​​Scottish Portrait Awards

Entries open 5 January 2018 and close 31 May 2018

Supported by the Scottish Arts Club
 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
The Scottish Portrait Awards (SPAs) are open to fine artists and photographers born, living or 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.

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.  

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 one year 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, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW from Tuesday 6 November to Saturday 1 December.

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, photographer Robin Gillanders and Siobhán Coward.

Entry to the SPAs opens in April 2018.

Become an SPA Donor

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 [email protected] or Sara Cameron McBean at [email protected]  

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