Enjoy our 150th Annual Exhibition 2011 – Introduction from the Souvenir Catalogue

150 years young and setting off into the future. With Art however costs, voluntary help, selling, making ends meet, have never been easy as our History shows, so why should we expect any difference in the present climate. Challenges exist to be conquered.

Set off into the future with us supporting this 150th Annual Exhibition by purchasing our Souvenir Catalogue, a book of raffle tickets hoping to win a prize towards a piece of Art on display, and seriously consider buying lifetime’s pleasure from the array in our Exhibition – or preferably all three. A commemorative 150 years label will be attached indicating the special time and place of your purchase… After all this is a non repeatable landmark. The terms of the OWN ART scheme are 10 monthly payments for works between £100 – £2000 with no interest. It is simply and quickly administered by staff at the front desk.

This Catalogue is full of information on the RGI itself, the Artists, Award Donors, Award Winners, Advertisers , Volunteers, and our royal individual financial supporters. It tells you of our embrace with the latest technology through our website. Call up which leads to the RGI Kelly Gallery with our fully modern links to Artists, our own exhibitions and sales, Own Art, Twitter, Facebook, online sales of prints, works, jewellery with links through wider world of Art Schemes and Galleries.

Our own RGI Kelly Gallery is link to the early 20th Century when we had our bespoke Gallery in Sauchiehall Street. Read the History boards in the corridor outside our Exhibition entrance and enjoy the images of past days. The RGI Kelly is refreshing, bright, and delightful space. It can be booked for small receptions or events at modest cost. Inverarity Wines and food options can be arranged.

PRIZES are the lifeblood of an open exhibition. The Inverarity One to One Award by Inverarity Vaults Limited continues into its 5th year. Part of the prize is provided by the RGI itself – a solo exhibition in the RGI Kelly of works inspired through opportunities the prize presents in France.

New Prizes – from Walter Scott Global Investment Management comes the Walter Scott Purchase Prize of £2000. We are thrilled to welcome them from 1 Charlotte Square Edinburgh – and exciting Crinan Residency with a week at the wonderful Crinan Hotel, with the canal basin, locks, sea so close you can almost touch it, and distant Jura – the David Gilchrist Memorial Award – and increase in the Norma Frame Foundation Award.

To every one of the many Donors of awards thank you. You give the exhibition a wonderful cutting edge and added incentive to reach for high standards. These generous individuals and institutions give their annual prize in many cases for years. The awards builds up renown and prestige, and they become beacons in the curricula vitae of the winners.

We continue our quest for sponsors of the Exhibition which is a massive expense. If you are contemplating sponsorship of an award, or the exhibition as a whole, or part of it such as the catalogue, or the photography or the printing, then please contact myself or the office. NOW is the time to consider sponsorship if ever there was one at this milestone.

Further afield look out for the results of the magnificent 2011 Jolomo Award.

Our most grateful thanks go to Inverarity who have continually helped us throughout the year with wines at all our functions. Wine Tastings have been exceptional evenings and our individual benefactors Lady Stone and Mrs Sue Fraser.

My thanks to our Secretary Lesley Nicholl, Council, and especially Simon Laurie our past Convenor who in the absence of a successor has stepped forward to organise the selectors and hangers and produce once again a wonderful Exhibition. Neil McIntosh and his team of professional handlers, and quality executors of all practical jobs, have created with them and all the artists, whether they have been selected or not, an Exhibition I hope you will discover is a thoroughly enjoyable, varied and interesting visit to The Mitchell.

Be you an admirer or a creator of art why not join the RGI for a modest sum and contribute to the long history it has in supporting contemporary art. Entries and award winners come from all arts. Be part of it from the inside.

Gordon C Macpherson



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