RSA David Michie Travel Award: Deadline 26 March 2023

  • About

    Ava Grauls, Entry Spa


    The RSA David Michie Travel Award (£2,500) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate drawing and painting students. Funded by the Michie Family and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy, the award consists of:


    • A monetary award of £2,500 to fund a period of travel outside the UK for the research and development for a new body of work.
    • An exhibition of selected completed work at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2024/25
    • The donation of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections, 'A Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland'
  • Eligibility

    Da Hee Lee, Variations on the Canon, 2011, watercolour on canvas


    • Entrants must be painters.

    • Entrants must either be undergraduates graduating in summer 2023 or currently studying at postgraduate level at one of the following Scottish art schools: Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee, Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, and University of the Highlands & Islands.


    How to apply

    • This award is part of the RSA Student Travel Awards, which also includes the RSA Barns-Graham Award and the RSA Blackadder Houston Travel Awards. Application for all of these awards is made through one online application form via Submittable
    • Applicants are required to select which of the RSA Student Travel Awards they wish to be considered for, taking into account the eligibility and entry requirements for each award, and then indicate an order of preference. It is acceptable to apply for all three awards and also for the separate RSA John Kinross Scholarship if eligible.
    • Please read the guidelines on Submittable in full before applying. 
    • Deadline for completing applications is 26 March 2023, 23:59.


    Click here to apply



  • Previous winners

    Hannah Paterson, My Death is my Life, 2021

    Previous winners

    • Emma Hall 2022
    • Ava Grauls 2021
    • Hannah Paterson 2020
    • Aidan Stephen 2019
    • Da Hee Lee 2018
    • Rachel Hobkirk 2017
  • About David Michie RSA

    David Michie RSA, Pink Man Passing

    About David Michie RSA

    David Alan Redpath Michie OBE RSA (1928 – 2015) was born at Saint-Raphaël, France. His father, James Michie, was an architect and painter and his mother was the celebrated artist Anne Redpath OBE RSA.

    Michie’s early years were spent living in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the vibrant colour schemes of the Côte d’Azur would later infuse his work. In 1934, his family settled in the Scottish Borders. In 1946, he enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art where he was taught by William Gillies RSA. In 1953, after a period of National Service, he received a travelling scholarship to Italy, accompanied by his friend, the painter John Houston. They toured the Renaissance sites of Tuscany, and stayed in the hilltop towns of Anticoli Corrado and Orvieto in Umbria. 

    Michie taught widely, lecturing at James Clarke’s School, Edinburgh, and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. He was a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Art in Belgrade and the University of California. He returned to Edinburgh College of Art to teach painting during the 1960s and 1970s, and was Vice Principal there from 1974 to 1977. 


    Banner image: Emma Hall, Dahlia Sisters (detail), 2022, oil on canvas