Behind the scenes at the RGI’s 151st Open Annual Show

Deluge sums up the ‘receiving days’ in terms of rain and the hundreds of artists who braved the weather to submit their works at The Mitchell for the RGI’s 151st Annual Show which runs from 16 September until 6 October 2012.

Submissions, way in excess of 1000, included works from established artists, rising stars and new graduates, from Orkney to the south of England. Recent GSA graduate, Yaun Zhang, travelled up from London to submit her work ‘The Full Moon Rise and the Dumpling Sky’.

The selection panel of well known artists under the convenorship of Hazel Nagl, had the exacting task of choosing around 350 pieces which will be showcased at this year’s exhibition. Selected artists also have the opportunity of winning one or more of the 21 awards, as generous as they are prestigious.



The artists are following in famous footsteps as during its 151 year history, the annual show has exhibited works by The Glasgow Boys, while Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed the 1895 show invitation.

The annual show is a relaxed and informal way of both enjoying and buying art for the first time.



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