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Scottish Portrait Awards (SPA)

The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust

Portrait prizes: £5000 Fine Art (2D/3D any medium); £2000 Photography (B&W). Exhibition for 60 works. Enter from 2 April – 30 June. For fine artists & photographers born, living, studying in Scotland

After a stunning first year, the Scottish Portrait Awards 2018 (SPAs) are open to anyone who is over 18 by 1 October 2018 and who was born in Scotland, is resident in Scotland or studying in Scotland. Entries may be submitted from 2 April and will close on 30 June 2018.

Prizes include the £5000 SPA in Fine Art. Entries may be in any 2D or 3D medium. The judges are seeking excellence in portraiture in a wide range of styles and mediums. As well as paintings we encourage sculpture, collage, digital works and installations and more, as long as these fit the size constraints. Fine art photography in colour can also be entered in the SPA in Fine Art category

The £2000 Richard Coward SPA Photography is only open to works in black and white. Analogue and digital formats are accepted.

Other prizes include the SPA Fine Art second prize of £1000 and a young artist award for under 25s to be announced in February.

The works of 60 finalists will be included in the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition held in November 2018 at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh. The winners of SPA awards will also be presented with one year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh.

Judges for the SPA in Fine Art include artist and playwright John Byrne; Imogen Gibbon, chief curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Guy Peploe, director of the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; multiple award-winning portrait artist Jennifer McRae, and fine contemporary artist Gordon Mitchell who is also the SPA Director.

Judges for the Richard Coward SPA in Photography include Ben Harman from Edinburgh’s Stills Gallery, Malcolm Dickson of Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, photographer Robin Gillanders and Siobhán Coward.

Read more about the SPAs at

The Scottish Portrait Awards is a project of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. The Trust was set up in 2014 to advance all forms of the creative arts in Scotland, to improve the accessibility of the creative arts to the general public and to encourage and assist in the development of up-and-coming artists, exhibitors and performers. Read more about the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust at

For further information, please contact (Sara Cameron McBean), or call 07794567254, or visit

Deadline is Saturday 30 June 2018 at 23:55

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