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

Summer Watercolour Showcase Returns to Forfar

Our 5th Annual Summer Exhibition has returned for a third visit to the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery in Forfar.  The exhibition, which was open to all watercolour artists in Scotland, features over 180 new works by some of Scotland’s leading artists alongside talented young artists from across the country.  A wide variety of subjects and …read more

Royal Support for Scottish Watercolour Painting Continues

HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay has extended his patronage of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) until April 2020. The RSW was founded in 1878 by a group of artists who wanted to encourage and promote watercolour painting in Scotland.  Queen Victoria granted Royal status in 1888 and continued these …read more

Summer Showcase of Watercolours Returns to Ayr

Our 4th Open Annual Summer Exhibition, featuring leading and emerging Scottish artists,  returns for a second visit to The Maclaurin Art Gallery in Ayr this summer. RSW President, John Inglis said “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to return to Ayrshire, a part of Scotland which has influenced and inspired many artists.  We hope visitors to …read more