Timeline


Early 2019: Rising Horizon

David's 5th solo exhibition with The Scottish Gallery will take place in February 2019. Selected works from the series can be seen here. This exhibition sees David take to new working materials – chiefly recycled plastic waste and metal – to discuss the topic of sea-rise.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

January 30th — February 23rd 2019


Summer 2019: As Coastline is to Ocean

A collaborative exhibition between David Cass, Joseph Calleja, and the late Robert Callender. Details will be announced in early 2019. More can be read in the following blog post.

July 2019


Tay Projects

Three of David’s works are included in this group exhibition at Tatha Gallery. The show celebrates the creativity Tay Country inspires, with a nod to the newly opened V&A directly opposite the gallery. Though created from imagination, David’s inclusions represent the open sea that rests only a handful of miles east.

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

September 29th – November 3rd 2018

 

Sea-Fever

Curated by The Auction Collective, Sea-Fever was an exhibition & auction inspired by John Masefield's 1902 poem of the same name. The Auction Collective scoured the UK to create a group of sea-themed art pieces from a wide-variety of artists. A set of David's works – old & new – were included.

Hoxton Arches, London.

September 2018

 

Royal Scottish Academy • Open 2018

David's installation Porthole Projections was featured in the RSA Summer Show. The piece received the RSA Benno Schotz Prize as 'the most promising work by a Scottish artist under 35'.

RSA, The Mound, Edinburgh.

June 23rd – July 25th 2018

 

Henley Festival

A set of David's watercolour seascapes were on show during the festival.

July 2018

 

Watercolour Fundraiser • Charity:Water

Bidding is now closed on this online display of watercolours. The aim of the auction was to raise funds for Charity:Water, to help secure clean & safe drinking water for people in need in developing countries.

Now that all bids have been confirmed, we can proudly state that this auction will secure clean and safe drinking water for 60 people in need, for their entire lives. We donated over $1800 to Charity:Water thanks to bids placed during the month.

The auction page will remain online in basic form.

June 1st – 30th 2018

 

Courting the Muse

A set of five artists offered insight into the relationship they have with their muse(s). David presented a series of seascapes in a variety of media.

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

March 31st – May 12th 2018

 

Italian Cultural Institute • Royal Scottish Academy Scholars Exhibition

Work by John Kinross alumni David Cass, James Dixon, Giovanni Giacoia, Jessica Harrison, Jonny Lyons, Geoff Uglow, Michael Visocchi and more. Special guests included Carlo Francini (UNESCO), Tomasso Sacchi (Florence Commissioner of Culture), the Italian Consul General & Director of Edinburgh World Heritage. David's book 'Perimetri Perduti' was presented alongside a selection of Florence inspired works.

Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh.

March – April 2018

 

Auction at Lyon & Turnbull

A fundraising event for Edinburgh arts organisation Hidden Door.

Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh.

March 2018

 

More Alchemy

Tatha Gallery's Winter exhibition: a group show.

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

November 2017 – January 2018

 

Airs, Reels & Ballads • A Celebration of British Art

Curated by St Jude's and The Scottish Gallery, this show featured the work of 19 painters, printmakers and makers. Two of Cass's works from the show are still available for purchase: contact The Scottish Gallery directly.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

November 2017

 

Colour & Vision

A Royal Watercolour Society member exhibition.

Bankside Gallery, London.

October 2017

 

Foreign Familiar • A Curatorial Project

An exhibition curated by David Cass, in collaboration with The Scottish Gallery and McClure Art, of Italian themed artworks – in The Balmoral's exhibition space in central Edinburgh. David's Venice oils and Lucca drawings were on show alongside Italian works from fellow Scottish artists who (have) made Italy their subject-matter, including works by Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe, David McClure & Joan Eardley. Visit the dedicated webpage here.

The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh.

April – Sept 2017

 

Connections

Tatha Gallery featured a selection of David's land/sea works, including two new large-scale oils.

Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

April – June 2017

 

Soho Pop-Up

A pop-up exhibition curated by Alex Hammersley, which included twelve of David's found-object based artworks in a variety of sizes. Two of his largest seascape paintings were on show.

57 - 59 Beak Street, London.

June 2017

 

175

Invited artists presented artworks to celebrate 175 years of The Scottish Gallery.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

May – June 2017

 

Painting Demonstration

David gave a live demonstration at Tatha Gallery, showing the construction process and using props from the studio. Please get in touch if you'd like to hold such an event.

Tatha Gallery, Fife.

May 2017

 

Water Paper Paint

A selection of David's watercolours, including selected Florence in flood works were included. David gave a live painting demonstration for the show's sponsors — Winsor and Newton — during the exhibition.

The Royal Watercolour Society, London.

April 2017

 

Painting Demonstration • Winsor & Newton

David gave a live painting demonstration for Winsor & Newton at Bankside Gallery, London. Read more here.

March 2017

 

Pelàda

Solo Exhibition.

**** The Scotsman


To open The Scottish Gallery's anniversary celebrations, David was selected to exhibit as an ambassador of the gallery's contemporary tier. This was David's fourth solo exhibition with this gallery. His subject-matter for this project was Venice, and the issues presented to the city today in the face of rising sea-levels and mass tourism.

"Artists have been drawn to Venice’s ethereal beauty since time immemorial, including many notable Scots. Cadell was there in 1910, and Lesley Hunter in the twenties, as was James McBey. After the War Earl Haig made it his second home; Elizabeth Blackadder and John Houston made many trips there over the years, and today Victoria Crowe has a studio; these and many more have sought Venice out as a place of study and contemplation. Cass has not let the weight of his artistic forebears dictate his direction, however. His gaze, ever particular, has taken him away from the grand vistas and light filled canals to the backstreets, to the crumbling walls and doors at the heart of ‘everyday’ Venice. These fragments of beauty are observations of the mundane, they paint a picture of time passing, and of the multi-layered past that is Venice’s history, the aesthetic quality of each painting, a subject worthy in itself. We are delighted to open our 175th anniversary celebrations with Pelàda" [Tommy Zyw]

Images of the paintings can be seen here | Read more here.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

January 2017

 

Perimetri Perduti • Part II

Solo Event.

The Fruitmarket Gallery hosted this project presentation in Edinburgh. David Cass spoke at the event, as well as Edinburgh's Lord Provost, and George Donald RSA - highlighting the bond between Edinburgh & Florence - official twinned cities. The event presented David's book Perimetri Perduti, alongside a series of paintings, archival material, and a film by the artist each exploring the histrory of Florence's 1966 flood.

The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

January 2017

 

Perimetri Perduti • Part I

Solo Exhibition.

An exhibition of paintings & a book launch in Florence. Early November 2016 marked the 50th year since Florence's 1966 flood. David Cass assembled & designed a book which illustrates and describes the events surrounding the catastrophic inundation, drawing parallels with contemporary environmental extremes. The launch event featured eye witness accounts from those that lived through the flood, and was followed by the Italian premiere of Roger Graef's controversial film 'Why Save Florence'. Read more on the dedicated page.

The British Institute of Florence, Palazzo Lanfredini, Florence.

November 2016

 

EAF

Tatha Gallery exhibited a small selection of David's paintings to this year's Edinburgh Art Fair.

Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.

November 2016

 

London: a Sense of Place

London has been the home of the Royal Watercolour Society since its foundation in 1804. Originally exhibiting in Pall Mall, then moving to Conduit Street in Mayfair (1938) before finally relocating to Bankside (1980), the Society has engaged with London for over 200 years. RWS member artists have been inspired by its people, history, architecture, diversity and the many opportunities for artistic exploration and expression. London: A Sense Of Place was a chance for the RWS to exhibit the works they have made in response to this extraordinary city. Read about David Cass's inclusions here.

Bankside Gallery, The Royal Watercolour Society, London.

Oct 7th - Nov 5th 2016

 

RSA Open

Annual curated open exhibition.

The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh.

July 16th - August 30th 2016

 

Off the Wall

Annual curated exhibition of small artworks from members and associate members of the Royal Watercolour Society. 

The Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London.

July 29th - September 11th 2016

 

Till it's Gone

Istanbul Modern welcomed 2016 with an exhibition praising nature and focusing on environmental awareness. The exhibition reflected artists’ relationships with nature and presented interpretations of the concept of sustainability. Featuring artists from various periods and geographies, Till it's Gone explored artistic positions and approaches to ecological issues and to the world we live in. The exhibition opened on January 13th 2016. A special preliminary program started on December 23rd, featuring Yoko Ono’s large-scale installation 'Ex It', described as “life as a continuation” by the artist. Also on view was an art program on environmental themes conceived by ikonoTV through a worldwide open call on the occasion of the Paris Climate Conference (COP21). Cass presented a filmed work - El Bosque Encarnado - created in an arid-zone in southern Spain, with artist Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar. The film - set in the aftermath of a forest fire - has been part of several key exhibitions around the world concerned with environmental change. The film may be viewed by contacting the artist, though is not available for public showing at this time.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey.

December 2015 - June 2016

 

Surface

Solo Exhibition.

A comprehensive look at David's found-object based water paintings created between 2010 & 2016.

Gayfield Creative, Edinburgh.

April - May 2016

 

El Bosque Encarnado

El bosque encarnado screening at ECOScurated by artist Inés García.

Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.

April 2016

 

Rome Media Art Festival

Multimedia arts festival spread across Rome, in partnership with Google.

Festival base: MAXXI Museum, Rome.

April 13th - 17th 2016

 

Made in Colour

David's first exhibition with the prestigious Royal Watercolour Society since being elected an associate member to this historic society in March 2016.

Bankside Gallery, London.

March 23rd - April 23rd 2016

 

RWS Contemporary Competition

Annual Competition, where David was awarded Winsor & Newton's top award.

Bankside Gallery, London.

March 4th - 16th 2016

 

Drawing on Drawing

A major exhibition of drawings which took place at ECA. The exhibition brought together works by current students in all years from across the School of Art, alongside drawings from staff and invited ex students for whom drawing is a central part of their practice. It encompassed drawing as both the point of departure and drawing as destination - from the initial manifestation of an idea through to the finalized realization of a response.

Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.

February 22nd - March 4th 2016

 

Splendid

An exhibition of paintings and prints from some of The Scottish Gallery's most celebrated artists.

The Scottish Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

November 28th - December 23rd 2015

 

Art Speaks Out • ArtCop21 Paris

IkonoTV (Berlin) in collaboration with ArtCop21 (Paris) aired El Bosque Encarnado. The film tackles issues directly related to the talks in the city, adding to a bank of climate concerned artworks.

December 2015 in Paris, Berlin & Istanbul

 

Curious Artefacts

Artwall: Athens.

Curated by Becky Campbell.

26 Sofokleous Str, Athens, Greece.

September 16th - October 14th 2015

 

Summer Exhibition

Mixed Exhibition featuring six of David's painted works.

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

June 27nd - August 22nd 2015

 

Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud

Solo Exhibition.

Third solo exhibition in The Scottish Gallery. Artworks (on paper) describing recent travels, as well as scenes of historic 'Great Floods' - chiefly, inundation in Florence and Paris.

July 2015

 

Quest'Arno! Quest'Arno!

Two Man Show.

Collaborative exhibition on the subject of the Florence 1966 flood, with artist Stephen Kavanagh.

SACI Gallery, Palazzo dei Cartelloni, Florence.

March 9th - April 10th 2015

 

Small Paintings, Ceramics & Sculpture

Bohun Gallery • Henley-On-Thames.

November 29th - January 25th 2015

 

Joya: arte + ecología • Artist in Residence

Residency part two. Creating artworks in an arid-zone.

Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, Andalucía, Spain.

October 2014

 

Affordable Art Fair • London

Bo Lee Gallery took a selection of David's small-scale artworks to this year's AAF.

October 2014

 

Can Serrat • Residency & Exhibition

El Bruc, near Barcelona, Spain.

September 2014

 

Joya: arte + ecología • Artist in Residence

Residency part one. Creating artworks in an arid-zone.

Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, Andalucía, Spain.

August 2014

 

Courts Garden Gallery

Group exhibition within a National Trust property.

Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.

July 2014

 

Royal Academy Summer Show

The Royal Academy annual exhibition.

June 9th - August 17th 2014

 

Scottish Art Today

This major show brought together some of the best known and most influential Scottish artists working today and those who shaped the direction of Scottish art during the second half of the 20th Century. The roll call included, among others: Elizabeth Blackadder, David Cass, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Donald MacIntyre, Barbara Rae, Jennifer McRae and Donald Hamilton Fraser.

Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

June 14 - September 2014

 

Obsession

Curated group show curated by Charlotte Meddings, featured on BBC Radio 4.

Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London.

June 23rd - 30th 2014

 

Hidden Door • Fundraising Auction

This fundraising auction was a great success, its aim was to help keep Edinburgh arts organization Hidden Door alive.

Leith School of Art, Edinburgh.

May 31st 2014

 

Lecture & Workshops for art students at Isle of Man College

As well as giving a lecture about his work and working processes to the public, and arts students (in Douglas Market Hall) David also worked with students in their studios and gave a prepared workshop over the college week.

April 2014

 

Hidden Door • Edinburgh Arts Festival

Edinburgh's Market Street Vaults: see David's work here.

March 28th - April 5th 2014

 

RWS Contemporary Competition

David received first place at this Royal Watercolour Society exhibition, before becoming an associate of the society.

Bankside Gallery, London.

March 2014

 

Royal Scottish Academy Open

Annual open exhibition.

The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh.

Nov 23rd - Jan 26th 2014

 

National Open Art Competition • Chichester

David was selected for exhibition and tour by this prestigious award body.

The Minerva Theatre.

Nov 14th - 30th 2013

 

Scottish Art

Mixed show of established and emerging Scottish artists curated by McClure Art.

Melrose, Scottish Borders.

November 2013

 

National Open Art Competition • London

David was selected for exhibition and tour by this prestigious award body.

The Royal College of Art, London.

Oct 25th - Nov 7th 2013

 

Paper Planes

Mixed group exhibition of works on paper, including artists: Callum Innes, Andrew Mackenzie, David Cass, Bronwen Sleigh, Graeme Todd, Pat Law and Mary Morrison.

The Cloudhouse, Stow, Scottish Borders.

August 17th - September 22nd 2013

 

Years of Dust & Dry

Solo Exhibition.

First full-scale show utilising the entire gallery upstairs space featuring 200+ found-object based artworks. More here.

June 14th: talk and demonstration in the gallery.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

June 2013

 

Travelling Light

Curated exhibition of artists who work with boxes.

An Talla Solais, Ullapool.

April - May 2013

 
 

Awards, Invites & More


2018

Illustration commission for Mark Haddon’s novel The Porpoise (Penguin Vintage / Chatto & Windus) • Available May 2019

Awarded the Royal Scottish Academy Benno Schotz Prize

Perimetri Perduti acquired for the collection of the RSA

2017

Selected to participate in Snehta Residency in Athens

Watercolours acquired for the collection of Winsor & Newton

Selected to exhibit in a Google sponsored environmantal event in MAXXI Museum Rome

Featured in ArtUK

2016

Awarded Winsor & Newton first prize for watercolour innovation

Selected to be part of the RWS Contemporary Competition

Selected to be part of Till it's Gone in Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

2015

Selected to be part of Art Speaks Out | Part of ArtCop21 Paris

TV mini-doc made & aired by ITV

Selected to participate in Hafnarborg Museum residency in Iceland

Paintings acquired by Collection Simon Paul

2014

Selected: Royal Academy Summer Show

Awarded Arts Trust Funding

Part of the National Open Art Competition

2013

Pre-selected for the Threadneedle Prize

2012

Shortlisted & selected for tour: Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The Telfer Gallery Award

The South of Scotland Visual Artist Award

Selected to be part of the BBC's Your Paintings online collection

The Royal Watercolour Society Award | First Place

2011

The RSMA Young Artist Award | First Place

Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition Funding

Awarded Arts Trust Funding

Finalist in the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards

Six artworks selected to be part of the Royal Scottish Academy Permanent Collection

2010

The Art Space to Let Artist of the Year Award

The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence

2009

Awarded the Alexander Flynn Bequest

Shortlisted for Yale scholarship

 

Pre 2013


December 2012: Visions of Edinburgh | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

October 2012: Dry Sea | An online silent auction (with MCSUK)

November 2012: The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition | The Lightbox, Surrey

November 2012: Choice | Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh

October 2012: The Royal Society of Marine Artists | The Mall Galleries, London

September 2012: Selected to be part of The Saatchi Gallery's 100 Curators 100 Days

July 2012: The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition | The Mall Galleries, London

July 2012: Selected to be part of The Saatchi Gallery's 100 Curators 100 Days

June 2012: Drawing from the Landscape | The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

June 2012: The RGI at Crinan | The Crinan Gallery, Argyll

May 2012: The Listener | Collective exhibition of RSA John Kinross scholars | The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow

April 2012: Contemporary Perspectives | Inaugural exhibition in the Threadneedle Space | The Mall Galleries, London

March 2012: Sell-out talk in the RSA as part of the ArtBite programme, Edinburgh

February 2012: Visual Arts Scotland | The Mound, Edinburgh

December 2011: Winter Exhibition | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

November 2011: The Scottish Gallery at The Caledonian Club, London

November 2011: Right Place, Time Left | Collaborative concept exhibition with Charlotte Nieuwenhuys | VDK, Brussels

November 2011: Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh

November 2011: Toronto Art Fair

October 2011: Sesto Fiorentino exhibited in Mansion House, London

October 2011: Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition | Mall Galleries, London

September 2011: Unearthed | First solo exhibition | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

September 2011: Solar Pavilion | Edinburgh Arts Festival | Film collaboration with Joseph Calleja | St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh

August 2011: Finalist in the RSA William Littlejohn Award (for Excellence and Innovation in Watercolour)

August 2011: Shortlisted for the RSA Morton Award (for Lens Based Media)

May 2011: Selected works exhibited in the Bank of Scotland Head Office, Edinburgh

April 2011: When The Moon Hits Your Eye | Group show funded by The RSA & Arts Trust Scotland | Shoreditch Town Hall, London

March 2011: Salon | Curated by Line Magazine | Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh

January 2011: A | The Demarco Archive at Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh

December 2010: Past, Present, Future | The Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh

December 2010: Paesaggi | Galleria Civico 69, Florence

August 2010: Floored | Edinburgh Art Festival | Arts Complex, Edinburgh

July 2010: On The Line | The Window On Talent | George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

July 2010: Graduated with First Class Honours in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art

June 2010: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2010

January 2010: Hidden Door | Roxy Arts House, Edinburgh

November 2009: Royal Scottish Academy 183rd Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh