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

January Opening for 136th Annual Exhibition

Artist Jim Dunbar, who was elected President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in October last year,  presented the awards at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 136th Annual Exhibition which recently opened at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh. The exhibition is open until 28 January 2017 and …read more

First Visit to Stirling by RSW

The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour is visiting Stirling for the first time with an open exhibition at the Stirling Smith Gallery from 8 Oct to 20 Nov 2016. The exhibition, which was open to all watercolour artists in Scotland, features paintings by RSW Members alongside works by talented artists from across the …read more

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