The SPA Awards 2019

  • First prize Scottish Portrait Award for Fine Art (2D or 3D, any medium), £5000

  • Second prize, Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art (2D or 3D, any medium) £1,000

  • Third prize, Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art (2D or 3D, any medium) £500

  • SPA Fine Art Commendation

  • SPA Young Fine Artist Award (16 to 25 years) £500

  • First prize Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award for Photography (black and white), £3,000

  • Second prize Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award for Photography (black and white), £500

  • Third prize Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award for Photography (black and white), £100

  • Commendation Scottish Portrait Award for Photography (black and white),

  • SPA Young Photographer Award (16-25 years) £500

  • The Scottish Arts Club will present the SPA winners, with one year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh (conditions apply, please see The Rules).

    Key Dates

  • On Wednesday 1 August, the long-list will be announced of 60 finalists (30 fine artists and 30 photographers) selected for the Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition in November 2019, at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh

  • Photographers short-listed for awards will be announced at the SPA Photography Preview on Thursday 31 October 2019

  • Fine artists short-listed for awards will be announced at the SPA Fine Art Preview on Friday 1 November 2019

  • The winners of the SPAs awards, the commendations and the winners of the youth awards will be announced at the Scottish Portrait Awards Presentation on Wednesday 13 November 2019

Top tips for anyone entering the SPAs

  1. Read the rules - here

  2. Visit the 2018 SPA exhibition - catch it in Glasgow from 21 Jan to 9 Feb. Details here.

  3. Buy the 2018 SPA Catalogue - only £5 plus P&P and packed with the works and insights from artists. Explore.

  4. Check out the SPA Directory of Contemporary Portraiture - here.

Richard Coward, Self-portrait

Richard Coward, Self-portrait

The Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition 2019

  • The Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm from Saturday 2 November to Saturday 30 November 2019 (closed on Sundays and Mondays).

  • At least 30 fine art submissions and 30 photographic submissions will be selected for the SPA Exhibition. Artists whose work(s) have been selected for exhibition will be contacted by Thursday 1 August 2019.

  • All fine artists and photographers selected for the exhibition will be invited to either the photography preview on the 31 October or the fine art preview on 1 November. Those short-listed for awards will be announced during these events.

  • At least 5 short-listed fine artists and 5 photographers will be invited to the Scottish Portrait Awards Presentation at the Scottish Arts Club on Wednesday 13 November.

  • The cost of travel and accommodation will be the responsibility of the artist.

  • The exhibition will then move to the Glasgow Art Club in Glasgow and will be open to the public from Monday 20 January to Saturday 8 February 2020. The exhibition will move to the Kirkcudbright Galleries and be on show from Saturday 14 March to Sunday 24 May 2020.

Cover photo credit: Mark Mulholland