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).

  • 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

  • Five fine artists and five photographers short-listed for the SPA awards will be revealed on Monday 28 October 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 30 October 2019.

  • A special preview will be held for all SPA Photographers on Thursday 31 October 2019.

  • A special preview will be held for all SPA Fine Artists on Friday 1 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 Thursday 14 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