The judging for this year’s Schools Art Award has taken place and we are delighted to announce the shortlist of winners. The judges were very impressed with the high standard of entries.

The names are listed alphabetically here and pupils will find out which prize they have been awarded at the Awards Ceremony on 6 March.

Letters with full details will be mailed out to all participating schools on 18 February.

Main Prize Winners List

Highly Commended List

Please check the spelling for the certificates and email any corrections to


Organised by the RSA Friends, the schools Art Award is a competition open to all secondary schools in Scotland which aims to encourage creativity and showcase talent. It has been running since 1986 and is considered by teachers to be one of the most prestigious awards made to pupils. The Award has no theme. The emphasis is on skills of technique, observation and interpretation. In particular, the judges will award prizes for work which displays creativity and originality.

Junior (S1 & S2)
Intermediate (S3 & S4)
Senior (S5 & S6)

Five judges, including the President of the RSA, will award: First prize of £250, second prize of £150 and third prize of £100 in each category. Highly Commended Certificates awarded to 20 entries in each category.

The Chairmen’s Challenge
An award of £300. Category S5 & S6. Further Details

New Entrant Awards
A special award of £250 in each category for the best entry from schools that have not participated before, or within, the last five years.

Brodies Special Schools Award
First prize of £250, second prize of £150 and third prize of £100. Category S1-S6. Further Details

Brodies Inspirational Art & Design Department Award
£1,000 awarded to support the most deserving and inspirational project. Further Details

Brodies Regional Awards
Prizes of £150 awarded to the best entry in each category from the regions: north, west, and south-east.

Winning students, with teacher/parents, will be invited to an expenses-paid Awards Ceremony and lunch at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Prize winning entries will be exhibited in the RSA Academicians’ Gallery during RSA New Contempoaries from 9 March – 3 April. All winners are invited to the Private View of the Exhibition on Thursday 7 March at 5.30pm

Every participating school will be entered into a draw giving them the chance to receive: A free half-day art workshop in their school with a leading young Scottish artist. Successful schools will be contacted soon after the Entry Deadline to finalise arrangements.

Contact for any enquiries: Sheena Walker
T: 0131 225 3922


We are still trying to reconnect this picture with Matthew Thompson as there is no school name on the back.  Please get in touch if he is a pupil at your school.


Finalists notified – week beg 18 February
Unsuccessful entries returned or collected– 18 February
Awards Ceremony – Wednesday 6 March
Private View Thursday 7 March 5.30pm
RSA Exhibition of winning works – 9 March – 3 April
Return/collection of exhibition works – from 4 April