W. Gordon Smith Painting Competition

12 Jan 2016 – 30 Jan 2016

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Exhibition Open January 12th - 30th, 2016
Monday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5.30pm

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Dovecot Studios Ltd

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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This exhibition includes selected entries from the W. Gordon Smith painting Competition celebrating contemporary Scottish painting. All works are for sale with proceeds going directly to the Artist.


W. Gordon Smith was Scotland on Sunday’s art and theatre critic and columnist for many years and we are celebrating his life by launching this Competition in association with Scotland on Sunday with Prize money totalling £15.000.

As well as an art critic W. Gordon Smith was a distinguished author, dramatist and film-maker, and his understanding of how the different art forms such as poetry, painting, music, theatre, film, etc. are interconnected gave his critical writing a special insight and authority.  His work as a dramatist proved equally successful with plays such as Jock, Knox  and Vincent  becoming part of the canon of contemporary Scottish theatre.   A pioneer of televised arts programmes in Scotland, his series of films (Scope and Spectrum) for BBC Scotland throughout the late 1960’s and 1970’s are perhaps his greatest legacy.  They now constitute a unique archive of cultural production in 20th century Scotland to be used and enjoyed by future generations.

The progress made by the arts in Scotland over the past 50 years is unmistakeable as is W. Gordon Smith’s contribution.  Throughout his life he worked selflessly and tirelessly on behalf of art and artists.  This new Competition offers a wonderful opportunity, for all artists, to both celebrate and continue his lifetime’s work.

Entries were invited from artists working in Scotland and Scottish artists working throughout the UK and abroad.

This exhibition of successful entries will be presented at the Dovecot Gallery, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh 12-30th January 2016. Works sold throughout the Exhibition will not be liable to any commission. 

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