, which is housed in its own building in Galashiels; a monumental work of art that vividly depicts the country’s history and heritage. 

We invite SSA Members to draw parallels between the themes explored in the tapestry and those in the exhibition. 

The Great Tapestry of Scotland beautifully captures the threads of history, culture, and identity that run through the country. Our artists may draw inspiration from this commemorative work, exploring similar themes of heritage, connection, and the interwoven narratives that define our shared human experience.

About Old Gala House

Set in beautifully maintained grounds near the centre of Galashiels, Old Gala House is an impressive building dating back to 1583. Once home to the Lairds of Galashiels and with over 400 years of history, the house is now a museum and gallery which tells the story of the town and its people along with hosting a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events. The Christopher Boyd Gallery is situated on the first floor of Old Gala House, an 18th Century building in landscaped grounds near the town centre, which also contains museum rooms with permanent and temporary displays and meeting rooms.


Christopher Boyd Gallery at Old Gala House.
Christopher Boyd Gallery at Old Gala House.
Old Gala House Exterior.


  • All submissions must be made through Zealous HERE by the stated deadline. 
  • Submissions are open to all SSA Members including Professional Members, Artist Members, Student Members and Graduate Members.  If you are not a member you can join here by the stated deadline. 
  • All work submitted must be no larger than 80 x 80cm
  • Work submitted may be in most media including but not limited to painting, drawing, original prints, sculpture, photography, artist books, textiles and augmented reality (AR)*. We cannot accept sound or moving image submissions, or works which require access to electricity. *Please refer to further application guidelines below for AR submissions.
  • All submitted work must be for sale (where applicable). A commission of 35% + VAT will be deducted from all sales. Please take this into consideration when setting your artwork price.
  • Unless part of a diptych/triptych, each artwork must have their own submission. Multiple works submitted in one submission will not be considered.
  • *AR submission guidelines: Submissions should include images of proposed AR artwork such as sketches, wireframes, storyboards, or mockups, as well as a proposal explaining the artistic vision, concept and how this will be realised within the theme of THREADS, including narratives and/or interactions involved. Also include evidence of previous AR work if available. Please note the AR presentation cannot rely on access to electricity. 
  • Please ensure all artwork details are correct as these will be used for labels. 



Selected artists are invited to deliver their works directly to Old Gala House. Further details on access times will be shared upon pre-selection. Artists must arrange the collection of unsold works at the end of the exhibition directly from Old Gala House. Further details and collection times will be communicated nearer the time. 

Delivery: Monday 8 July – Saturday 12 July 2024
Collection of unsold work: From 1 October, 2024
Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels TD1 3JS View Map


Online Submissions open: Tuesday 12 March, 12 noon
Online Submissions close: Monday 20 May, 12 noon
Selection notification:  Friday 14 June 2024
Artwork Delivery: See above

Exhibition Dates:
20 July – 30 September 2024
Private View: Saturday 20 July 2 -4pm


Artist, Student, Graduate & Professional Members
Maximum no. of submissions: 2



Image: Denise Zygadlo, Repose ll – Cloth and body, Live photocopy on canvas, 63 x 71cm.