Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show 2019 – Art for a Great Cause

Updated: 15 September 2019

Applications are closed now

Updated: 20 July 2019

The 2019 show will be held from 7 to 10 November at the Apex Hotel, Waterloo Place, EH1 3BG.

Invitations sent out to artists

We have refined our invitation process for the Art Show. Artists who sell at the previous year’s show are invited back to exhibit the following year, and are guaranteed at least one artwork will be exhibited. We may on occasion invite back an artist whose exceptional circumstances stopped them from accepting an invitation the previous year. We also invite a selection of additional artists chosen by our curation team.

All other artists are strongly encouraged to submit work to our selection panel via the Open Call on this page.

Open Call for Applications to the Show

We invite you to submit up to three works for consideration. Our curatorial team will meet and select the work to be exhibited after the application deadline.

We ask that artwork submitted:

  • ​i​s by an artist based in Scotland
  • is in any 2D medium (prints, drawings, paintings, mixed media etc.)
  • ​follows the size guidelines below
  • d​emonstrates quality, talent and originality
  • ​i​s appealing to a wide range of potential buyers – former and new
  • ​i​s priced realistically for our market, for example, work under £1,000 sells best
  • ​i​s professionally framed and presented
  • ​h​as not been exhibited in galleries in Edinburgh 6 months prior to the Show
  • ​w​as not exhibited in a previous Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show​​

Due to space constraints we are unable to accept work that exceeds 100cm x 100cm, and may have to prioritise work that is smaller than this.

​Each artist is asked to make a minimum donation of 50% of the sale price if the work sells. Some artists choose to donate up to 100% of the value, which we greatly appreciate, and which all goes to support people living with cancer. All proceeds from the exhibition go to sustain the work of Macmillan Cancer Support, so we would take the opportunity to ask you to please consider whether you can donate more than 50%.

Application Form

You can apply to the 2019 Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show by completing an application form here [Link disabled September 15, 2019 5pm]. If you are successful, our website will be automatically populated from the application form, so please do check for errors before submitting.

In addition to the application form, you are asked you to email clearly-named images of your submission to – please change the filename of each of these images to be ‘SURNAME, First name, Title of Work’. Each participating artist will have their artwork featured on our website.

We will be inviting all successful applicants to also sell up to 3 pieces of unframed work – originals or prints. If you could indicate on the form whether you would intend to also sell unframed work, that will help us to plan.

Deadline for applications

5pm on Sunday 15th September 2019. We will be unable to consider any submissions received after this date due to the number of exhibiting artists and to ensure smooth administration.