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January Opening for 136th Annual Exhibition

Picture Copyright Chris Watt  Tel -  07887 554 193 Invited American artists Bruce Bobick (left) and Mark E Mehaffey AWS-DF NWS (right) in front of their work with RSW President Jim Dunbar

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 features over 120 new paintings by both established and emerging artists from across Scotland with works by new graduates from the 2016 Degree Shows and invited American artists (pictured in front of their work with RSW President Jim Dunbar) Bruce Bobick (left) and Mark E Mehaffey AWS-DF NWS (right).

There is a free programme of events in the exhibition at weekends.  On Sat 21 January RSW artists Gregor Smith & Jim Dunbar will be explaining their methods and answering questions from 11-1pm, and Jim is also there from 2-4pm.  RSW artist Douglas Davies will be discussing his approach and techniques on 11-1pm.

136th RSW Winter Annual Exhibition
Upper Galleries, RSA Building
The Mound, Edinburgh
9 – 28 January 2017
Open daily 10am-5pm
Admission Free
http://www.rsw.org

An Imaginative Response in Words to Paintings

No-one Knew by Alice McMurrough RSW

No-one Knew by Alice McMurrough RSW

Words on Canvas
Thursday 29 January 2015
5.15pm – 6.45pm

Take your imagination on a journey in an evening of poetry and prose inspired by the paintings in the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 134th Annual Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh.

Travel from one gallery to another, meeting a new writer in each room who will read a poem or prose they have written inspired by one of the paintings in the room.  Meet 7 writers in 70 minutes and enjoy viewing the exhibition.  Tickets £5 include a glass of wine.

Book by visiting or calling the Sales Desk in the exhibition on 0131 624 6479.

About the writers who are all part of the group Words on Canvas:

NORMA BROWN               
Inspired by artist Stanley James Bird

I’m blessed to live in a most beautiful part of the Scottish Borders surrounded by a wealth of talented folk.  I came late to writing but have always loved the sound of words.  Quoting Paul Klee, ‘taking a line for a walk’ across a blank sheet of paper is always an adventure.  It is a privilege to be a member of the Words on Canvas group and to enjoy looking at and writing about art.  To quote Klee again, ‘one eye sees, the other feels’.

SUSAN GRANT                  
Inspired by artist Darren Woodhead

From the days of ‘The cat sat on the mat’, poetry had me hooked.  Years in journalism meant the emphasis was on prose, then a career in education was spent transferring skills.  Retirement brought a re-awakening to poetry and Word on Canvas has been such an inspiration for me.  As well as a deeper insight into Art I have learned so much from our writing tutors and enjoy the camaraderie and support of other members of the group.

HENRY MARSH  
Inspired by artists Emma S Davis RSW and James Spence RSW          

Henry Marsh was born in Broughty Ferry and now lives in Midlothian.  He has had five collections of poetry published and has worked with the Australian artist Kim Needle to produce poems for exhibition catalogues.  His themes recently have been taken from Scottish history and has written widely about his beloved islands – particularly the Uists.  He has read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and will be reading at STAnza, the St Andrews poetry festival in March.

LESLEYMAY MILLER
Inspired by  artists John Inglis RSW, Ann Ross RSW and Christopher Wood RSW

LesleyMay Miller started writing when she was studying as a mature student for her degree in ceramics and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art.  Since then she has exhibited widely, creating a sculpture garden in the Borders and putting her words on ceramic panels and leaves.  She makes artists’ books combining her interests in visual art and words and is now working in soundscapes.  She gives readings of her poetry, including for the Poetry Association of Scotland.  A member of Dunbar Writers, she enjoys the Words on canvas Group.  LesleyMay will be exhibiting at Aikwood in Selkirk in September 2015.

MARY JOHNSTON
Inspired by artist John Inglis RSW

Mary Johnston writes poetry in the dialect of the North East of Scotland known as the Doric.  She has been published in several magazines and was the winning poet of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2014. She has produced several pamphlets of her poetry, each accompanied with a C.D. to keep the sound of her grandparents’ dialect alive.

KIRSTEEN SCOTT
Inspired by artist Ann Wegmuller RSW

Kirsteen Scott was born and brought up in Mid-Argyll where story telling and song were an important part of her early life. The land and the language strongly influence her writing.  She describes herself as a ‘lazy’ writer, enjoying the taste of words and snatching at ideas that flirt with her eye or her ear.  She has been published in Cencrastus and New Writing Scotland.

JEAN TAYLOR
Inspired by artist Alice McMurrough RSW

I have been travelling with poetry for seven years now.  Poetry allows me to play with words and poetic forms while I try to make sense of ‘life, the universe and everything.’  Both of these are stimulated by the inspiration that comes from engaging with visual art works.  Although I am a long standing member of Words on Canvas, this is my first chance to collaborate with the RSW and I am looking forward to see where this step on the journey will take me.

Events During the RSW Exhibition

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 134th Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh.  Until 31 January 2015


Book Making and Book Binding Workshop with Marion Archibald
Sunday 25 January 2015
2pm-4.40pm

Whether you want to show your own art in another format or make sketchbooks from scratch, artists’ books offer lots of exciting possibilities.  Individual watercolours can be turned into beautiful book pages or used to create contemporary book covers.  Using shapes, folds and stitches, and combining text with interesting materials you can challenge the idea of what a book is and create works of art that don’t need to be framed and hung on walls.  Details about Marion and her bookbinding workshops at www.theoldprintingworks.co.uk  Free event.  10 spaces available only.  Venue: Gallery II within the exhibition.

Book by visiting or calling the Sales Desk in the exhibition on 0131 624 6479.

0142 72Words on Canvas
Thursday 29 January 2015
5.15pm – 6.45pm

Enjoy an evening of poetry and prose inspired by the paintings in the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 134th Annual Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh.

Travel from one gallery to another, meeting a new writer in each room who will read a poem or prose they have written inspired by one of the paintings in the room.  Meet 8 writers in 70 minutes and enjoy viewing the exhibition.  Tickets £5 include a glass of wine.

Book by visiting or calling the Sales Desk in the exhibition on 0131 624 6479 or send a cheque to RSW, 5 Oswald Street, Glasgow G1 4QR. 

Support our Societies at a Festive Frolic

JOIN US AT THE FESTIVE FROLIC!
a celebration of art, music and good company
on thursday 18 december 2014
at the Royal Scottish Academy
from 5.30 – 7.30
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The Presidents and Councils of VAS, SSA 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 who promise to “bring you music you’ve never heard before that will put a smile on your face, open your third eye and make you dance” and Ian MacFarlane who will bring some festive cheer with jazz renditions of some Christmas classics. You might get lucky in our luxury festive raffle, with great prizes for everyone including a magnum of Bordeaux, cinema vouchers for Cineworld and the Filmhouse, a Charlie Miller Haircut, a meal at Pizza Express, numerous whiskeys, and even an electric toothbrush!
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 7 days a week
•        Book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/festive-frolic-tickets-14271958813
•        Subject to availability you can purchase tickets on the door on the night, but we would recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment

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

Special Fundraising Celebration with Art, Music & Wine

Rites of Spring Event

 

Please join us for this special fund-raising celebration during our annual exhibition on Thursday 21 March from 5.30-7.30pm. With a glass of wine, this is a fantastic opportunity to parade in the RSA Galleries and enjoy works exhibited by the Society of Scottish Artists, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour  and Visual Arts Scotland.

A £50 raffle ticket will buy you a chance to win an original work by a leading Scottish artist – hiding amongst the prizes are works by the likes of John C Brown, Liz Douglas, Alison Dunlop, Joyce Gunn Cairns, Charles MacQueen, Catriona Mann, Janet Melrose, Gordon Mitchell, Nan Mulder, Nicola Murray, Philip Reeves, Elaine Shemilt, Christine Woodside … Or you can join the excitement of the auction of a unique John Bellany drawing.

The galleries will be alive with music too, from Blueflint, bringing you sweet-voiced Americana, to classical guitar and violins, Northumbrian pipes and Project Moonbase who will play a Spring-themed set from futures past and present.

Please buy tickets for yourself and as many friends as possible. 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. Most importantly, it will be fun!  Tickets cost £10 (£8 to Members of SSA, RSW & VAS) and can be bought from the exhibition sales desks: SSA 0131 624 6478 and RSW 0131 624 6479.

RSW Charity No SC007247    SSA Charity No SC009586    VAS Charity No SC006715    ESSA Charity No SC 242637