Welcome to The Perthshire Art Association.
We are the oldest established artist membership organization in Perth & Kinross and have enjoyed charitable status since 1968. Our membership currently exceeds 140 honorary, full, lay and student members.
The Association has always promoted an appreciation of art and the staging of art exhibitions has been a key feature of our activities since the outset. One of the benefits of Full membership of the Association is the opportunity to submit work for the Annual exhibition and any other exhibitions organized by the Association from time to time.
The promotion and encouragement of art is continued through the programme of classes, workshops, demonstrations and lectures, which the Association through its elected Management Committee organizes on an annual basis. Through these activities the Association promotes its Objects which are;
1) To foster an interest in the visual arts in the City of Perth and in the District of Perth & Kinross
2) To encourage young people to take an interest in the visual arts.
Since its foundation, through the good offices of the local authority in its successive guises, the Association has held its annual exhibitions in the former Sandeman Library (1913-31) and since 1952 (with the exception of 2000 and 2012) at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull a Young Artist Competition targeted at local secondary schools has been held as part of the Association’s Annual Exhibition since 2007.
The Association has long prided itself as a mixing pot of artists. Whether they be art school trained and pursuing art as their principal career or those for whom the making of art is a more leisurely activity, all are equally welcome.
Many leading citizens of Perth have been involved with the Association over its long history and many well known Scottish artists of the 20th and 21st Century have been involved as invited artists and guest openers of the Annual exhibitions.