The following awards were made at this year's Annual Exhibition at the Private View on Friday 6th October
The GSWA Special Award was presented to Yvonne Taylor for her painting "Three's Company"
The McCreadie Award was presented to Nancy Smillie for her "Ceramic Bowl with Gold"
The Blythswood Square Quaich went to Mary Davidson for her painting "The Three Vases"
The Louise Annand Salver went to Sandra Blane for her painting "Safely Landed"
Congratulations to these members for their excellent work.
The society has 8 awards. The Blythswood Square Quaich and the Louise Annand Salver are presented each year at the main exhibition held at the Lillie Art Gallery. The others are made as and when investment interest permits. The oldest is the Lauder Award arising from a bequest made by Gertrude Annie Lauder, a long standing member of the Lady Artists. Another Lady Artist was Agnes McCreadie, who died in 1987, leaving a sum of money to the Society that was generously increased by her three sisters in 1990. More recent legacies have been received from the estates of Flora Wood, Jan Bruce and Louise Annand all past artist members of GSWA.
In 1989 the first independently sponsored award was gifted by the Scottish Amicable Assurance Society to encourage interest int the work of women artists. This was quickly followed by a second independent award that took the form of a silver Quaich presented by the RSAC whose head office was adjacent to the Lady Artists Club at No 5 Blythswood Square. A special award funded by the Society was started in 1998. It is known as the GSWA Special Award.
The awards are open to all exhibitors with the exception of the McCreadie Award, which is restricted to Applied Arts particularly in Textiles and Embroidery. No one exhibitor may receive the same Award within a period of three years.
Recent GSA graduate Iona Lundy receives her prize of a years free membership of GSWA. Iona was picked by council members from a selection of new graduates.