Perth Festival

17th - 26th May 2018
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Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour - paintings are for sale

Festival Art Exhibition

Sunday 26th May 2013

Perth Museum and Art Gallery, 13:00

This event was part of the 2013 Festival Programme.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

78 George Street,




Monday–Saturday 10.00–17.00

Sunday 13.00–16.30

Free admission

A Sense of Place: RSW (The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour)

18 May-28 July 2013

Perth Museum & Art Gallery has invited members of the RSW to celebrate the inspiring nature of Perth & Kinross as a place to live, work and create art. The exhibition will bring together a selection of new and innovative works exploring the medium of watercolour.  Many different themes relating to the landscapes and character of Perth & Kinross will be on show.  

The display promises to be colourful, challenging and surprising. Many works will be for sale.

The RSW has a pedigree dating from its foundation in 1876. As the Scottish Society of Water-Colour Painters it staged its first public exhibition in 1879 in the rented premises it had acquired in West Nile Street in Glasgow, and its first elected President was Francis Powell RSW, already a Member of the RWS, one of the two earlier English watercolour societies. There were 35 Members and 10 Associate Members (the latter status was discontinued in 1885) and among the Founder Members in Scotland were such illustrious names as Sam Bough, William McTaggart RSW and George Paul Chalmers. The new Society had the blessing of the Royal Scottish Academy and was not regarded as being in conflict with its interests and across the span of the centuries very many of Scotland's most notable artists, including Academicians, have been RSWs. Today the membership of over 120 is replete with the names of painters who have international reputation, in Scotland and in Britain such as Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Richard Demarco and Barbara Rae. Well known local painter Claire Harkess is also a Member.


Friday 24 May at 12 noon-1pm John Inglis, the current President of the RSW will lead a gallery tour. Admission is free, but places are limited and must be booked

Friday 21 June at 12 noon-1pm Jim Dunbar RSW will give a talk in the Perth Museum & Art Gallery lecture hall called Insight to On Site’. Tickets £5 (waged) and £3.50 (unwaged) available from the Museum Reception Desk.

Jim will talk about his experiences of painting his local landscape.  This will include his watercolour methods, equipment and materials used in developing 'on site' and studio works.  This promises to be a fascinating and amusing insight into artists' procedures.




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