“Our RGI hangers I know have achieved a balance between maturity and younger talent, yet all is contemporary. There is much to choose from; painting, sculpture, prints and drawings.”
That’s the verdict RGI Convenor Hazel Nagl RSW RGI PAI on The 151st RGI Open Annual Show 2012 which opened its doors to the public on 16 September and runs until 6 October 2012, and offers the public a unique opportunity to view and buy contemporary art at its best.
From the hundreds of artworks submitted by established artists, rising stars and new graduates, a selection panel of well known artists headed up by Hazel, has chosen over 384 pieces for this year’s exhibition.
Along with the prestige of having their painting or sculpture exhibited and possibly purchased by art enthusiasts, 23 specially selected artists have received individual awards, including several expressly aimed at young painters and sculptors, or first time exhibitors.
The most recent award is The Lyon & Turnbull Prize of £1000 which joins the prestigious roll call of prizes awarded annually at the show. The RGI is extremely grateful for the loyalty and generosity of the companies, organizations and individuals who annually sponsor prizes.
This year seven of the awards are going to Glasgow based artists; five to Edinburgh based artists including Ruth Nicol who is originally from Glasgow; several from Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, among them, Michael Durning who is President of Paisley Art Institute.
For some of prizewinners, such as Anne McGroarty from Johnstone and Tom Mabon from the Black Isle in Cromarty, this is the first time that they have submitted to the annual show.
RGI President, Karin Currie says: “For my part I think it’s quite magical seeing the exhibition finally assembled out of the welter of submissions we receive. It’s quite a thought that this intensive process involving so many artists has continued annually throughout the course of a century-and -a -half.
“Imagine, the artworks must have been delivered by horse and carriage for the first few decades. That of course was to the McLellan Galleries and we want to get back there, to our ‘spiritual home’…… we’re working on it anyway.
“But meantime, this year’s innovation is the additional Salon Selection which runs from 18-29 September at the RGI Kelly Gallery in Douglas Street. It was inspired by the grand tradition of the Salon des Refuses in Paris – but in reality it’s more a case of accommodating more of the artwork submitted.
“With a different selection panel from the main exhibition it’s definitely got a different variety of flavours I’m dying to know how it goes down. We’re in the business of promoting artists and their work – we’ve made the choices now the public must decide.”
16 September – 6 October 2012
Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 5pm
Thursday 10.30am – 7pm
Sunday 16 September 12 – 5pm
Sundays 23 and 30 September
North Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7DN