1961-65 Studied at Edinburgh College of Art1965 Postgraduate studies at Edinburgh College of Art
1968 Scottish Arts Council Travel Award
1975-81 Major Scottish Arts Council Award
1977 Guthrie Medal
1979 May Marshall Brown Award - RSW Centenary Exhibition
1983 Royal Scottish Academy -Sir William Gillies Travel Award
1983 Caloustie Gulbenkian Foundation Printmaking Award
1989 Alexander Graham Munro -Royal Scottish Society of Painters & Watercolours
1990 Hunting Group Prize winner
1990 The Scottish Post Office Board Award - Royal Scottish Academy
1990 The Scottish Amicable Award - Royal Scottish Institute
1990 W.J. Burness Award - Royal Scottish Academy
1999 CBE - Commander of the British Empire
1999 Honorary Doctorate of Arts - Napier University, Edinburgh
2003 Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Art
2003 Honorary Doctorate of Literature - Aberdeen University
2008 Honorary Doctorate of Literature - St Andrews University


1986 Member of the Art Panel, Council of National Academic Awards
1986-90 Trustee, Arts Education Trust
1986-90 Member of the Royal Society of Painters and Watercolours
1991 Member, Board of Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy
1992 Judge Paisley Drawing Biennale
1992-94 Member of the Board of Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy
1992-94 Member of the Merchandise Committee
1993 Curator and Hanger Royal Scottish Academy Student Exhibition
1993 Vice President, Royal Society of Painters and Watercolours
1993-94 Curator and hanger, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
1995-05 Member, Royal Fine Art Commission of Scotland
1996 Member, Board of Trustees, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland
1996 Member of the Royal Academy of Arts
1996 Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Arts
1998 Member, Board of the British School, Rome
1998 Lecturer for the British Council in Japan
2005-06 Member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Arts
2008-10 Chairperson, Board of Alumni, Edinburgh College of Art
2014 Patron Art in Health Care
2014 Member Royal Academy of Arts Council


Solo exhibitions began in only Rae's second year as a student, and have been held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London annually since the mid-Eighties, thereafter they include among others, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, The Royal Scottish Academy, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Budleigh Salterton, Henley-on-Thames, St Andrews, Aberdeen, and Cambridge Universities, Bath, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin, Gibraltar, Oslo, Chicago, New York, Washington, Hong Kong, and Mexico City.
PUBLIC COLLECTIONSArts Council of the Isle of ManAberdeen Art GalleryBirmingham City Art GalleryBritish Museum, LondonCity Arts Centre, EdinburghContemporary Arts Society, LondonDerby Museum and Art GalleryDundee Art GalleryEdinburgh City Schools CollectionEdinburgh Festival TheatreFleming Wyfold Art FoundationGlasgow MuseumGracefield Arts Centre, DumfriesHighland Regional CouncilHunterian Art Gallery, University of GlasgowKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museums, GlasgowLeeds City Education DepartmentLillie Art Gallery, MilngavieMcLaurin Art Gallery, AyrMuseum of Art for Woman, Washington DC, USANew College, CambridgePerth Museum and Art GalleryScottish Art CouncilScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, EdinburghUniversities of Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Warwick, Dundee, York, Aberdeen and St AndrewsWhitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS Bank of EnglandBank of ScotlandBaring Asset Management, LondonBritish RailBZW, LondonDaily Record, GlasgowElectra, LondonLazards, LondonLazard Freres, LondonLloyds TSB Group plc, LondonMacRoberts, GlasgowMerchant Bank, BasleRobert Fleming Holdings Ltd, LondonRoss Harper & MurphyRoyal Bank of ScotlandScottish Life Assurance Company, LondonSheraton InnsSIBEC, ScotlandStakis plcStandard LifeTrustees Savings BankW. J. Burness & Co., Edinburgh