CutLog invited artists based anywhere in the world to submit moving-image works for their second collaborative partnership with the Society of Scottish Artists. Submitted work  relates to the theme for this year’s partnership, Essential Travel.


Selected works will be shown on monitors sited within an installation of luggage in the galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh as part of the SSA’s 123rd Annual Exhibition from 1 – 23 November, 2021.


The words ‘Essential Travel’ have dominated our restricted movement during the pandemic, and we are using them as a starting point for works that explore the territories around this theme – such as, but not confined to, containment and/or restricted spaces, movement, nomadism, visiting the past, imagining the future, borders, migration, inhabiting space and journeys both physical and metaphorical.


CutLog are a group of artists who have come together to create new opportunities for showing artists’ moving-image works. They are delighted to be preparing for their second collaborative partnership with the SSA.



Private View: Sunday 31 October 2021

Exhibition open to public: 1 November – 23 November 2021



The Society of Scottish Artists is an artist-led membership organisation founded in 1851. It is a vibrant network of over 1000 artist members and is governed by an elected president and council. The SSA today continues in the spirit of its founders, to show the controversial and the unexpected and to promote new artists of promise through its Annual Exhibition in Edinburgh and satellite exhibitions, events and artists residencies across the world. Exhibitions and events are supported entirely by artists with no public funding.


The Society of Scottish Artists has long aimed to represent adventurous work from Scotland and further afield with exhibitions including the work of the Post Impressionists, Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse and Van Gogh in 1913. In 1922 the Society presented work by Picasso, Daumier, Degas and Forain. In 1931, the Society showed, for the first time in the UK, twelve canvases by the then highly controversial Edvard Munch who went on to become a member of the Society.


Central to the 2015 Annual Exhibition was the work of SSA member Graham Fagen, in concurrence with his Scotland + Venice Biennale show and in 2016, Bettina Hutschenk, who represented Malta at the Venice Biennale 2017.


The SSA has an ongoing desire to reach out to new audiences by giving prominence to digital culture and new technology. An ongoing partnership with New Media Scotland supports the creation and development of new artwork, exploring interactive practice and challenging the idea of what new media creativity can be.