30th November 2013 - 26 January 2014

Art-works by architect-artists from France, Poland, Italy and Scotland organised by the Scottish Society of Architect Artists.

The Scottish Society of Architect Artists was founded in 1987 by architects interested in the visual arts besides architecture – drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, print-making and experimental art.  Its Patron is HRH the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

Membership of the Society is open to architects and students, and to persons involved in architectural practice in Scotland, past and present.  A recent rule change allows ex-patriots to become members of the Society.

It was affiliated to the London based Society of Architect Artists, which was founded in 1964, but the SAA is currently dormant.  It is also an Associated Society of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (although entirely independent of the RIAS), and the Society counterparts in France (Ligne et Couleur – Paris) and Germany (Line et Couleur – Stuttgart).  Reciprocal exchanges of works for exhibitions have been made with them and also with nascent Societies in Italy (Venice), Spain (Barcelona) and Poland (SARP Group – Warsaw).

The SSAA is committed to holding an annual exhibition of members’ works, which alternates between Glasgow and Edinburgh, which usually takes place in the Spring or Summer.  Additional exhibitions are sometimes arranged at other times, in the Autumn or before Christmas.  For the main annual exhibition, a guest artist is invited to exhibit a number of his or her works and to take part in the selection of members’ works.  Following the exhibition preview and reception, a dinner is usually held, providing an opportunity for members to meet and socialise; representatives from the sister societies are also invited and this courtesy is reciprocated at their exhibitions.

Aims

  1. To encourage architects to develop their skills in painting, sculpture and related arts and crafts.
  2. To provide opportunities for architects to exhibit and sell their work.