Exhibition makes welcome return

The highly prestigious annual exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) will be making a return visit to The Meffan in Forfar next year.

The relationship between the RSW and the Meffan began in 2009 when the gallery showcased its annual open exhibition, normally held in The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and the society also held its exhibition in the town last year.

With few major societies’ exhibitions open to all artists, next May’s event will present an exciting mix of members’ and non-members’ works.

Jim Boon, galleries curator, said: “We are delighted that the RSW has decided to return to Forfar. Our relationship with them goes from strength to strength and it is an indication of the esteem in which the gallery is held that they trust us with an exhibition of such national importance.

“The exhibition is open for anyone to submit work, so I expect Angus to be well represented in the final selection.”

The RSW was founded in 1876, with the support of the Royal Scottish Academy, by artists to promote, through exhibition, the medium of watercolour and encourage the bold, free and colourful qualities of Scottish painting.

The society received permission from Queen Victoria to use the prefix ‘Royal’ in 1886 and throughout its history many renowned artists have been members including Sam Bough, David McClure, William McTaggart, Adam Bruce Thomson, Claire Harrigan and George Paul Chalmers.

Its current Royal Patron is His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. Details on how to submit work will be announced later this year and updates will be posted on the RSW website and The Meffan’s Facebook page.