Ends on June 30, 2019

The Morton Award (£5,000) is for artists working in a lens-based media in Scotland. The award is funded by The Morton Charitable Trust and administered by the Royal Scottish Academy and consists of:

  • Monetary award to research, develop and produce a new body of work in a lens-based medium
  • Exhibition of completed work at the RSA Annual Exhibition in 2020
  • Acquisition of work into the prestigious RSA Permanent Collections.


  • Artists must be working in a lens-based media (includes digital & analogue photography, film and video)
  • Artists must have been born in Scotland or have studied at a Scottish art school or have been resident in Scotland for at least 3 years.
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate students are not eligible.


  • Entry conditions and requirements must be strictly adhered to or applications may be rejected.
  • A shortlist of artists will be invited to present their project to the Panel of Adjudicators at the RSA on Monday 12 August 2019.
  • The decision of the adjudicators is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • The award should not be used as a capital grant.
  • The award winner will be announced by the end of September 2019.
  • The award should be completed by 1 April 2020.
  • The winner will exhibit resulting work at the RSA Annual Exhibition the following year in consultation with the Academy. Further arrangements will be determined in consultation with the winner.
  • The Royal Scottish Academy reserves the right to accession one representative work or DVD from the artist into the RSA Permanent Collection.
  • The copyright of all works remain with the artist but it is a condition of entry that the Royal Scottish Academy reserves the right of reproduction of all submitted and resultant works for publicity/educational/reference purposes in connection with the award.
  • Personal information supplied by applicants on registration/application forms will be held securely by the Royal Scottish Academy in accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Coherency of proposed project and the potential to further develop and enhance practice.
  • Quality of visual material (please note that a crucial part of the selection process is based on the review of applicants visual material and as such we strongly encourage applicants to submit the highest quality visual material.