The Highland Art Prize exhibition will be open to the public at The Briggait’s 1873 Hall in partnership with Wasps, the UK’s largest provider of studios and creative spaces. The Highland Art Society is grateful to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for providing funding to assist in the Gaelic promotion and presentation of 2023 Highland Art Prize.
The Highland Art Prize 2023 exhibition in the 1873 Hall coincides with the previous year’s winner, David Page, hosting his solo show Highland Colours in The Briggait galleries.
The purpose of the Highland Art Prize is to promote Highland art on a national scale and raise the profile of local artists working across the Highlands and Islands. Together with a cash prize of £1,000 for the winning artwork, the winning artist will also have the opportunity to mount an exhibition during 2024 in a street-front space at The Briggait cultural hub in central Glasgow, courtesy of Wasps.
Entries to the Highland Art Prize are invited through local Art Associations (or other similar bodies) across the Highland and Islands. Each organisation can submit a maximum of five works to the exhibition, out of which there is no limitation on the number by any one artist.
The announcement of the winner of the 2023 Highland Art Prize will be made during the Royal National Mòd in Paisley in October this year. The prize-giving will take place at the Wasps landmark venue The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ – and we will share news of our judge and the timing of the presentation in due course. The winner of the Highland Art Prize 2023 will be selected by Ishbel Murray. Originally from the Isle of Lewis, Ishbel attended the Glasgow School of Art before training as a lecturer of the Gaelic language. She has now relocated back to Lewis, but continues to travel across Scotland as part of her role on the board of the Gaelic Books Council. Ishbel is also a former artist tenant with Wasps at The Briggait, and has exhibited in the gallery spaces that are now hosting the Highland Art Prize 2023.