Visual Arts Scotland

Exhibition Details

Visual Arts Scotland

VAS invites submissions for our annual Graduate Showcase 2020

Every summer Visual Arts Scotland visit degree shows around Scotland. We look for emerging artists and designers whose work best exemplifies the fresh and dynamic approach to contemporary applied and fine arts which Visual Arts Scotland seeks to support. From the vast range of talent on offer, we select aspiring artists who will form our annual Graduate Showcase. This year, sadly, degree shows across Scotland will not be going ahead due to COVID 19, with some available online only. We feel strongly as a society that this should not mean our upcoming and emerging talent is denied a chance to show as part of our digital annual exhibition. The VAS Graduate Showcase 2020 will go ahead! Image: Brandon Logan, Graduate Showcase finalist 2019

Entry Deadline: 20 June 2020 Midnight

Key Dates

Open For Entry: 7th May 2020
Entry Deadline: 20th June 2020, Midnight
Notification: 5th July 2020

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 6
Free Entry - please check conditions in Entry Details and Information.

Exhibition Entry Information


We invite submissions from current graduating Art & Design students enrolled at any Scottish College, University or Art School. Pease include the Art College and department you are applying from in Artists Statement (applicant details section)


Each student may submit up to six entries for Graduate Showcase consideration. 

If chosen for our Annual Graduate Showcase, you will recieve one free year's associate membership to VAS and be featured as part of the VAS digital Annual Exhibition. Due to Covid 19 the Annual Show will no longer take place in situ at the Royal Scottish Academy.

Image Uploads

You can upload up to six images per entry. Installation proposals or site specific works can include plans, diagrams or installation mock-ups. If possible/appropriate please include an image of your work in context to give an idea of scale.

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

Image files should be JPG and no more than 5MB in size. 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.


The Selection Committee will select the works for the showcase. 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.Selection results will be announced online in the 5th July, 2020.  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 council. If any of your works are not exhibited you will be notified before the opening of the digital exhibition.


No work can be entered which has already been publicly exhibited in Edinburgh where a charge has been made for admission.

No work will be exhibited that has also been shown or will be shown in the SSA, RSW or RSA open exhibitions.

Artists do not need to be Scottish or have a Scottish connection to exhibit. 

There is no size restriction this year.

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