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Visual Arts projects archive

The Scottish Arts Council is proud to support many exciting Visual Arts projects and activities throughout Scotland. Find out more about the events, activities, people and organisations supported by The Scottish Arts Council in the Visual Arts sector by clicking on the links in the following list.
To view current visual arts projects - go to our visual arts projects section.  

Project Slogan

Project Slogan, in Aberdeen, is funded by Scottish Arts Council through Artist Groups and Collectives.

Venice Biennale 2009 - Festival information

The 2009 Venice Biennale Users Guide....read more

Bill Viola, Catherine's Room, 2001, Color video polyptych on five LCD flat panels mounted on wall, Photo: Kira Perov

Bill Viola: Artists Rooms in Orkney

The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness is to present an exhibition of work by the acclaimed American artist Bill Viola this summer....read more

Kate WHiteford RSA,  from her exhibition ‘Kate Whiteford – New Film Work from the Hebrides’ at the RSA in January 2009. Photo copyright Chris Park

Royal Scottish Academy Residencies Project

Residencies for Scotland programme in association with the Scottish Arts Council has been confirmed for 2009...read more

Creative Clusters

17 - 21 November 2008 in locations throughout Glasgow centred. For full details…read more

Frieze Art Fair 2007 - Entrance, Linda Nylind, Courtesy of Frieze Art Fair

The Frieze Art Fair and Zoo Art Fair, London
16 - 18 October 2008

An introduction to the Frieze and Zoo Art Fairs.

a weight of colour, Crane, bronze lemon, stool, David Bellingham, 2008

David Bellingham: Monument
13 September–4 October 2008

At The Changing Rooms in Stirling.

New Art Club Demonstrate the Hokey Kokey

The Golden Record; Sounds of the Earth
1 August – 13 September 2008

The Collective Gallery's Edinburgh Art Festival exhibition

I am still here and so are you. Liz Adamson, 2008

Polarcap returns to the Edinburgh Art Festival
24 July - 31 August 2008

Eskimo at Polarcap at the Gallery at Eskmills

Joshua Sofaer, Festival Scavengers 2008, Photograph: Peter Dibdin

Edinburgh Art Festival
31 July - 31 August 2008

Over 50 exhibitions spanning public and private galleries, long-established spaces, new galleries and recently formed groups...

Peter. Clara Ursitti, 2008

The Art of Communication
curated by Christine Borland
8 July - 1 August 2008.

An exhibition of 10 works by 10 artists exploring the role of communication in art and medicine.

Nicky Bird & Jan McTaggart: Foxbar, Paisley, Back of Annan Drive, 1977/ Back of Springvale Drive, 2007

Nicky Bird at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place: Saturday 10 May - Sunday 20 July 2008.

Mayo Thompson, Chris Strong, 2008

'Three Blows' at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh
5-6 July 2008

A weekend of all-sound acoustic performance by contemporary visual artists and musicians

'Nought to Sixty' at the ICA, May - November 2008

Sixty projects by emerging artists based in Britain and Ireland.


Stephanie Smith and Edward Stewart's solo exhibition for Inverleith House Nov 07 - Feb 08.

Crossover, Wood, paint, concrete & Stela, Concrete, paint, Camilla Low 2007

Camilla Low at DCA

Newly commissioned work created specifically for the DCA galleries,
shown together with recent sculpture made over the last three years.

Wilhelm Sasnal - "1977"

Gi - 11 - 27 April 2008

The city of Glasgow’s curated and commissioning Festival of Contemporary Visual Art.

from 'untitled', 2007, Rob Kennedy and Pete Dowling

Rob Kennedy

Completing three video works born out of collaborations with three composers.

L-R Tony Swain, Charles Avery, Lucy Skaer, Louise Hopkins, Henry Coombes, Rosalind Nashashibi

Scotland and Venice 2007

The homecoming exhibition of Scotland and Venice 2007 at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Still from 'Madame I', 2007, digital film, Beverley Hood

Beverley Hood

Using mobile technology to highlight the technology-dependent nature of modern existence.

John Hegley Performance, 2007

Comic Book Project at the Collective Gallery

A celebration of contemporary comic book art, August 2007.

Production still from The Clay Wall, by Kimberley O'Neill, 2007

Duncan Marquiss - The Clay Wall

At the Changing Room in Stirling, 22 September – 27 October 2007.

Look, my dress is blue like the ocean, Agnes Negregard, 2007

Moving Image at The Dick Institute

Moving Image showed at the Dick Institute in June 2007.

The Big Draw logo

The Big Draw

Feature on the October 2007 Big Draw and associated events across Scotand.

Gallowday Rose, 2007: John Shankie

John Shankie

Recently undertook a nine-month Scottish Arts Council New York Residency.

Training Ground, 2006, Aernout Mik

Aernot Mik

Read about his recent exhibition, held at the Fruitmarket Gallery in May 2007.

'STOP! STOP! STOP!', Basel, 2006, Installation View, Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Kate Davis has recently featured in Tate Britain's exciting 'Art Now' programme.

Opportunities for Girls, Karla Black, Photo: Oliver Bartenschlager

Karla Black

Karla Black's sculptures are part of an ongoing learning, or search for understanding.

Black River, 2005, Oil on board, Carol Rhodes

Carol Rhodes

Carol Rhodes' landscapes provoke notions of estrangement with a unique aerial perspective. 

spring_alpha:diggers exhibition;Courtesy Peter Dibdin

Simon Yuill

spring_alpha:diggers is a new exhibition at the Hannah Maclure Centre in Dundee.

Murmur; Photo: New Media Scotland


Innovative global project comes to Edinburgh through New Media Scotland.

 Town Hall Xmas Party;Photo:Mark Neville

Port Glasgow at the Dick Institute

Mark Neville's photographic exhibition detailing the lives of the inhabitants of Port Glasgow

These Decibles II;Bronze Sculpture:Stuart Gurden

Awl Love, Stuart Gurden

Contemporary art exhibition blends ancient stone circles with magic mushroom tea.

Napoleon Crossing the Great Saint Bernard Pass;Oil on board;William Daniels

Travelling Gallery

jaGGy-edge. Touring exhibition showcasing innovative art.

Katie;Ballpoint pen on paper:Erica Eyres

Erica Eyres

Read about her exhibition at CCA in Glasgow.

Photo;Gillian Simison;East Ayrshire Council

Ettie Spencer

Current exhibition at The Dick Institute. 

Talbot Rice Gallery entrance; Courtesy Talbot Rice

Edinburgh Art Festival

Internationally renowned annual art festival returns.

The Sun Burst;Jephson Robb;Photo:Pittenweem Arts Festival

Pittenweem Arts Festival

The 24th annual festival in Pittenweem

Untitled by Janice McNab; Courtesy: doggerfisher

Art Fairs 2005

Scottish artists showing at arts fairs at home and abroad.  

Artist Group Photo

Scotland returns to Venice Biennale 2005

The world's largest and most prestigious International showcase for contemporary visual arts.

Gary Rough's 'The History of Thirteen', Photo:Gary Rough

Glasgow International

Glasgow's Festival of Contemporary Visual Art 2006.

Volumes Song's of Praise:Photo;Volume

Next Wave Festival 2006

Featuring the best works of Australia's most talented young artists. 

Artists French Mottershead and Richard Dedomenia;Photo:Manning Photography

National Review of Live Art

Works of art by emerging and established Scottish and International artists.

Day One, Carrick Gazette, by Elizabeth Dunlop; Courtesy: Art About

Art About - OPA

Artist-led organisation encouraging public participation in art. 

Oompie 1 by Mandy McIntosh; Photo: Mandy McIntosh

Ham and Enos

Creative projects in variable media. 

Juliana Capes' Detail of 'Love Letters'; Photo: J Capes

Limousine Bull

Artist-led organisation based in Aberdeen. 

Ruth Beale's Aurora @ Cell 77 logo


Artist-led initiative providing a platform for artists in Edinburgh and beyond.

Cover of issue 1 of Map magazine; Photo: Map Magazine

Map magazine

Featuring the new international art magazine.

Stars by Simon Starling; Photo: The Modern Institute

Turner Prize 2005 shortlist

Featuring Jim Lambie, Simon Starling, Darren Almond, Gillian Carnegie.

Becks Futures preview at the CCA; Photo: Alan Dimmick

Becks Futures 2005

One of the most prominent British prizes for contemporary art.

Wind Turbine; Photo: Dalziel + Scullion

Deveron Arts

Contemporary arts project based in north east of Scotland.

Susannah Silver; Photo: Invisible Fields, Video Art Scotland

Glasgow International Festival

Glasgow's Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts 2005.

Big Art Wee Hands; Photo: North Edinburgh Arts Centre

Engage Scotland - Visual Arts Education Awards 2005

For projects promoting health and well-being.

Kids open exhibition; Photo: An Tuireann

Kids Open Exhibition

An Tuireann presents an exhibition of work by the under-fives.


Observatory; Photo:Taigh Chearsabhagh

Taigh Chearsbhagh

Shortlisted for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year.


Untitled; Thomas Reid: courtesy Taigh Chearsabhagh

Young Scots Competition

Photography competition and exhibition. 

Ashley Milligan image. Photo: Usula Bevan. Courtesy: Project Ability

Young Talent 2005

Multimedia exhibition showcasing work produced by children and young people with disabilities. 

Hut (Good Hiding), 2001 wood and latex. Henry Krokatsis


Featuring contemporary fine art and crafts. 

Children at Big Draw

The Big Draw at the Talbot Rice Gallery

Featuring Leonard McComb exhibition and drawing masterclass.

Predictable incidents in unfamiliar surroundings; Douglas Gordon; Courtesy Fruitmarket gallery

Somewhere Everywhere Nowhere

An exhibition of the finest international contemporary art.

Vulture, Bronx Zoo. Courtesy: Mandy McIntosh

New York residency 2004

Featuring Mandy McIntosh.  

Somewhere Special, Zoe Walker. Photo: Neil Bromwich

TGOZ - Travelling Gallery Autumn 2004 exhibition

Exhibition at Scotland's mobile art gallery.

The Pumpkin Palace interior. Courtesy: Collective Gallery

Mike Nelson - The Pumpkin Palace

A work created using a 1954 GMC transit bus. 

DJ in action. Courtesy: Crawford Arts Centre

Crawford Arts Centre - Pressing Forward exhibition

Exhibition curated by students.


Còmhla - North Uist International Artists Workshop

A meeting of international and local artists.

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Konfuzion - a big summer art rammy

Peacock Visual Arts invites artists to work with local youth groups. 

 Dussehra 2003

Dussehra 2003

Popular Hindu event

Jim Lambie's 'Paradise Gorge' - Hot Cuisine 2003; Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones 

Venice Biennale 2003

The world's largest and most prestigious international showcase for contemporary visual arts. 

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