Call for entries: by 31st July.
A major event in the Scottish visual art calendar, The Scottish Portrait Awards @Scotportrait are open to anyone over 16 born, living or studying in Scotland. The Awards 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.’ This year the entry window has been widened to 31st July.
Established by the Scottish Arts Trust in 2016, artists and photographers, can compete for two Awards: the £5,000 Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art open competition invites entries in any 2D or 3D medium, and the £3,000 Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography is open to entries in black and white only. Both Awards offer a series of generous cash prizes for runners-up, and thirty pieces from each Award will be shown to the public from 31st October – 28th November in Edinburgh, then in Glasgow, then at Duff House in Banff. A video of the 2019 Awards, displayed at Kirkcudbright Galleries prior to lockdown, can be seen here.
Image: 2017 nominee Cherylene Dyer – Newmoon, oils