Society of Scottish Artists

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The Society of Scottish Artists is a Scottish artist-run organization which seeks to promote and encourage experimentation and the "adventurous spirit" in Scottish art.


It was founded in 1891 [1] and its main space for annual exhibitions has been the Royal Scottish Academy Building on Princes Street in Edinburgh. The first President was Robert Noble. [2]

The Society's exhibition policy has long been outward-looking. In 1931 it provided a first UK exhibition for works by Edvard Munch, who became a member of the Society.

In recent years the Society has organized exchange visits and exhibitions with artists in Japan and the United States. [3]

The Society is one of the constituent organizations of ESSA. [4]

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  1. "A Brief History". Society of Scottish Artists. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. "Robert Noble RA RSA (1857–1917)".
  3. "Scottish Spirit". Arthur Ross Gallery. 1998. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  4. "ESSA - Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.