TWO local artists from the Scottish Borders have been selected for the inaugural Scottish Landscape Awards.

Quarry 4, Blue by Andrew Mackenzie, Stow and Yugen II by Elaine Henderson, Hawick are two of 133 artworks selected from 2,800 entries to the country’s newest open call to artists.

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Quarry 4, Blue takes its starting point from a small, abandoned quarry near where Andrew Mackenzie lives in Stow, a tree-grown hollow between fields on a hillside which he drew and photographed repeatedly in winter 2021.

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The exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre is the biggest and most ambitious survey of contemporary landscape art in Scotland today and includes emerging artists alongside established professionals.

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Each of the selected works reflect all dimensions of natural and man-made environments including those that are imaginary, surreal, abstract, documentary, ecological and realistic across a wide range of media – from painting, sculpture, drawing and miniatures, to film, animation, audioscapes and virtual reality.

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The judging panel included influential art-world figures Ade Adesina RSA, Marian Leven RSA, David Mach RA HRSA, Barbara Rae RA CBE RA RSA RSW (chair), and Jane and Louise Wilson RA.

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The £10,000 first prize winners were named as Kate Davis and David Moore for their haunting and lyrical artwork ‘BASS ROCK’.

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Open to anyone over 16 years, born, living or studying in Scotland, regardless of experience, the Scottish Landscape Awards is Scotland’s newest and biggest prize for contemporary landscape art, giving visibility to a mix of well-established artists as well as newcomers across a diversity of styles.

It is managed by the Scottish Arts Trust, a registered charity dedicated to promoting the arts in Scotland which also manages the Scottish Portrait Awards. The next Scottish Landscape Awards will be held in 2025.

The Scottish Landscape Awards exhibition continues at City Art Centre, Edinburgh until 3 March 2024. Open daily from 10.00 to 17.00; admission free