The 186th RSA Annual Exhibition
The Royal Scottish Academy

Event Type:

Off-site event


The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm. Admission £6/£2 conc.


28 Apr 2012 - 6 Jun 2012
Sat - Wed, 10:00 - 17:00



Steven Holl Studio
New York

The 186th RSA Annual Exhibition

Event info

The 186th RSA Annual Exhibition
The Royal Scottish Academy
28 April - 6 June 2012.  All RSA Galleries

Presenting the country's leading contemporary artists and architects, The 186th RSA Annual Exhibition features a wide variety of painting, sculpture, filmmaking, photography, installation and architecture across all thirteen magnificent upper and lower galleries in the RSA Building on The Mound, Edinburgh. 

The Glasgow School of Art will participate in the curated element of the exhibition titled 'The Artist's Studio' by showcasing preparatory drawings and the architectural model of the school's new building designed by Steven Holl Architects (New York) in partnership with JM Architects (Glasgow) and Arup Engineering.

Considered one of America's most important architects, Steven Holl is recognised for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity, and to utilise the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He specialises in integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance and has extensive experience in designing both educational and cultural buildings.

Inspired by Mackintosh's inventive manipulation of his 1909 Art School building's plan and section to introduce and deploy light in a tremendous variety of inspiring and successful ways, the new design complements its neighbour, but moves forward using a new language of light. With well proportioned studio and workshop spaces at the core of teaching and making art, these spaces are arranged in plan and section with natural side and top light for inspiring work environments, supplemented with 'driven voids of light' that penetrate the building's core and deliver natural light through its depth; providing direct connectivity with the outside world through the changing intensity and colour of the sky. These ventilated voids rising through the building also support its environmental sustainably; which is set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating as well as meeting the School's own ambitious targets for sustainability.