Scottish Portrait Awards 2019

Enter the 2019 Scottish Portrait Awards from 2 April to 30 June.

You can find all the info on the Scottish Portrait Awards website

The 2019 Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone born, living or studying in Scotland who will be over 16 by 1 October 2019.

Entries are open from 2 April 2019 and close at midnight BST (23:00 GMT/UTC) on Saturday 30 June 2019.

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

Please note that the SPA Photography Award is only for black and white photography. If you enter a colour photograph for this competition by mistake we will enter the image in the SPA Fine Art competition instead. 


SPA in Fine Art First prize £5,000, Second prize £1000, Third prize £500; Young Fine Artist Prize £500

Richard Coward SPA in Photography First prize £3,000, Second prize £500, Third prize £100, Young photographer prize £500

Edinburgh, Scottish Arts Club, Saturday 2 to Saturday 30 November
Glasgow, Glasgow Art Club, from Thursday 16 January to Saturday 15 February 2020
Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Galleries, Saturday 14 March to Sunday 24 May 2020.


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. For Fine Art we welcome portraits in oil, water colour, pencil, collage, tapestry, photography and 3-D works in any material including digital works as long as these meet the size criteria. Why do we allow photography into the SPA in Fine Art when there is a separate SPA in Photography? Read here.
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. This means the work should not have been shown in any public venue such as a gallery, shop, theatre, restaurant or any other place where the public can see the work. Exceptions are works that have been exhibited as part of a degree show or other educational purpose or for a charitable purpose.
Entries for the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography must be in black and white.