Visual Arts Scotland

Exhibition Details

Visual Arts Scotland
OPEN SSA + VAS 2019 | 2020 - Jewellery

Jewellery submissions for joint SSA + VAS Annual Exhibition

We are seeking submissions of ambitious and innovative jewellery for our forthcoming annual joint SSA + VAS Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. VAS explores the regions where artforms crossover, especially those between the fine and applied arts, and we are looking for artists who demonstrate conceptual thinking and innovation, as well as outstanding design and craftsmanship in jewellery and silversmithing. We are always interested in artists who are following or developing an ethical and sustainable practise. Entry Deadline: 10 October 2019, midnight (Image: Rebecca Wilson, Alight 2019)

Entry Deadline: 10 October 2019 Midnight

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Key Dates

Open For Entry: 28 August 2019 

Entry Deadline: 10 October 2019

Selection Notification: Week of 4th November 2019

Artwork Delivery: 15 December 2019 - 10am to 4pm.

Private View: 21st December, 2-5pm 

Exhibition Open To Public: 22nd December to 30th January 2020 10-5pm

Collection of unsold work: 31st january 2020 - 10 till 4pm 

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 4
First or Single Entry Price: £15
Additional Entries: £10 per artwork up to 4 artworks.

Concession Price for VAS members
Maximum Artwork Entries: 4
Free Entry
Additional Entries: £2 per artwork up to 4 artworks.

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information
The exhibition will be held in the upper galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh 22nd December to 30th January 2020


Each artist may submit up to four entries. A single entry can comprise of a collection of up to twelve pieces of jewellery or three pieces of silversmithing.

There are two seperate submission systems, one for jewellery and one for other artforms. You may submit up to four entries in total across both sections, eg two jewellery collections and two in another artform, or one and three, etc.

Non members will be charged £15 for their first entry and  £10 for each subsequent entry. For VAS members the first entry is free, and a small admin charge of £2 will be charged on each subsequent entry. Find out more about membership and how to join VAS HERE.

An additional administration fee of £12 will be charged for each successful submission, with a reduced rate of £8 for VAS members.

Image Uploads

You can upload up to six images per entry, please try to include every piece in the collection in these images. You may group multiple pieces into a single image to achieve this. A single flatlay photograph detailing all the works in your collection would also be useful if possible.

Please caption your images with your name, the title of the work and a photographers credit if applicable. Eg, Becca Pollard_Floral Necklace_Martin Smith.

Image files should be JPG and no more than 5MB large. Upload time will depend on your internet connection speed so please be patient. If you are having problems uploading your images please use image editing software to resize your image to approximately 1600 pixels wide and then save as a new file. Image file names should not be too long and should not contain any invalid characters such as ' " & % * ( ) < > / \ ~ # + =


Commission on sales of 40% will be deducted from the price you have provided. Please allow for this when pricing your work.

All selected artists will be required to submit a detailed stock list with titles, prices, dimensions and materials by 20th November 2019. 


The Selection Committee will select the works for the exhibition. The Selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Pre-selection results will be announced online in the week 1st November 2019. Artists should log in to their OESS application to see the results and further instructions.

All pre-selected works will be subject to final selection by the jewellery co-ordinator on delivery to the gallery. If your work is not exhibited you will be notified before the opening of the exhibition and your work will be returned the following week.

If you deliver your work in person you may include branded packaging for sales purposes. If sending your work by post please include business cards so that we can include these with sold works, we will provide point of sale packaging if required.

Jewellery will be displayed in wall mounted cabinets unless otherwise specified by you. Any alternative display equipment must be provided by the artist. Silversmiths must provide a suitable floor standing plinth or secure cabinet to display their work. Please mark any display equipment provided clearly with your name and a contact number.

Insurance will be provided for any single item with an insurance value (sale price -40%) of over £250. Items under this value are exhibited at the risk of the artist and we recommend that you take out your own insurance.

Delivery and Collection

You can deliver your work in person on Sunday 15th December 2019 between 10am and 1pm.

Or you can send it by Royal Mail Special Delivery to arrive by Friday 13th December Please insure your work in transit and provide a tracking number on sending.

The delivery address is:

Visual Arts Scotland

100 Craigleith Hill Avenue



We cannot accept late submissions, works that arrive after this date will not be included in the exhibition.

If you would like your work returned by post please include pre-paid postage with your delivery.

By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:
The decision of the Selectors on all matters Is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
I understand that The Organisers reserves the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.
I authorise The Organisers To process, store, and utilise the data in my submission and agree that, if selected for exhibition, images of my work can be freely used by The Organisers, The Gallery and associated organisations for promotional and publicity purposes.
All information provided by me is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of my own creation.
I have read and understood these terms and conditions and by submitting this application I accept and agree to observe all the Terms And Conditions therein.

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