Scottish Arts Club Awards

The several years, the Scottish Arts Club has presented awards for the visual arts linked to exhibitions organised by leading Scottish art organisations, including those organised by the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA), the Royal Scottish Society for Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS). In each case, a selected exhibitor is awarded a short-term membership of the Club as well as the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the Club, within two years of the award. These prestigious awards offer winners access to the Club, all its activities, and to members shows as well as the important solo exhibition.

Since 2011 we have also presented awards for Scottish theatre. The Club also supports the Scottish Portrait Awards and the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, which are managed by the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. Read more about our awards below.

Heather Manson - ' Manhattan'

Heather Manson - ' Manhattan'

Recent Visual Arts Awards


  • May 2014 Jennifer Macrae (SAC Exhibition Aug 2016)

  • May 2015 David Evans

  • May 2016 John Mooney (SAC Exhibition Aug 2018)

  • May 2017 Kirkland Main (SAC Exhibition – to be agreed)


  • Nov 2014 Heather Manson (SAC exhibition May 2016)

  • Nov 2015 James Tweedie (SAC exhibition Oct 2017)

  • Aug 2016 Robert Emslie Donald (SAC exhibition July 2018)


  • Nov 2014 Catriona Mann (SAC exhibition Feb 2017)

  • Nov 2015 Diana Hope (SAC exhibition Oct 2016)

  • Jan 2017 Clare Arbuthnott (SAC exhibition Feb 2018)


  • Dec 2014 Miriam Vickers (SAC exhibition June 2016)

  • Dec 2015 Cecile Simonis (SAC exhibition April 2017 )

  • Dec 2016 Katharine Aarrestad (SAC Exhibition Oct 2018)


  • Jan 2015 Rosie Kimber (SAC exhibition Aug 2015)

  • Jan 2016 Natalie Jane Adams (SAC exhibition Aug 2016)

  • Jan 2017 Philamena Pretsell (SAC Exhibition Oct 2017)


Scottish Arts Club Theatre Awards

Each year since 2011, the Scottish Arts Club has awarded a prize for the best Scottish theatre production appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The prize has become affectionately known as The Flying Artichoke after the unique bronze  sculpture, created by Edinburgh artist Duncan Robertson, presented to the winners as part of the awards ceremony.  Read more

Scottish Arts Club Theatre Awards


The Scottish Arts Club are delighted to announce the outstanding winner of the 2017 Best Scottish Theatre Award is Adam by Frances Poet, directed by Cora Bissett and presented by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse Theatre. The judges felt that the production was brilliantly executed in every way.

The runner up is Woke, featuring Apphia Campbell, directed by Caitlin Skinner at the Gilded Balloon. The production is part of the 2017 Made in Scotland showcase.

The winner of the 2017 Bright Spark Award is Sara MacGillivray in Marie, created by her with Phil Bartlett, playing at The Hanover Tap as part of the Free Fringe.

This is the seventh year of the Awards and once again the judging panel, who have seen around 110 Scottish Theatre productions on this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, were impressed by the evidence of both emerging and established talent within the Scottish Theatre scene and the overall high standard of production. 

The Judges are proud of the fact that, over the years, they have spotted the potential in small and medium scale productions and the previous winners have all toured nationally and internationally.

The awards was presented by Andy Arnold, Artistic Director of Tron Theatre, Glasgow, at the Scottish Arts Club, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 23 August at 5.30 pm. The Club is most grateful to Pickering’s Gin for their support of the Awards

Judging Panel 2017

Joyce Caplan, Catherine Robins, Muriel Romanes, Anna Stapleton, Liz Smith, John Scott Moncrieff, Neil Weir, Mark Wilson.

The Scottish Portrait Awards

The Scottish Portrait Awards (SPAs) are open to anyone over 16 years born, living or studying in Scotland. The annual competition aims to discover the best portraits by 60 fine artists and photographers that will feature in a month-long exhibition to be held at the Scottish Arts Club in November. Prizes include:

SPA in Fine Art: First prize £5000, Second Prize £1,000, Third Prize £500, SPA Young Fine Artist (16-25 Years) £500

Richard Coward SPA in Photography: First Prize £3,000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £100, SPA Young Photographer £500

The Scottish Portrait Awards is a project of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. More information at

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The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, aged over 18 years.  Stories entered for the competition should be 2,000 words or less and can be on any topic. The stories do not have to be associated with Scotland.  A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process with Alexander McCall Smith making the final selection of the winner and the runners-up. Entries open from 1 November to 28 February.

The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing is a special award for unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland who enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. It is offered in the memory of a stunningly imaginative writer and powerful story-teller who was a much loved member of the Scottish Arts Club and carries an annual prize of £500.

The Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award offers a £500 prize for very short stories up to 250 words. Chief judge is award-winning writer Sandra Ireland. Entries open from 1 February to 30 April.

These writing competitions are projects of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. More info at