It proved a hit with audiences travelling from across the country to see the first ever Scottish Landscape Awards – catch it at the City Art Centre until March 3rd.

There is just a week left to view the the biggest and most ambitious survey of contemporary landscape art in Scotland today. The inaugural exhibition of the Scottish Landscape Awards runs at the City Art Centre until Sunday March 3rd.

Presented by the Scottish Arts Trust, which also organises the Scottish Portrait Awards, the exhibition showcases 133 artworks over two floors at the gallery, selected from 2,800 entries.

The first prize in the 2023 Awards was scooped by a haunting depiction of the Bass Rock by Kate Davis and David Moore.

Amongst the other prizes is the £5000 City of Edinburgh Award – for works depicting the Edinburgh landscape. This was won by a 2023 oil painting from Robbie Bushe, depicting what Edinburgh may have looked like if city planners in 1949 had got their way, with a six-lane inner city ring-road demolishing swathes of the Old Town and tunnelling under Calton Hill. This piece has been bought by the Council and is joining the collection in the City Art Centre.

A visitor to the exhibition said:-

“We travelled to Edinburgh especially to see the show after hearing that a number of local artists had been shortlisted. This is the first major exhibition my son aged 5 has visited and he has been blown away.

From virtual reality to mixed media, it’s given us an appreciation not only for the diverse landscape all around us but also for the diverse creative talent across Scotland too.”

The Scottish Landscape Awards will now be a biennial event, with the exhibition moving to a different region and gallery in Scotland on each occasion. The next one will be open for entries from January 1, 2025, with the main exhibition held in the artists’ town of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, as well as installations across Scotland.

The awards are open to all artists born or living in Scotland. More information at

The Scottish Landscape Awards runs at the City Art Centre until 3 March 2024
City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE
Open daily from 10.00 to 17.00; admission free

Curiosity in Glencoe by Reinhard Behrens.
Towards St James and Calton Hill (reimagining the Civic Survey and Plan for the City & Royal Burgh of Edinburgh) by Robbie Bushe RSA, winner of the City of Edinburgh Award.
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