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17 October 2022

Scottish Portrait Awards showcased in north for first time

The Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition tour arrives at Duff House in Banff.

Black and white photo of an older man leaning on a shepherd's crook outside a stone cottage.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is inviting visitors along to the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition at Duff House, Banff, which opened on Friday 14 October and runs until Sunday 26 February 2023 – the first time that the exhibition is being brought to northern audiences.

The Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition includes this year’s prize winners and shortlisted award winners, including 60 works from 58 artists. The exhibition will showcase a diverse range of works in oil, acrylics, watercolour, pencil, crayon and sculpture in the fine art section, contrasting strongly with the black and white portraits in the photography exhibition.

Open to anyone over 16 years old either born, living or studying in Scotland, the Scottish Portrait Awards have become Scotland’s biggest prizes for contemporary portraiture since launching in 2017.

Corinna Leenen, Collections Manager at Duff House said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting the shortlisted works submitted by artists and photographers for this year’s Scottish Portrait Awards.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy the exciting and diverse range of works at Duff House, as the exhibition comes to the north of Scotland for the very first time.

“We are pleased to see several local artists featured in the exhibition and hope that many more local artists and photographers will be inspired to submit their works for the 2023 Scottish Portrait Awards."

The Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition has been on in Edinburgh and after Duff House can be seen in Glasgow. The visit of the exhibition to Duff House has been made possible through generous sponsorship from the William Grant foundation.

Visit the event listing for full exhibition dates and times.

Banner image © Paul Heartfield.

About Duff House

Duff House is a masterpiece of baroque architecture and one of the most important buildings in the north of Scotland. It was designed in 1735 by the renowned Scottish architect William Adam and is now a five-star visitor attraction, run in partnership by Historic Environment Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council.

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