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SPA | Scottish Portrait Awards Registered charity SC044753 | Registered office 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BW

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

 Left: Winner of the £2000 Richard Coward SPA in Photography, Robin Gillander’s portrait of Robert Alan Jamieson; Right: Winner of the £5000 SPA in Fine Art 2017, Helen Wilson’s portrait of Jonah Gaskell of Kittyfield Farm

Scottish Portrait Awards 2017 Winners announced | Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition open 7 November to 2 December

* 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.

The Scottish Arts Club

Scottish Portrait Awards


7 November - 2 December

Closed Sundays and Mondays

2.00 pm to 5.00pm

Scottish Arts Club

24 Rutland Square

Edinburgh EH1 2BW



The SPA Finalists

The 2018 SPAs will be open for entries from 2 April 2018 until 30  June 2018