Scottish Portrait Awards Winners Announced

Kit Martin, ‘Mhairi’
Kit Martin, ‘Mhairi’

Scottish Portrait Awards 2022

Tue - Sat 14:30 - 17:00

The Scottish Arts Club
24 Rutland Square
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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The winners of this year’s Scottish Portrait Awards were announced (see below) at a ceremony at the Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh on 7th September, comprising the Sutherland Independent Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art open competition, the final Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography for black-and-white only, with all Awards offering generous cash prizes for winners and runners-up, including a prize for Young Fine Artist. Among the judges this year is Calum Stevenson, winner of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year.

Sam Dalby, ‘Meeting Daniel’
Sam Dalby, ‘Meeting Daniel’

Sam Dalby from Moffat has won the new Sutherland Independent Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art and £5,000 with his painting ‘Meeting Daniel’, a posthumous portrait of the artist’s mother, meeting her grandson Daniel for the first time.

Craig Jefferson, 'Douglas in his Scotland Strip’
Craig Jefferson, ‘Douglas in his Scotland Strip’

Second Prize was awarded to Craig Jefferson for Douglas in his Scotland Strip

David Caldwell, Adam Younis (with cactus)
David Caldwell, Adam Younis (with cactus)

And Third Prize to David Caldwell for Adam Younis (with cactus).

Kit Martin, ‘Mhairi’
Kit Martin, ‘Mhairi’

Kit Martin, a former medical and police photographer who lives in Newport on Tay, is the winner of the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography and £3,000 with her portrait of Mhairi, host and owner of Island Darkroom in Lewis.

Emanuele Centi, 'Portrait of an Andalusian Peasant'
Emanuele Centi, ‘Portrait of an Andalusian Peasant’

Second Prize was awarded to Emanuele Centi for Portrait of an Andalusian Peasant.

Tommy Ga Ken Wan, ‘When the Time Comes’
Tommy Ga Ken Wan, ‘When the Time Comes’

And Third Prize to Tommy Ga Ken Wan for When the Time Comes.

Esther Forse, 'Imogen at 18'
Esther Forse, ‘Imogen at 18’

Eleven of the shortlisted works are by fine artists and photographers under 25 years, and Esther Forse won the Young Fine Artist Award with her painting of her sister Imogen at 18 with the subject’s facial expression provoking debate amongst the judging panel.

Rosie Biggar, ‘Priestgate’
Rosie Biggar, ‘Priestgate’

Rosie Biggar collected the Young Photographer Award and £500 prize with her portrait of Rob Schofield, frontman for the band Priestgate. The judges praised the image for the passion and intensity it conveyed, with its echoes of rock and roll photography from a bygone era, and the quality of the print which had the appeal of a handmade screen print.

Ellis Bairstow, 'Mother’
Ellis Bairstow, ‘Mother’

Ellis Bairstow won the Young Photographer Commendation with his sensitive layered photograph Mother, an image taken shortly after his family’s move to Scotland and the loss of his maternal grandfather.

The accompanying exhibition is open in Edinburgh from 10th September until 1st October at the Scottish Arts Club, at 24 Rutland Square until 1st October. The show will move to Duff House in Banff (14th October to 26th February 2023) thence to Glasgow Art Club (6th March to Friday 31st March). 

The Awards is now partnered with Scottish Arts Trust and integrated into the latter’s website. The Trust exists to support innovation and creativity in art, music and writing in Scotland.

With thanks to Vivien Devlin and Sara Cameron McBean for their assistance.

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