Entries into Scotland’s biggest awards for portraiture open as the Scottish Portrait Awards return…

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Peter Iain Campbell, “Photographer Laurence Winram Meditating on the Story of Tidal Erosion”. Winner of the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award for Photography.
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The Scottish Portrait Awards return to Glasgow, bringing together over 60 portraits reflecting the dominant themes of our time. The exhibition, which started in Edinburgh before moving to Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, is now on display at the Charles Rennie Macintosh Gallery at Glasgow Art Club until 23 April 2022.

The Scottish Portrait Awards have quickly established themselves as a barometer of contemporary Scottish art practice, giving visibility to a mix of established artists and newcomers in a variety of styles.

Featuring 15 of the 61 selected works by artists under the age of 25, this is a vibrantly young exhibition that reflects the dominant themes of our time with family, environment, black lives, women’s empowerment and mental health issues.

The exhibition includes the winner of the Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography, Scotland’s top photography award. Peter Iain Campbell’s portrait ‘The Photographer Laurence Winram Meditating on a Tale of Tidal Erosion’ was taken in Portsoy Harbour, North East Scotland, its unique pose reflecting the urgency of the environment.

Also on display is Saul Robertson’s portrait Journeys, winner of the Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art. The multi-generational portrait is the artist’s most ambitious painting to date, in which the facial expressions and gestures of family members reveal both individual and collective stories.

The Scottish Portrait Awards offer Scotland’s biggest awards for portrait art – including a first prize of £5,000 for fine art in any medium, a special prize of £3,000 for black and white photographic portraits and £500 for the best work by entrants under the age of 25 years.

Submissions for the Scottish Portrait Awards 2022 are now open until 31 May 2022. The awards are administered entirely by volunteers on behalf of the Scottish Arts Trust and are open to anyone over the age of 16 who is born, living or studying in Scotland.

This year, applicants whose immediate family receives some form of income support can apply through the Scottish Arts Trust Bursary Fund for a free entry into the Scottish Portrait Award for visual arts or photography. The application deadline for the scholarship is 30 April 2022. Full application details can be found at www.scottishportraitawards.com.

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