The RSA MacRobert Art Award for painting

The Royal Scottish Academy is delighted to announce The MacRobert Art Award for Painting, a £20,000 annual award for mid-career painters to enable a 12-month period of research and development. The aim of the award is to provide the chance for a committed painter whose circumstances have, for whatever reason, made it difficult to focus upon and develop their artistic talent. Whilst the award is financial, the real reward is the opportunity that the funds can directly, or indirectly allow.


To be eligible for the award, entrants must be painters who graduated at least 10 years ago, or have at least 10 years of substantive practice. The selected artist must also be have been born, or currently living, in Scotland. 


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The MacRobert Estate


Mrs Sabrina Campbell, Director and Trustee of the MacRobert Trust said: “When creating her Trusts, Lady MacRobert was keen to ensure that her interest in art was recognised. In doing so, and after much truly valued help and advice from the RSA’s Colin Greenslade, we are particularly pleased to be able to support an award that specifically nurtures an applicant's unrealised talent. We are extremely grateful to the RSA, for all their support in bringing our vision to reality and particularly for agreeing to arrange judging and administration.”

Colin R Greenslade RSA Director says: “The Academy provides a plethora of awards for emerging artists to assist them become established, yet it is crucially important that artists with a proven track record are also supported to enable their practice.

The MacRobert Trust has a long history in supporting science and innovation. Adding visionary artists to this venerable catalogue of support underwrites their importance as commentators upon our existence. We hope that this vital new annual award will assist to significantly change the funding landscape for committed mid-to-late career painters and encourage others to also support Scotland’s experienced artistic talent.”

26 January 2023
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