Watercolour exhibition in return visit to Meffan

A view of the RSW exhibition in The Meffan.
A view of the RSW exhibition in The Meffan.

Art lovers have been making their way to The Meffan in Forfar for the third annual summer exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Staged in two galleries, the exhibition features over 180 works of art which will be on display in the West High Street Gallery until Saturday, June 7.

With few major societies’ exhibitions open to all artists this is an exciting mix of members’ and non-members’ works.

Colourful, bright and refreshing, it is a unique opportunity to see so many works in the specialised medium of watercolour.

The Meffan is delighted to once again welcome the RSW after its inaugural visit in 2009.

The RSW is an artist-led, Scottish charity that exists to promote the art of watercolour painting in Scotland and beyond.

It currently has 123 members who are permitted to add the ‘RSW’ title after their names.

Its active and very supportive Royal Patron is HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who recently kindly invited all members of the society to a reception in Holyrood House, Edinburgh.

In addition to holding annual exhibitions, which are usually in Edinburgh, the society arranges supplementary but important shows both in an open format and member-only.

The RSW has recently had a presence in London, Newport in Wales, Mallorca, Australia and nearer to home in Forfar, Dundee, and has been part of the Perth Festival of the Arts.

Jim Boon, galleries curator at Angus Council, said: “The Meffan is delighted to welcome the RSW back to Forfar for its third annual summer exhibition.

“The successful partnership between the RSW and The Meffan began in 2009 when the gallery hosted the annual RSW exhibition usually held in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

“So successful was the partnership that a return visit was inevitable. The current exhibition is a sizeable show by any standards with nearly 200 works on two floors.

“The exhibition is, as always, a mixture of work by elected members of the RSW and successful open submissions. The wide variety of subjects and styles means there’s usually something for everyone and makes it a very popular draw.

“Once again The Meffan welcomes a nationally significant exhibition to Forfar.

“Our partnership with the RSW continues to flourish and demonstrates the esteem in which The Meffan is held.”

The RSW exhibition will be followed by ‘Ghost Croft Archive: a walk to work’ by Charmain Pollock.

Her exhibition will run from june 21 to July 19.