The Scottish Portrait Awards 2018

The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone born, living or studying in Scotland, and 16 years old by 1 October 2018. Entries close on 30 June 2018.

  • The Scottish Portrait Award for Fine Art is for portraits in any 2D or 3D medium - all painting formats, all sculpture formats, collage, printmaking, weaving, photography, digital art or anything else - we are seeking diversity as well as powerful art. The only limit is on the size of the work. Please read The Rules.
  • SPA Fine Art first prize £5000
  • SPA Fine Art second prize £1000
  • SPA Fine Art commendation
  • SPA Young Fine Artist prize £500 - for SPA fine art entrants aged 16 to 25 years. 
  • The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography a special award for black and white photography only .
  • Richard Coward SPA in Photography first prize £2000
  • SPA in Photography - two commendations
  • SPA Young Photographer prize  £500 - for SPA photography entrants aged 16 to 25 years.

The Scottish Arts Club will also present the winners of the major SPA awards and commended exhibitors with one year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club. (Please see The Rules)

Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition

  • Saturday 3 November to Saturday 1 December at the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
  • Monday 21 January to Saturday 9 February in the Mackintosh Gallery at Glasgow Art Club, 
  • Featuring the works of at least 60 finalists 30 works from the SPA Fine Art competition and 30 works from the Richard Coward SPA in Photography, plus the young fine artist and young photographer award winners.
  • All will feature in the SPA catalogue and be given a page on the SPA website to promote their work

Winners and commendations from the 2017 Scottish Portrait Awards

 Winner of the £5000 SPA in Fine Art 2017 | Helen Wilson, Jonah of Kittyfield Farm

Winner of the £5000 SPA in Fine Art 2017 | Helen Wilson, Jonah of Kittyfield Farm

 Winner of the £2000 Richard Coward SPA in Photography | Robin Gillanders, Robert Alan Jamieson

Winner of the £2000 Richard Coward SPA in Photography | Robin Gillanders, Robert Alan Jamieson

 Commendation I Ewan McClure, Counterpoints

Commendation I Ewan McClure, Counterpoints

 Commendation | Virginia Colley, Chris in Hospital

Commendation | Virginia Colley, Chris in Hospital

 Commendation | Robert Andrew Mercer, Mary from Glasgow Gorbals

Commendation | Robert Andrew Mercer, Mary from Glasgow Gorbals

 Commendation | Oscar Pereira Beiroa, Olivia

Commendation | Oscar Pereira Beiroa, Olivia

Cover photo credit: Stephanie Rew, Jessica (detail)