Scotland is one of a number of exhibiting societies in Scotland who in better times displayed their work in an annual show at the Royal Scottish Academy building in the capital. How things have changed.
Back then we did not realise what a privilege it was to see and smell paint, to walk around a sculpture, looking at it from all angles, or even, heaven forfend, to touch something and make a real connection. Exhibitions are not only about viewing individual pieces but about work seen in combination and in relation to others. Viewed online, the often surprising and unintended relationship of one work to another — creative happenstance — is lost.
So it is difficult to get a real sense of the 240