1891 - ?

The Society of Scottish Artists was founded in 1891 when a group of 30 artists met in Edinburgh to discuss the forming of a new Society, separate from the Royal Scottish Academy and '… formed with a view to holding an Annual Exhibition in Edinburgh, to give an inducement to the younger artists to produce more important and original works by providing hanging space for such works. The opportunity has also been taken to obtain for the Society’s Exhibition examples of all Schools of Modern Art from distinguished living Artists…'. It held its first exhibition in 1892 at the Royal Scottish Academy Gallery, Edinburgh, then known as the Royal Institution and its first President was Robert Noble (1857-1917). They are the largest artist-led organisation in Scotland. The Society of Scottish Artists – The First 100 Years (1991).