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Society in shout out for artists

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By Fiona Reid

THE largest artists members’ organisation in Scotland is looking for artists from Dumfries and Galloway to help to expand its activities around the country.

The Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) is currently expanding its outreach programme, planning and hosting events and exhibitions, and wants to appoint new local “satellite associates” to help.

They are looking for assistance from new or existing members based around the country, as its volunteer-run council are not always able to attend exhibitions, openings and events around Scotland. The SSA is particularly looking for artists who already take an active role in their local art community and would be interested in working with the local membership. In return they are offering free membership.

The SSA, which is led by a team of volunteers, was founded in 1891 and currently has more than 1200 members based all over the world.

It runs a strong and varied programme of exhibitions, events and international residencies, and usually holds its annual exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Recent members’ exhibitions have also been held at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.

Further exhibitions are planned for 2021, covid depending.

Jamie McAteer and Olivia Turner, presidents of the SSA, said: “It’s a great time to become a member of the SSA, as we’re planning a full programme of exhibitions and events to take place when galleries are open again. We’re also working hard to support our membership during what we know is a really hard time for artists everywhere. We’re really keen that we expand our work around Scotland, and would like to hear from anyone who feels they can help us to do that.”

For more information, please visit or email before April 30.

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