Entries for the 2020 SPAs are open from 2 April to 30 June 2020

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 2016.

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 (excluding plinth)

  • The exhibition space cannot accommodate diptychs, triptychs, etc, 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. Remember: the work must be created from life in the first instance, however brief that encounter.

4. Photograph your artwork

Read the Photographing Artwork guide.

For round one, submit a  JPG/JPEG image. 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. Complete the entry form, attach your entries and make your payment

Fill in the form below and attach your images where indicated. Successful submission of a form will take you to the Payment Page. If payment is made under another name, please inform the SPA Administrator Dai Lowe

You should receive an acknowledgement email from our form handler, Wufoo, confirming your entry as well as acknowledgement of receipt of payment from our bankers, CAF. We will also send an email acknowledging receipt of both your entry and payment.

Your entry form, work and payment must be made by midnight BST on Sunday 30 June, 2019

Any issues? Contact the SPA administrator, Dai Lowe, scotportrait@lucidity.ltd.uk

If you want to pay in advance, go straight to fine art payment

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Cover photo credit: Ewan McClure