Artists Call for Submissions: Scottish Identity (Post Brexit)


Scottish Identity

Peter J Scott, No Man’s Land, 2015, (Poppy series), mixed media drawing over print collageMarch 31 – April 20, 2017

23 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ

“Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland,” Sir Walter Scott asked in the 18th Century. Yet, what does it mean to be Scottish in 2017? Does one have to be born in Scotland to feel Scottish? In a particularly tense period following Brexit, the possibility of another independence referendum, and aftershocks from the United States election, Scottish Identity asks artists to examine their own views of Scotland and her people. We welcome artists of any background to explore their own associations in the aim of presenting a body of work that exposes the nuanced dimensions of this unique country. Works may directly engage with social issues, but they can also address themes such as the natural landscape, historic traditions, personal experience, notions of ancestry, patriotism and politics.

Significantly, of the 25% of Scotland’s residents who were born elsewhere, minority groups are far more likely to claim Scottish identity in Scotland than those who claim an English identity in England. What is it about Scotland that makes her residents so passionate about land and country? Gallery 23 seeks to contribute to the dialogue of what Scotland looks like on the brink of such exceptional national and global change.

We welcome submissions in ANY artistic medium, as well as multiple prints or copies of photographs. Works are not limited to solely visual; we are open to text based works as well.

All works will be for sale at the artist’s discretion.

The exhibition opening will be held at the gallery’s West End location on Friday, March 31st, from 6:30-9:30.

For more information about Gallery 23 please visit:


Submission Guidelines:

Please send either a preliminary sketch or an image of a completed work to both:

Dr. Julie V. Hansen, Gallery Director:


Samantha Ozer, Chief Intern:

Submission Deadline: March 9, 2017

Feel free to submit existing work that you feel is congruous with the intentions of this project

For more information about visit:

DROP OFF: Monday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 28, or by special appointment) Please ensure all work is signed, has all info on reverse and is display ready. If framed, we prefer white frames, but will accept others.


Please Include The Following in Your Submission:

  • Up to 10 images of your artwork with titles
  • Title format: FULLNAME_TITLE_SIZE_MEDIUM_DATE_PRICE/RANGE (for multiples, please specify the edition: ie.“digital print, edition of 10”)
  • A brief artist bio/statement up to 200 words with any pertinent information related to works submitted for label or catalogue copy
  • Contact information including phone number/email / *website / *blog / *instagram (*if applicable)

FEES : Entry Fees £5

COMMISSION: Gallery 23 will accept a 30% commission of any sales of consigned artwork during the exhibition period

PICK UP: Unsold works will be available Friday, April 21 for pick up.

Gallery 23
ESU Scotland
23 Atholl Crescent
Edinburgh EH3 8HQ

Mobile: +44 (0)7749 045483



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