The Scottish Portrait Awards 2018

SPA Dates 2018

Wednesday 1 August: The long-list will be announced of 60 finalists (30 fine artists and 30 photographers) selected for the 2018 Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition.

Monday 29 October 2018: Five fine artists and five photographers short-listed for the SPA awards will be revealed.

Tuesday 30 October: 2.00pm Media Preview of the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition. 6.00pm Private Members Preview for members of the Scottish Arts Club only.

Wednesday 31 October 2018: Artists short-listed for prizes in the 2018 SPA in Fine Art and Richard Coward SPA in Photography will be invited to the SPA Awards Night.

Thursday 1 November 2018: A special preview will be held for all SPA Photographers at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh

Friday 2 November 2018: A special preview will be held for all SPA Fine Artists at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh

 

The Scottish Portrait Awards are closed for 2018. We will open for entries for the 2019 Scottish Portrait Awards from 2 April to 30 June 2019. The 2019 SPAs will be open to anyone born, living or studying in Scotland, and 16 years old by 1 October 2019.

 2018Exhibitions

Saturday 3 November to Saturday 1 December 2018:      The Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition @ the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

Monday 21 January to Saturday 9 February 2019:           The Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition @ the Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow .

  •  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)