Royal Scottish Academy Show Edinburgh, Architects, Artists, 2004 Exhibition, Review

RSA Annual Exhibition Edinburgh, Scotland

Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition : Architecture Information

RSA Annual Exhibition Edinburgh

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2004 Review

Interesting to see Richard Murphy ARSA has won the RSA Medal for Architecture: the blurb reads ‘Medal for outstanding work, preferably a drawing, to encourage youngerarchitects’. An RSA Latimer Award went to younger architect Mr Chapman for Oliver Chapman Architects’ ‘Hidden Garden HQ’, wonderful title, one imagines spymasters nestling within illusive shrubberies.

RSA Annual Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh – mage © Adrian Welch

Joking apart, this year’s field is strong and presentation generally of high standard. For non-architect denizens of Auld Reekie the three Princes Street Shopping Galleries drawings are surely a highlight and it is useful to engage in this way despite the current state of flux, so thanks to EDI for approving this outing. Getting light into the depth of the section is the key but the promenade could live on, circumscribing the vital rooflight to form an arcade a laMayfair’s ‘promenading arcades’ such as the Burlington.

For the architects there are a veritable multiplicity of highlights – the rhythmic facades glowing poignantly in RMJM’s Beijing Convention Centre, the sumptously coloured and cropped Landforms photo, Alan Dunlop’s fantastic drawing(s) cutting through Glasgow, with a bridge in there too.

Allan Murray Architects’ Frankfurt images show a real move away from ordered forms of their Edinburgh Park, Coalhill – and even the recent Stavanger competition – schemes: ‘flowing lines’ is the description and there is something rather eurozeitgeist about these twisted forms. The Newcastle College Performance Academy presentation refreshingly shows a building being made, great!

RSA Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh – mage © Adrian Welch

Terry Farrell‘s twenty-four Warholesque colour plates of Ocean Point 1, Leith, doesn’t make the scheme any easier to digest…viewers will be left wondering (where’s the text?) if it was a study of options or a proposal for variant lighting or kinetic sculpture. Their central two blockbuster images (EICC & The Dean) are oversized for the room, bludgeoning the subtler drawings and white-on-white models, but usefully catch the eye on entering the RSA’s Galleries.

Most useful for many will be the unbuilt schemes as these rarely make it into the trade press: Edward Hollis’ & Frazer Hay’s colourful and subversive Thameside Kiosk (& Ed’s Cowgate Fire Competition entry), Ric Russell’s Finnieston Bridge Competition model, RMJM’s QMUC Relocation Proposal & Vietnam Parliament Competition entry [Mick Duncan], and Bob Steedman’s Landforms extension to name but a few. A country that forgets its unbuilt schemes is a country lost to the joy of differance and the richness of choice: this exhibition celebrates as many schemes that are unbuilt as those that have made it through to the other side. Vive la differance, or, as the RSA motto states, ‘dignity and force’.

Review by Adrian Welch ARIAS RIBA

RSA Exhibition: Letter

Dear Adrian,
How terribly droll for the Royal Scottish Academy to open up it’s press day on April 1st with some huge, well viewed images by Sir Terry Farrell. The cappa mounted photographs take up a whole wall, just for fun and include some sketches that the great man has obviously produced whilst running for a bus.

Now that the day’s over though, the RSA should also let us know what really won the Gold Medal for Architecture. I mean we all like a laugh but you can take a joke too far.
Yours sincerely
Alan Dunlop

RSA Exhibition: Press Release
The Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh
3 Apr – 20 May 2004

Celebrating the Royal Scottish Academy’s return to its home galleries after an absence of three years, the Annual Exhibition is larger than ever and will span the whole of the twelve upper and lower galleries in the newly refurbished building!

The Annual Exhibition is long known for showcasing the best of contemporary Scottish art in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, printmaking and architecture.

Among this year’s submissions are some spectacular invited works by Honorary Members of the RSA, which include paintings by John Bellany and Craigie Aitchison, prints by Alan Davie and sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi. Also invited are outstanding paintings by leading contemporary artists Peter Howson, John Byrne and Steven Campbell. In addition to these, Callum Innes who is a newly elected Associate, will also be exhibiting with the RSA for the first time ever!

This year features prominent national and international artists with impressive prints from Anthony Tapies and an original Marilyn Monroe photograph by Eve Arnold, also Honorary members of the RSA.

There are over £7000 worth of prizes and medals, as well as two-year memberships to the Glasgow Arts Club and Scottish Arts Club together with a solo exhibition at their premises.

It is a great opportunity for visitors to experience and buy the best of today’s contemporary artists all under one roof!

The RSA exhibition has been sponsored by Maclay Murray & Spens, Solicitors, since 1989.

“It’s great news this year’s summer exhibition is returning to its home at the RSA. The newly refurbished building is simply stunning and does justice to the event’s leading international status, which is a source of pride for Edinburgh and the whole of Scotland. The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to enjoy the work of world-renowned figures, next to the very best up-and-coming artists, and has earned its popularity among a very broad cross-section of society. Maclay Murray & Spens is delighted to be associated with the RSA summer exhibition and support the arts in Scotland.”

Magnus Swanson, chief executive officer, Maclay Murray & Spens

The RSA would also like to thank the Alan Cristea Gallery, London; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London; Flowers East Gallery, London; Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Solisquoy Printmakers; Linni Campbell; Rowan James and Constantine for their assistance.

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition Prizes:

· The Royal Scottish Academy (6 awards totalling £2150)
· NS Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award (£3000)
· The Highland Society of London Award (£500)
· William J Macaulay/Scottish Gallery Award (£300)
· Glasgow Arts Club Prize (Free 2 year Membership and solo exhibition)
· Scottish Arts Club Prize (Free 2 year membership and solo exhibition )
· DCA Data Solutions Award (£750)
· Sir Robin Philipson Prize (£200)

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition Opening Times:
Mon to Sat 10 – 5pm Sun 12 – 5pm
RSA Exhibition Admission: £4 – £2 concession £8 – (£4 conc) season ticket

Memorial works by Royal Academician John Richards and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Honorary Academician of the RSA. A member of the St Ives Group of painters, Wilhelmina was one of the foremost abstract artists of her day and continued her vigorous, colourful paintings well into her nineties. John Richards was an architect whose work notably includes the Edinburgh commonwealth pool and the Pathfoot Building of Stirling University.

Steven MacIver is exhibiting this year with his painting ‘Daegu’. He was a winner of the RSA John Kinross Scholarship in 2002 which provides funds for students to live and work in Florence, and was also awarded the John Murray Thomson Award for a promising young painter at the RSA Annual Exhibition in 2003. He is currently in his second year at the Slade School of Art in London.

Jackie Parry is a printmaker and one of Europe’s foremost artist papermakers, also having studied Japanese paper-making extensively. The works in the show are cast paper sculptures formed around hand made shaped sandbags, making them both delicate looking and durable. She is a teacher of printmaking at Glasgow School of Art.

The impressive architecture pieces include some well known Edinburgh based projects such as Allan Murray Architects fascinating ‘Vision for Princes Street’ which redesigns the Gardens to incorporate a three storey underground shopping arcade and the restoration of the Nor Loch! Invited architect Terry Farrell shows the restoration and conversion of the Gallery of Modern Art from the Dean Orphanage (designed in 1833), and also his designs for the Edinburgh Conference Centre on Morrison Street.

For further information re the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, contact RSA Exhibition Coordinator on 0131 225 6671

The RSA John Kinross Scholarship
Royal Scottish Academy: Jun 2004 PR
Thirteen Scottish students win scholarship to live and study in Florence for three months.

The John Kinross Memorial Fund was established in 1982 by Mr JB Kinross CBE, HRSA in memory of his father, John Kinross RSA, a renowned architect who was greatly influenced by Florence. The fund is intended to assist young artists and architects in Scotland, within the disciplines of Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Architecture. The John Kinross Scholarship is open to students from the four main colleges of art and six schools of architecture in Scotland.

RSA Annual Exhibition
For the first time in its history the Royal Scottish Academy’s 176th Annual Exhibition will be held outwith Scotland’s capital. This year’s RSA Exhibition was held in the McLellan Galleries, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, as the RSA Gallery in Edinburgh is currently closed as work on the £26m Playfair project proceeds (will not re-open until early summer 2003).

Student architects at the RSA Students Exhibition (held every March) competed for a new award given by the Property Division of Standard Life Investments: STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS PROPERTY KIRSTY LEES INVESTMENT ARCHITECTURE AWARD, £500 – Mackintosh School of Architecture

RSA Playfair Project

Royal Scottish Academy: 2002 Designs
The RSA Annual Show is also an opportunity for architects to display recent or proposed projects. Richard Murphy’s adventurous intervention in Stirling Tolbooth to create a new arts centre is illustrated here, along with other important architectural projects such as Allan Murray Architects’ sharp designs for a new Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.

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