Scottish Art Events and Opportunities: July 2019

Come outside, it’s nearly July! No bad weather, only bad clothes, and loads of great art to see through July which brings the Edinburgh Art Festival and new exhibitions across Scotland

Article by Adam Benmakhlouf | 26 Jun 2019
  • VDA Sonic Seance The Gathering. 2019

Exhibitions and Events

CCA presents a new exhibition from multi-disciplinary collective V/DA following their performance earlier in the year, Sonic Seance. Titled Some things want to run, this month-long show is "a vent; a push; a rage of reason. A call for empowerment from the ancestors…" and brings together a range of artistic practices from the V/DA members and collaborators, as well as a host of workshops and events.

Throughout the month, David Dale Gallery and Studios in Glasgow presents an exhibition by artist and writer Morgan Quaintance, interviewed in last month’s issue, in which he tracks interrelated personal, cultural, political and theoretical histories for possibilities of progressive thought and action in the present. Hysteresis runs until 27 July; there are also three club nights presented by guest artists, on 13, 20 and 27 July.

July also brings Transmission’s members’ show in Glasgow from 4 July. Every year, the gallery is opened up to the artworks of the membership, which is open to all. It’s always a jam-packed salon hang, and this year also brings a weekend of collaborative projects to coincide with the Merchant City Festival during 25-27 July.

In House for an Art Lover, artists Rachel Adams and Tessa Lynch have their first opportunity to work together after ten years of being around each other’s work. For this, they look to domestic mess as a grounds for experimental collaboration, and look to expose the "hidden networks of artistic support and friendship that keeps Glasgow’s artistic community thriving." Titled Stoop-Stoop-Stooping is Stoopid, it runs from 13 July to 15 September in the Studio Pavilion.

Edinburgh Art Festival will take over many of the galleries and art spaces of the city through the end of July and August. Their commissions programme is themed around uncertain geopolitical shifts, and brings together a range of established artists to create site-specific works in public, including New York based Alfredo Jaar’s publicly sited neon sign I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On outside the National Museum of Scotland. See our Showcase spot this month for more info on the emerging artist strand, Platform, in the Fire Station at the ECA.


Calling all experimental sonic visual artists, as Cryptic are welcoming proposals from emerging, Scottish-based artists to develop existing visual sonic work for their 2020/21 Cryptic Night Programme. Deadline: 8 July

For readers who enjoy eccentrically illustrious surroundings, Mount Stuart are offering socially engaged artists who graduated in the previous five years the opportunity to take residence in their mansion and grounds for a period of four-to-eight weeks. Deadline: 12 July

An opportunity to extensively engage in interdisciplinary practice is open for applications. Swansea University is advertising a year-long artist opportunity for an artist to create new work inspired by research at the university, providing a stipend of £10,000 for the year-long residency. Deadline: 30 July

Megalo is an Australian-based print prize with prizes of up to $12,000 AUD for artists working using traditional print processes (even if partly digital). Deadline: 31 July

This is an advance warning for the open exhibition for the Royal Scottish Academy, back for its 193rd edition. Submissions via their website, and there is a fee of £15 per work or £10 for students.