The Scottish Arts Club has been the social hub for the Arts in Scotland since its founding in 1872.
Our professional members include painters and sculptors, movie-makers and musicians, planners, playwrights and poets, novelists and journalists, architects and designers, dancers and diplomats. Lay members range from academics, accountants and administrators, to dentists and doctors, lawyers and librarians, and scientists and students, all with an interest in the Arts.
The Scottish Arts Club was founded by a group of artists in 1872 and moved to Rutland Square in 1895.
The Club has made few changes to the building. In 1895, in place of the three bedrooms that were on the top floor, one very large L-shaped room was created for two billiards tables. The ceiling was raised, and two large roof lights were put in. (These windows were blacked out during WWII.) The billiards tables have now been removed, and a large Studio created, providing wonderful light that was ideal for drawing and painting, as well as a Members' reading room. Naturally, the Studio is where the Club holds life and portrait painting, along with talks, film screenings, and concerts. The space is also used for music and play rehearsals and meetings.
Our annual programme of exhibitions, open to the public, showcases the best of Scottish and International artists.
Our three gallery spaces, from the intimate Geddes Gallery to the imposing Club Room Gallery, provide a range of environments to suit the artist.
Recent artists to exhibit in the Club Room Gallery include:
Exhibition 1 March 2017 - 1 April 2017
An exhibition by "What is the Point?" with works from over 30 artists, with Leona Roberts displaying "Small Sculptures" in the Craft Cabinet.
Exhibition 2 February 2017 - 26 February 2017
An exhibition by Catriona Mann RSW, the RSW 2014 Award Winner, with Christina Suter displaying hand weaving in the Craft Cabinet.
Exhibition 11 January 2017 - 1 February 2017
An exhibition of the Club's collection of art works.
Exhibition 7 November 2016 - 7 January 2017
An exhibition of Members' work. Five textile artists are exhibiting in the craft cabinet.
Exhibition 5 October - 5 November 2016
An exhibition entitled "Outside Inside" by Diana Hope, the 2015 RSA Award Winner. Club favourite, Lucie Macaulay, is exhibiting in the craft cabinet.
Exhibition 7 September - 1 October 2016
An exhibition of portraits by members is exhibiting in the Club Room, while Alex Lopez exhibits Sculpture in the Craft Cabinets.
Exhibition 3 August - 3 September 2016
Jennifer McRae RSA is exhibiting in the Club Room, Ian Stuart Campbell will exhibit his Pen & Ink Drawings in the Dining Room, Fiona Maher has exhibits in the Geddes Garden while Natalie Adams (VAS Award winner) exhibits Jewelery in the Craft Cabinets.
Exhibition 6 July - 2 August 2016
Exhibition by Members of the Scottish Arts Club, Craft (Ceramics) by Gavin Burnett.
Creation, Education and Entertainment
We also hold regular, practical art gatherings for Members, including a Life Class and a Writers' group.
An oasis of calm, minutes from Princess Street, miles from stress.
We have a number of attractive spaces to suit your needs.
The entrance to the Scottish Arts Club is on the ground floor of a Georgian town house and leads to the Club's six public rooms, located on three floors.
There is a stair lift between ground and first floor and from the first to the second floor.
While the Club has no accommodation, preferential rates are available from a selection of nearby hotels. See list.
The Scottish Arts Club supports a number of awards aimed at recognising artistic talent and bringing it to the attention of a wider audience.
The Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award is supported by:
The Scottish Arts Club Bright Spark Award (for an emerging Scottish talent) was Julia Carstairs, Director of "Playback", a Stag Hart Production at Paradise in Augustines.
Full details of all the award winners, and the runners up, are available on the SAC Theatre Award microsite.
For Visual Arts
Exhibitions Winners are entitled to two years' free membership of the Club and an exhibition during the period, usually in the second year of their free membership. If the Club is unable to offer them an exhibition slot, their free membership can be extended for another year and the exhibition staged in that year. The RSA Award winners are chosen by the RSA without Club involvement. The RSW, SSA, VAS awards are chosen by representatives of the Scottish Arts Club, including the Art Convenor and other SAC members invited by the Arts Convenor. They are assisted on the day by a representative of the SSA/RSW/VAS.
Thank you everyone who entered the 2016 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. Read the stories written by our six finalists share your ideas on Facebook and Twitter @artsclubwriters about who you think should win the prize!
The 2017 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition will open for entries on 1 October 2016 with the winner and runners up again selected by Alexander McCall Smith. In addition to the £800 main prize, which is open to writers worldwide, we are introducing the Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing with a £500 prize for unpublished writers.
The Scottish Arts Club also regularly offers two-day workshops for writers that are open to the public. The facilitators are always award-winning authors who have many years’ experience mentoring writers, including work with the Arvon Foundation. Look at our Writer’s Workshop page to find out about current and coming opportunities.
Alexander McCall Smith presents the 2014 award to our first winner, Sandra Ireland
Scottish Arts Club
24 Rutland Square
+44 (0)131 229 8157
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 11pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 2pm