Scottish Art Events and Exhibitions: March 2022

This month sees the return of longstanding milestones on the Scottish art calendar with RSA New Contemporaries and Sonica Festival, with some wild cards thrown in for good measure

Preview by Adam Benmakhlouf | 01 Mar 2022
  • Fiona McGurk

The Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries exhibition showcases their selection of the 2020 graduates until 3 April. Take a look at the feature from our March issue for interviews with some of the exhibitors.

Until 14 May, BLOODSOUND in Transmission showcases dancer-filmmaker Zinzi Minott's immersive work, utilising sound system, prints, film and sound to urge visitors to consider racism as experienced through the span of a Black life. 

The Modern Institute has a new exhibition of work by Savannah-based artist Suzanne Jackson (until 19 Mar) in Osborne Street, while their Aird’s Lane space hosts Henrik Håkansson's high-tech video installation focused on the flight of butterflies. From 4 March, 16 Nicholson Street presents Needs and Freedoms, bringing together artists Moira Salt and Fiona McGurk to pose critical and creative inquiries into the operation and effects of structural racism. 

Getting away from the usual Scottish art haunts, from 19-27 March, artist Stuart Middleton’s site-specific exhibition takes place in the Paisley Liberal Club, which was set up in 1886 for wealthy land owners to network. Middleton’s sculpture, film and drawing work takes on themes of class, gentrification and animal husbandry. 

From 8-19 March, Ediburgh's Stills shows the work of graduates of Stills School: a free alternative photography school set up in 2018 for 16-25 year olds who face barriers to participating in the arts. 

Opening on 21 March, Cooper Gallery in Dundee hosts the prestigious Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, featuring 114 drawings by 99 drawing practitioners – whittled down from the 3300 entries received in response to their open call. Finally, from 26 March Talbot Rice Gallery shows the works of the Talbot Rice Residents, a group of ten artists who have received two years of financial and mentorial support from the gallery.