A Facebook campaign that asked followers where the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition should go after the runs in Edinburgh and Glasgow means that the 2019 exhibition will be presented at the outstanding new gallery in Kirkcudbright. Announcing the news on Wednesday at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh, SPA Director Gordon Mitchell said. “In fact, we had asked for suggestions of where to take the SPAs in the north – and very quickly we got the response ‘What about the South? What about Kirkcudbright!’ It was a great idea. The SPA exhibition presents the best in contemporary portraiture that Scotland has to offer. We are delighted that it will be seen in the brilliant new space in Kirkcudbright.”
Speaking on behalf of the gallery, which is run by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Arts Officer Rachael Dilley said, “We at Kirkcudbright Galleries are thrilled that we will be working with the Scottish Portrait Awards to showcase the top entries to the 2019 competition. Previous SPA exhibitions have demonstrated an incredibly high quality of work, exploring several different artistic mediums such as photography, works on paper, oil paintings and sculpture. The exhibition will be a highlight for Kirkcudbright Galleries in 2020.”
The 2019 Scottish Portrait Awards opens for entries from 2 April to 30 June. The artists selected for the exhibitions will be informed by 1 August. SPA winners will be announced on Wednesday 30 October 2019.
The 2019 SPA Exhibitions will run at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh from Saturday 2 to Saturday 30 November, at the Glasgow Art Club from Thursday 16 January to Saturday 15 February 202, and will complete its run in Kirkcudbright from Saturday 14 March to Sunday 24 May 2020.
Image: 2018 SPA Young Fine Artist: Eve Woehrling, Portrait of Saul