Enter the SPA in Fine Art

Entries are open from 2 April to 30 June 2019.

You may enter as many times as you like. All portraits submitted should have been created from life in the first instance and completed after 1 January 2015.

1. Read The Rules

2. Check the artwork size:

  • 2D submissions for the SPA Fine Art Award should be no smaller than 30cm x 30cm (unframed) and no larger than 150cm by 150cm when framed.

  • 3D works should be self-supporting and range from actual life-size (eg head-only) to maximum of 100cm(height)x50cmx50cm.

  • The exhibition space cannot accommodate triptychs unless these fit within the overall size guidelines above.

3. check the reasons for disqualification

Every year, artists have work that was selected for the exhibition disqualified. Don’t let this be you. The main reasons for disqualification are:

  • The work has been previously exhibited in Scotland - in a gallery, a theatre, a book shop or other public place. (We don’t mind if it was exhibited in England or other country. We do need the work to be new and fresh in Scotland.)

  • The artist does not know the name of the person in their portrait and does not have their permission to show their image.

4. Photograph your artwork

Read the Photographing Artwork guide.

For round one, submit a  JPG/JPEG image, no greater than 3mb in size. For 2D submissions you may submit one photograph of the complete artwork plus one detail. For 3D submissions you may submit 3 images showing different perspectives of the work.

We also advise that you take one hi-res image of your artwork at the same time to keep in reserve. This should be 42 cms on the longest side and 300 DPI. If your work is selected for the exhibition you will be asked to send the hi-res image for the catalogue.  

5. Pay the entry fee

Pay £10 per artwork entered for the SPAs by donation to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All funds paid to the Trust are used to support the Scottish Portrait Awards. You may pay your fee(s) by credit/debit card, PayPal or by cheque. A single payment can cover multiple fine art submissions, but each entry will need its own form.

To pay via credit/debit card or PayPal
Follow the link to pay £10 per artwork through the secure Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website.  

To pay by cheque
Payment by cheque is possible if it is drawn on a UK bank account. Make your cheque payable to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust and for £10 per artwork entered. On the back of the cheque write your name and email address.. Send the cheque to:

The Scottish Portrait Awards, Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust,                                            24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW, UK

6. Complete the entry form and attach your entries  for the SPA in Fine Art

After you have clicked to submit, please scroll up to see the confirmation. You will also receive an email confirming your entry. If you have any difficulties or questions please write to the SPA administrator, Dai Lowe, at scotportrait@lucidity.ltd.uk

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Cover photo credit: Li Huang, Chiara (detail)