We work with a number of generous partners each year to offer artists exhibiting at our exhibition a range of prizes and awards. Below is a full list of the award and prizes available at this years’ exhibition:

SSA Invited Artist Award
An opportunity to develop a substantial work or series of works with support and guidance from an assigned Member of the SSA Council for inclusion in the following Annual Exhibition. Selected by the President and Vice President of the Society.

Presidents Prize
£350 for an artist of merit. The Presidents Prize is made possible through contributions from past Presidents of the Society and will be selected each year by one of the Prize contributors.

The W Gordon Smith and Mrs Jay Gordon Smith Award | SSA Award
A prize of £4,000 for work of merit. Selected By the trustees of the W Gordon Smith Award.

We were greatly saddened to hear recently of the passing of Mrs Jay Gordon Smith who has so generously supported the Society in recent years. We are proud to continue to offer the W Gordon Smith and Mrs Jay Gordon Smith Award in their honour.W. Gordon Smith was Scotland on Sunday’s art and theatre critic and columnist for many years during which he contributed to the progress of the arts in Scotland and this award celebrates both his life and his lifetime’s work by supporting artists in Scotland.  

The Deloitte Prize
For an artwork of merit, £500. Selected by a representative of Deloitte.

The Connell & Connell WS Prize
For an artwork of merit, £300
Established in 1924, Connell & Connell are an independent firm of solicitors and estate agents with a reputation for professionalism and quality of service. Selected by a representative of Connell & Connell.

The Ramsay Cornish Prize
For an artwork of merit, £300
Ramsay Cornish is an independent auction house located in Edinburgh’s city centre. Selected by Susan and Martin Cornish.

The Pauline Fay Lazarus Prize for work using the human form
For an artwork of merit, £150.

The Open Eye Gallery Solo Exhibition Prize
The Open Eye Gallery has been established since 1982 and is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary private art galleries. Set in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, it offers an extensive and varied exhibition programme. Selected by representatives of Open Eye Gallery. openeyegallery.co.uk

Tatha Gallery Exhibition Prize
Two artists selected for a joint exhibition.
The Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay, Fife is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary art galleries with a strong focus on Scottish contemporary art. Selected by Directors of the Gallery.

Arusha Gallery
For an artwork of merit, £500
Contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh with an extensive exhibition and Art Fair program. Selected by the Curator of the Gallery.

The Meffan Gallery Exhibition Prize
Meffan Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the centre of the market town of Forfar offering a diverse programme of art exhibitions. Selected by the Curator of the Meffan Gallery.

The Gallery Ten Prize Exhibition Prize
Gallery TEN is a contemporary & applied arts exhibition space situated at 5 William Street in Edinburgh’s vibrant West End. Selected by Gallery Ten Director, Paul Musgrave.

The House for an Art Lover
An exhibition in the Café Gallery and £500
Set within Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park and inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover combines art gallery and exhibition space, events venue, café, multipurpose artists studios. Selected by the Curator of the Gallery.

The Scottish Art Club Prize
Solo exhibition and 2 years membership
The Scottish Art Club is a haven in the heart of Edinburgh for those interested in all areas of the arts. Selected by representatives of the Club. scottishartsclub.com

Glasgow Art Club Prize
Club membership and an exhibition
Located in the heart of the city, The Glasgow Art Club is has been a meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants. Selected by representatives of Glasgow Art Club.

The Detail Framing Prize
Two artists will receive a £150 voucher.
Detail Framing Studio is a bespoke picture framer, gallery and archival photography studio based in Tollcross in Edinburgh. Selected by Jamie McAteer, owner of Detail Framing.

Edinburgh Printmakers Residency Award The opportunity for a printmaker to work in Edinburgh Printmakers new studio facilities in Castle Mills. The prize includes, print studio induction, 1-month free studio use, £150 materials budget and 1-year membership. Selected by Alastair Clark, Studio Director.

The Purcell Paper Prize
Paper worth £100
John Purcell Paper offers an extensive range of papers and boards supplying artists across the world from their south London warehouse. Selected by the SSA President. johnpurcell.net

Creative Edinburgh
A Creative Edinburgh annual membership.
As the largest network of creatives in Edinburgh, Creative Edinburgh is committed to advancing the value and impact of creativity- both locally and internationally. Selected by a representative of Creative Edinburgh. creative-edinburgh.com

Edinburgh Art Shop
Two artists to receive £100 voucher
Edinburgh Art Shop offers a wide range of Art and Craft supplies from professional artists to beginners. Selected by representatives of Edinburgh Art Shop. edinburghartshop.co.uk

Leith School of Art
1 years Friends Membership and a weekend course of their choice.
Leith School of Art is a college where everyone is welcome to come and study art. Selected by representatives of Leith School of Art.

The Greyfriars Art Shop Prize – £150 voucher

The Henderson Art Shop Purchase Prize

Wilhemina Barns-Graham Award £2,000 – Prize for a work of merit by a recent graduate.

Horsecross Arts Awards for Moving image Two acquisition awards of £250 each for the Horsecross Arts public museum collection of contemporary art held at Threshold artspace, Perth. 

Inches Carr Mentoring Award – £7,000

W Gordon Smith Award | VAS Award – £4,000

Great Art Award – £1,000 voucher

Art In Healthcare Purchase Prize

Craft Scotland Prize for Design and Craftsmanship – £500

Richard Coley Award for Sculpture – £250

Studio Faire Residency Award

Incorporation of Goldsmiths Award

Precious Metals Workshop Award

and many more!


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