Timeline | 2018


Group show exploring an artists' relationship with their muse(s).

Throughout history artists, poets, writers and composers have become attached to place and space. They have cultivated a relationship with an environment or landscape experience ... the process can be fraught with highs and lows whilst they find the perfect vocabulary to express their insight but this connection between the artist and muse drives the creative process and enhances it. Often with staggeringly moving results.

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

March 31st – May 12th 2018


Hidden Door Art Auction

Edinburgh's prestigious Lyon & Turnbull Auction House will host the 4th annual auction of arts organisation Hidden Door. Two of David's large-scale seascapes are up for sale. More online: hiddendoorblog.org. Bid online here and support a great cause.

Lyon & Turnbull, Broughton Place, Edinburgh.

27th March 2018


RSA in the Italian cultural institute

A Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholars Exhibition

Selected works from the RSA collection will be presented in the Edinburgh Italian Cultural Institute – including work by David Cass, James Dixon, Giovanni Giacoia, Jessica Harrison, Jonny Lyons, Geoff Uglow, Michael Visocchi and more TBA. Special guests include Carlo Francini (UNESCO), Tomasso Sacchi (Florence's Commissioner of Culture), the Italian Consul, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage and RSA Academicians. David's book 'Perimetri Perduti' will also be on show alongside an Arno painting of his from the RSA permanent collection.

Italian Cultural Institute: 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.

Event: March 22nd: 17.30 – 19.00 • Exhibition: March 23 – 9 April 2018

Timeline | 2017


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



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



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

Newport-on-Tay, Fife.

April – June 2017



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



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

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

May – June 2017



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



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



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

March 2017



The Royal Watercolour Society, London.

February 2017



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



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




David's 5th solo exhibition with The Scottish Gallery will take place in 2019. Selected works in progress can be seen by following the What's New link on the homepage.

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

February 2019

Awards, Grants & Invites


Perimetri Perduti acquired for the collection of the collection of the Royal Scottish Academy


Selected to participate in Snehta Residency in Athens

Watercolours acquired by Winsor & Newton

Selected to exhibit in MAXXI Museum Rome during an environment focussed exhibition sponsored by Google


Awarded the Winsor & Newton first prize at the Royal Watercolour Society in London

Selected to be part of the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competition

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


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's residency program in Iceland

Paintings acquired by Collection Simon Paul


Selected: Royal Academy Summer Show

Awarded Arts Trust Funding

Part of the National Open Art Competition


Pre-selected for The Threadneedle Prize


Shortlisted & selected for tour: Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The Telfer Gallery Award

South of Scotland Visual Artist Award

The Royal Watercolour Society Award | First Place


The RSMA Young Artist Award | First Place

Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition Funding

Awarded Arts Trust Funding

Finalist in the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards


The ArtSpace2Let | Artist of the Year Award

The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence


The Alexander Flynn Bequest


Pre 2017


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



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

Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.

November 2016



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



Annual curated open exhibition.

The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh.

July 16th - August 30th 2016



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



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



Solo Exhibition of exclusively found-object based water paintings.

Gayfield Creative, Edinburgh.

April - May 2016



El bosque encarnado screening at ECOScurated by artist Inés García.

Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.

April 2016



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

Festival base: MAXXI Museum, Rome (more about the museum).

April 13th - 17th 2016



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



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

Bankside Gallery, London.

March 4th - 16th 2016



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



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



IkonoTV Berlin in collaboration with ArtCop21 Paris.

Film screening. More about the screening + artspeaksout.ikono.tv.

December 2015 in Paris, Berlin & Istanbul



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




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



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

Pre 2015

December 2014:

Ongoing work with arts organisation Joya: arte + ecología



November 29th - January 25th 2015:

Small Paintings, Ceramics & Sculpture

Bohun Gallery • Henley-On-Thames


October 2014:

Joya: arte + ecología • Artist in Residence / Residency Part II

Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, Andalucía, Spain



October 2014:

Affordable Art Fair (AAF) London 2014 • Jamm Gallery & Bo Lee Gallery

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


Late September 2014:

Can Serrat • Residency & Exhibition

El Bruc, near Barcelona, Spain


Early September 2014:

Joya: arte + ecología • Residency Part I


August 2014 onward:

Courts Garden Gallery chose a selection of David's artworks - for display (and sale) within a National Trust property

Holt, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire


June 9th - August 17th 2014:

Royal Academy Summer Show 2014

The Royal Academy • London


June 14 - September 2014:

Scottish Art Today

Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

"This major show will bring 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 will include, among others: Elizabeth Blackadder; Wilhelmina Barns-Graham; Donald MacIntyre; Barbara Rae; Jennifer McRae and Donald Hamilton Fraser. There will also be a great number of Royal Scottish Academicians working in a variety of media."


June 23rd - 30th 2014:


Embassy Tea Gallery, Union Street, London

Curated by Charlotte Meddings


May 31st 2014:

Hidden Door: Fundraising Auction

Leith School of Art, Edinburgh 6.30pm

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


April 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 two days


March 28th - April 5th 2014:

Hidden Door (Edinburgh Arts Festival)

Edinburgh's Market Street Vaults

Check out: hiddendoorblog.org


March 7th - 19th 2014:

Royal Watercolour Society • Contemporary Competition 2014

Bankside Gallery, London


Nov 23rd - Jan 26th 2014:

Royal Scottish Academy Open

The Royal Scottish Academy • The Mound, Edinburgh


Nov 14th - 30th 2013:

National Open Art Competition (Chichester)

The Minerva Theatre


Nov 22nd & 23rd 2013:

Scottish Art (McClure Art in Melrose)

The Ormiston Institute, Melrose, Scottish Borders

Mixed show of established and emerging Scottish artists


Oct 25th - Nov 7th 2013:

National Open Art Competition

The Royal College of Art, London


August 17th - September 22nd 2013:

Paper Planes

The Cloudhouse, Stow, Scottish Borders

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

Years of Dust & Dry

June 2013

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

Second solo exhibition with the gallery — though first full-scale show utilizing the entire gallery's upstairs rooms — featuring 200+ found-object based artworks.

June 14th: talk and demonstration in the gallery

Pre mid-2013

April 19th - May 19th 2013: Travelling Light
An Talla Solais, Ullapool | Mixed exhibition (of artists' boxes)

Dec 1st - 24th 2012: Visions of Edinburgh
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh | One piece included in mixed show

Dec 2012: Became a member of D.A.C.S
Dec 2012: Selected to be part of the BBC's Your Paintings online collection

Oct 15th - Dec 10th 2012: Dry Sea
An online silent auction (with MCSUK) | Visitors were invited to place bids on seascapes from the collection

Nov 9th - Dec 2nd 2012: The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
The Lightbox, Surrey | Second date

Nov 23rd - 28th 2012: Choice
Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh | McClure Art

Oct 17th - 28th 2012: The Royal Society of Marine Artists
The Mall Galleries, London | Annual show

July 17th - 22nd 2012: The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
The Mall Galleries, London | First date

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

July 2012: Selected for the 25th Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

June 16th - July 22nd 2012: Drawing from the Landscape
The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh | Themed show

June 22nd - July 13th 2012: The RGI at Crinan
The Crinan Gallery, Argyll | Mixed show

June 2012: Scottish Art
The Ormiston Institute, Melrose | McClure Art

May 12th - 18th 2012: The Listener
The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow | Collective exhibition (of RSA John Kinross scholars)

April 24th - 29th 2012: Contemporary Perspectives
The Mall Galleries, London | Inaugural exhibition in the Threadneedle Space

March 2012: Awarded funding by CABN
Creative Scotland, Scottish Borders Council + Dumfries & Galloway Council

March 2nd 2012: Gave a sell-out talk in the RSA, as part of the ArtBite programme

March 2012: Awarded a group show at Glasgow's The Telfer Gallery

February 2012: Received the Royal Watercolour Society Award 2012

February 24th - March 14th 2012: Selected for the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition

February 4th - March 1st 2012: Visual Arts Scotland
The Mound, Edinburgh | Annual exhibition (received a 4-star review from The Scotsman)

December 3rd - 24th 2011: Winter Exhibition | The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh | Mixed show

November 29th - December 9th 2011: The Scottish Gallery at The Caledonian Club, London

November 24th - 28th 2011: Right Place, Time Left
VDK, Brussels | Collaborative concept exhibition with Charlotte Nieuwenhuys

November 12th - December 18th 2011: Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition

November 2011: The Scottish Gallery at Toronto Art Fair

October 2011: Sesto Fiorentino exhibited in Mansion House, London

October 2011: Received the Royal Society of Marine Artists' Young Artist Award

October 11th - 23rd 2011: Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition | Mall Galleries, London

October 2011: Unearthed reviewed (including The Spectator, see Press page)

September 7th - October 1st 2011: Unearthed
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh | First solo exhibition

September 3rd 2011: Solar Pavilion
St Andrew's Square, Edinburgh | Karen Forbe's Solar Pavilion Project for the Edinburgh Arts Festival | Film collaboration with Joseph Calleja

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 26th - 29th 2011: Selected works exhibited in the Bank of Scotland Head Office, Edinburgh

April 28th - May 1st 2011: When The Moon Hits Your Eye
Shoreditch Town Hall, London | Group show, funded by The Royal Scottish Academy & Arts Trust Scotland

April 2011: Awarded funding from Arts Trust Scotland

March 2011: Finalist in the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards 2011

February 25th - March 11th 2011: Salon | Mixed show | Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh | Curated by Line Magazine

January 2011: A | Mixed themed show | The Demarco Archive at Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh
January 2011: Six artworks selected to be part of the Royal Scottish Academy's Permanent Collection

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

December 2010: Paesaggi | Galleria Civico 69, Florence

2011: Lived and created artworks in Brussels

2010 - 2011: Lived and created artworks in Florence

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

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

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

June 2010: Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2010

March 2010: Awarded the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Italy

January2010: Hidden Door | Roxy Arts House | The first ever Hidden Door Festival

November – December 2009: Royal Scottish Academy, 183rd Annual Exhibition