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.) In 1997, one of the billiards tables was removed, and a large Studio created, providing wonderful light that was ideal for drawing and painting. Naturally, this 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 3 February - 27 February 2016
Exhibition of Prints by Michael Kirkman, Kittie Jones and Laura Gressani, Craft (Ceramic Jewellery) by Beth Lamont, with Colin Sutherland exhibiting in the Geddes Gallery.
Exhibition 7 January - 31 January 2016
Exhibition of work by Vasile Toch, Craft (Wood Sculpture) by Ian McPhail, with Members of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, exhibiting in the Geddes Gallery.
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.
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.
The Scottish Arts Club has an annual short story competition that is open to all writers worldwide aged over 16 years. We are delighted that celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith has again agreed to be the chairman of the judging panel. Those familiar with McCall Smith’s work will know that the historic Scottish Arts Club has often featured in his popular 44 Scotland Street novels.
The 2016 competition is now open to all writers worldwide aged over 16 years, published and unpublished. Stories entered for the competition should be 1,500 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland. Competition entries must not have been previously broadcast on radio, read aloud as part of a commercial performance or published in any format, including on a web site that is open to the public.
Keep up to date with the progress of the competition, read previous winners or find out how to enter on the Short Story page.
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.
Ruth Howell (left), whose short story, "The Tale of Penelope Cupcake", won the 2015 SAC Short Story Award with Sara McBean, the SAC Short Story Award 2015 organiser.Photo: George McBean
Scottish Arts Club
24 Rutland Square
+44 (0)131 229 8157
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 11pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 2pm