Summer Celebration of Scottish Watercolour Returns to Forfar

The RSW 7th Open Summer Exhibition is this year returning for the fourth time to the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery in Forfar this. The exhibition, open to all watercolour artists in Scotland, is one of the key dates on the Scottish arts calendar and will show new works by some of Scotland’s leading artists …read more

Time for a Poetic Delicacy

A ‘poetry sandwich’ is the perfect description for what happened earlier this year at our 137th Annual Exhibition when a painting inspired by a poem inspired a new poem. The painting ‘The last tooth of time’ by Anthea Gage RSW (below) was inspired by the poem “My father’s watch” written by the well known American …read more

Recognising Women Award Winners on International Women’s Day

Historically women artists have not received the same recognition as men and on International Women’s Day in 2018 we are delighted that over half of the artists exhibiting in the RSW 137th Open Annual Exhibition are women.    This same parity can be seen in the number of women artists who are RSW Members and in …read more

A Paddle Steamer, Motif & the Namid Desert

This snapshot of three of the award winning paintings captures the diversity of subjects waiting to be experienced at the 137th Open Annual Exhibition. Artist Michael Durning RSW PPAI  PAI who won the Walter Scott Award for ‘River Gods of the Damnonii’ (below) explains “It is a reference to the ancient people that lived on Dumbarton Rock …read more

New Award Celebrates Critic W Gordon Smith

The three Scottish art exhibiting societies – RSW, Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland – have each been given £4,000 award money for a new W Gordon Smith and Mrs Jay Gordonsmith Award. W. Gordon Smith was Scotland on Sunday’s art and theatre critic and columnist for many years during which he contributed …read more

Poetry in Response to Fabriano Inspired Painting

One of the pleasures of visiting an RSW exhibition is experiencing the wide variety of subjects which inspire artists and imagining the story behind each painting. For several years the RSW has partnered with the writers group Words on Canvas to present an evening of new writing inspired by the paintings in the exhibition.  Snow …read more

Talented Young Artists Win Watercolour Awards

2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland and it was exciting to see five talented young watercolour artists winning awards at the 137th Open Annual Exhibition. Twenty two year old artist Alice Campbell (above) won the £3,000 Alexander Graham Munro Travel for the best painting submitted by an artist under 30 years old.  …read more

137th RSW Open Annual Exhibition Celebrating Scottish Watercolours

The 137th RSW Open Annual Exhibition opens 5 February at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh presenting over 180 new works by established and emerging Scottish watercolour artists.  It was open to all artists in Scotland and runs until 8 March 2018. A new work by Janet Melrose RSW features on our catalogue, poster and newsletter,  Over the past …read more

Award Winning Artists at 136th Annual Exhibition

Eighteen awards were presented at the RSW 136th Annual Exhibition opening and here is our first selection of winners. Wei Shu Xin, 22, won the £3000 Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award for the best painting submitted by an artist under 30 years old.  She was born in Hong Kong and is currently a postgraduate student …read more

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