About the Scottish Portrait Awards 

The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone born, living or studying in Scotland who will be over 16 by 1 October 2018.  

Entries are open from 2 April 2018 and close at midnight on Saturday 30 June 2018.

The judges are seeking diverse and well-executed works that inpsire, excite, raise questions, entertain, deliver an emotional punch, and/or force us to look at ourselves and others differently.

The SPA in Fine Art with £5000 first prize and £1000 second prize is open for works in any 2D or 3D medium. Artists may submit paintings, sculptures, fine art photography in colour, collage, multi-media and works in any other medium provided they fit the size constraints and other rules. 

The Richard Coward SPA in Photography with £2000 first prize is only open to works in black and white.

SPA awards for young fine artists and photographers are open to entrants who will be over 16 years and under 25 years on 1 October 2018. Entrants for these awards will be automatically cnsidered for the main awards in both categories.

Key facts about the SPAs

  • Artists may choose to enter either or both of the fine art and the photography competitions. Each artist may enter no more than six entries in each of the competitions.
  • An entry fee per artwork of £10 is payable to the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. All proceeds are used to support the Scottish Portrait Awards.
  • All works entered for the competition should be the artist’s own work and the subject must be known to the artist. All portraits submitted should have been created from life in the first instance and completed after 1 January 2015. 
  • All works submitted for the youth award are also eligible for the major SPA awards.
  • Entries for the Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art may be in any medium and in 2D or 3D formats. Although the work should begin from life, portraits that are more conceptual or contemporary in their approach are as welcome as more traditional portraiture.
  • The concept of ‘portrait’ may be interpreted in the widest possible sense. The subject may involve one or more people and self-portraits are also permitted. Portraits may include animals but only when these are secondary to the human subject. 
  • Works submitted for the Scottish Portrait Awards should not have been previously exhibited in Scotland.
  • Entries for the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography must be in black and white. 

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Cover photo credit: Mark Mulholland, Portrait of Tony Singh MBE (detail)