Duncan Macmillan (7 March) bemoans the plight of Scottish art in our capital city – where the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) are jammed into a small part of the National Galleries.
In Glasgow we have the glorious, the purpose-built and the empty McLellan Galleries still tantalisingly beyond reach – while the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI) faces its own “existential crisis” for want of an alternative suitable venue for its 152nd annual exhibition, traditionally the largest open exhibition in Scotland.
Given that the arts are currently so vibrantly clamouring for exposure, and that cultural heritage is such a demonstrable focus of our country’s tourist industry, could we perhaps accelerate efforts to address these anomalies… together?
Everyone surely stands to benefit.
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts RGI Kelly Gallery