Scotland Art Events and Opportunities: June 2019

Degree Show season continues, new exhibitions in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, plus a round-up of residencies, exhibition opportunities and prizes

Feature by Adam Benmakhlouf | 28 May 2019
  • Shannon Patterson, ECA Degree Show

Degree Shows

Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art are head to head again this year, both running from 1-9 June. After seeing two cohorts’ worth of artwork, there’s a week of recovery and eye resting before Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen unveils their offerings from the final year students there. Gray’s degree show runs from 15-22 June.


Also celebrating their year of art making, the primary 5s of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Schools Programme present three terms’ worth of performance, print, painting, ceramics and sculpture, made with the help of some of the most exciting contemporary artists based in Scotland. Titled Emotes, the exhibition is a takeover of the exhibition spaces of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and runs from 11-18 June (closed Sunday), and has a public opening event on 11 June, 4-6pm.

During June, there’s a host of grassroots organised art events as part of Annuale 2019. For the full programme check for 2019 updates. Last year’s programme included exhibitions, a football tournament and artists and writer-led walks through different locations in Edinburgh. This year’s Annuale runs from 7-23 June.

DCA opens its summer show from Patrick Staff on 22 June, running until 1 September. The work presented is the culmination of several years’ research by the LA-based artist, and comes from readings and reworkings of an 1810 play The Prince of Homburg. Staff begins with the text by Heinrich von Kleist and from there draws out narratives and strategies of the 'exhausting sleepwalking figure as political dissident,' and from here meets present day queer and trans identities including pop talent Macy Rodman, and transfemme writer and archivist Che Gossett.

David Dale Gallery open their exhibition of the work of artist and writer Morgan Quaintance. See an interview with him at and in this month's magazine, when he explains his relationship with avant-garde sound and moving image.

Residencies and Opportunities

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada are accepting applications for a range of residences for artists, writers, musicians and performers. Banff Centre has been going since 1933 and is based in the dramatic landscape of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. As a centre for creative development, Banff has gained international renown for the programmes offered. To apply for the latest round of residencies, visit Deadline: varies for different programs, through June, July and August

For all the painting graduates out there, there’s the ARTPIQER’s Painting Award 2019. They’re offering prizes of up to €5000, as well as a promotional platform and networking opportunities to emerging artists that work with paint and have studied the medium at university level. There’s a €20 submission fee, and the deadline is 30 June.

For artists not (just) working in paint, there’s the Scottish Portrait Award. They are open to submissions in any medium. They say, 'The diversity of fine art works in the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibitions is a key strength that sets it apart from other portrait competitions. The only limitation is on the size of the work.' Submissions can be no smaller than 30cmx30cm, then no larger than 150cmx150cm. The prizes are £5000, £1000 and £500, then a special £500 prize for artists aged 16-25.

Alchemy Film and Arts Exhibitions Programme are currently looking for artists to show moving image work in the Scottish Borders Town of Hawick from September 2019 to March 2020. They offer a £500 fee, as well as a range of different curatorial and technical support. Deadline: 10 June.