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The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone who was born in Scotland, is resident in Scotland or studying in Scotland. All entrants must be 18 years old by 1 October 2017.

The Scottish Portrait Award for Fine Art of £5,000 will be awarded for stunning portraits in any 2D or 3D medium. The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography of £2,000, will be awarded to the most striking black and white photographic portrait. (Learn more about Richard Coward)

The works of up to 60 finalists will be included in the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition and catalogue. A portrait commission worth £3,000 awarded to a fine art finalist by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

The winners of SPA awards will be presented with two years free membership of the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. Read more about our Awards.

The SPA Judges 2017

Judges for the SPA in Fine Art include artist and playwright John Byrne; Imogen Gibbon, who is chief curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Guy Peploe, the 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 and Siobhán Coward who has decades of photographic study and experience. Read more about our Judges.

* Read the SPA Rules for entering the Scottish Portrait Awards

 Works by two of the sixty finalists selected for the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition . Left: Financial times by Cherylene Dyer  Right: Mary from Glasgow Gorbals by Robert Andrew Mercer

Scottish Portrait Awards 2017 2017 Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition opens 7 November

* Please note that access to the SPA fine art and photography exhibitions may be limited by Club events.  When planning your visit, please check the Club website above first to avoid disappointment.

Many thanks to all of the fine artists and photographers who sent in such wonderful work for the Scottish Portrait Awards. The judges have now finalized their selection for the November exhibition.

The Scottish Arts Club

Scottish Portrait Awards


7 November - 2 December

Tuesday to Saturdays only*

11 am to 5 pm

Scottish Arts Club

24 Rutland Square

Edinburgh EH1 2BW



The SPA Finalists

The 2018 SPAs will be open for entries from 5 January 2018 until 31 May 2018