​​Scottish Portrait Awards

Entries open in January 2017 and close 31 May 2017

Supported by the Scottish Arts Club

The Scottish Portrait Awards (SPAs)  will be offered for the first time in 2017. The competition is open to anyone who was born in Scotland, is resident in Scotland or is studying in Scotland.

We invite artists to inspire us with portraits that challenge as well as delight, that creatively explore and express preoccupations and passions, that reveal through portraiture both the diversity and unity of our nation and that will collectively amount to a virtual national portrait of our times.

Through the competition, the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition and our education programmes we also aim to ignite a wider passion for portraiture among all ages and in all walks of life.

The SPA for Fine Art of £5,000 will be presented to the painter or sculptor who has created the most stunning and stimulating 2D or 3D portrait.  A prestigious commission is also likely to be awarded and may be won by any 2D finalist selected for the fine art exhibition.

The Richard Coward SPA in Photography, of £2,000, will be presented to the photographer who produces the most striking black and white photographic portrait.

The winners of both the fine art and the photography awards will also be offered two years free membership of the Scottish Arts Club.

​Up to 30 fine art works and 30 photographic works will be selected for exhibition at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh in November 2017 and included in the SPA 2017 Catalogue. All exhibitors will be invited to attend the Private View of the exhibition.

Judges for the SPA in Fine Art include playwright and artist John Byrne; Imogen Gibbon, who is chief curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Guy Peploe, the director of the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; multiple award-winning portrait artist Jennifer McRae, and fine contemporary artist Gordon Mitchell who is also the SPA Director.

Judges for the Richard Coward SPA in Photography include Ben Harman from Edinburgh’s Stills Gallery, Malcolm Dickson of Street Level Photoworks and Siobhán Coward who has decades of photographic study and experience.

Entry to the SPAs opens in January 2017.

Donate to the Scottish Portrait Awards Fund

The SPA Fund is a dedicated fund on the Charities Aid Foundation website that has been set up by the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. The SPA Fund accepts one-off or annual donations. Your contribution will help to support the SPA prizes, the promotion of the awards, the exhibition or our education programmes and workshops. Donate below or contact us to learn more about the Awards and how you can get involved. Contact SPA Team Members Hilary Mounfield hilary@scottishportraitawards.org or Sara Cameron McBean at sara@scottishportraitawards.org  
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