Supporting the arts in Scotland

Entries are now open for the 2018 £1000 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition  L earn more 
Entries are open for the Isobel Lodge Award for unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland Learn more​
The 2017 Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition is open from 7 November to 2 December   Learn more     
The Scottish Portrait Awards 2018 competition opens for entries from 5 January to 31 May 2018

Enter the 2018 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards

The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust

The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust was set up in 2014 to advance all forms of the creative arts in Scotland, to improve the accessibility of the creative arts to the general public and to encourage and assist in the development of up-and-coming artists, exhibitors and performers. The Trust aims to expand opportunities for audiences across Scotland to see, use, and experience the arts in ways that can inspire, enhance knowledge, and even improve the quality of life.

With this in mind, the Trust supports a range of awards and prizes as well as exhibitions and concerts. We are developing partnerships and aim to raise funds that can provide financial support and opportunities for artists, writers, musicians, photographers and others working in the arts as well as for publications, talks, and events.

The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust was founded by Members of the Scottish Arts Club . Whilst the Trust and Club are separate entities, The Scottish Arts Club has been the host to many of our events and the two work closely together to support The Trust’s charitable aims.

The medium term strategy of the Trust includes:
  • The development of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition
  • The establishment of a Scottish  Portrait Awards
  • Promoting the art of portraiture in Scotland through a series of sponsored workshops and exhibitions
  • Promoting the work of young writers, composers and musicians.

Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust is independent and relies totally on donations in order to continue its work. All Trustees and supporters give their time and experience on a voluntary, unpaid basis. All donations are gratefully received however small. Read more About us

Scottish Portrait Awards

In 2017, the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust introduced the Scottish  Portrait Awards in Fine Art and Photography. The competition aims to identify the finest examples of portraiture in Scotland in any 2D or 3D medium and in black and white photography. Finalists for the first Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition have been announced.  Go to Portrait AwardsLeft:  Works by two of the sixty finalists selected for the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition . Left: Financial times by Cherylene Dyer  Right: Mary from Glasgow Gorbals by Robert Andrew Mercer ​​

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards

​​The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is now in its fourth year with celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith as chairman of the judging panel. Those familiar with McCall Smith’s work will know that the historic Scottish Arts Club has often featured in his popular 44 Scotland Street novels.  The competition is open to all writers worldwide aged over 16 years, published and unpublished. The first prize of £800 with at least two commendations of £100 each. Go to Short Story Awards

Contemporary Scottish Music

The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust aims to create opportunities for the music of contemporary Scottish composers to be heard more widey, and to open up performance space for young musicians. Read more Contemporary Music