We support awards, exhibitions, and performance in Scotland


The Scottish Arts Trust supports a range of awards and prizes including the Scottish Portrait Awards and several writing awards as well as exhibitions and concerts. We aim to raise funds that can provide financial support and opportunities for artists, writers, musicians, photographers and others working in the arts as well as for publications, talks, and events.

Learn more about the Scottish Arts Trust

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scottish portrait awards

The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone over 16 years, born, living or studying in Scotland. The SPAs include the £5000 Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art, the £3000 Richard Coward Scottish Portrait award in Photography, cash awards for second and third place in both competitions and £500 prizes for Young Fine Artist and Young Photographer (aged 16-25 years.) Go to the Scottish Portrait Awards website.

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scottish arts trust story awards

The Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards include the £1000 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition and the £500 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award, both of which are open to writers worldwide. The £500 Isobel Lodge Award is a short story award open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland. Go to the Story Awards website

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contemporary music

The Scottish Arts Trust aims to create opportunities for the music of contemporary Scottish composers to be heard more widely, and to open up performance space for young musicians. Read more about contemporary Scottish music

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