ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show 2022

The Meffan’s Winter Show started as the “Christmas Extravaganza”, an open exhibition with a purchase-prize offered to enhance the Angus fine art collection with innovative and exciting work.

This annual show is now a key event in the Scottish arts calendar, providing an opportunity for artists of all levels based in Scotland to exhibit their work. This year sees its return following a 2 year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, marking 30 years of the popular art exhibition.

Through the contributions of artists awarded prizes at the Winter Show, Angus has continued to develop a vibrant collection of art to be treasured for future generations.

The 2019 show attracted over 240 artworks for consideration from professional and amateur artists resident all across Scotland working in many different media. Over 180 pieces were selected for the exhibition in Forfar’s Meffan Museum & Art Gallery. As well as showcasing their work in this open exhibition, each of the selected artists had the opportunity for their work to be chosen to become part of a public collection.

ANGUSalive’s Museums & Galleries team look forward to welcoming artists and art lovers to the ANGUSalive Meffan Winter Show 2022 which open on Saturday 12 November 2022.

Call for Entries

ANGUSalive invites artists, designers and craftspeople from all over Scotland to be part of our biggest annual exhibition of contemporary art, the Meffan Winter Show. All pieces will be eligible for the ANGUSalive Purchase Prize of £1,500 and the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize of £1,000. We also have the Visitors' Choice Award, a prize of £200 which is exclusively for amateur category artwork and chosen by public vote.

You can submit work from Monday 12 September, 2022.

Who can enter?

Both professional and amateur artists at all stages in their careers who are resident in Scotland may enter the Winter Show. All work will be curated and displayed together.

To support the selection panel and inform our visitors about you, you are welcome to say that you consider yourself an amateur artist and that you would like your work to be considered for the Visitors’ Choice Award.

What can I enter?

All visual disciplines are welcome including art, design and craft. We are looking for original and exciting work in any visual medium. We would love to see your paintings, sculptures, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, illustrations, photography, film, anything! Please surprise us with your work. Submission is via our online entry submission system

Information for Exhibitors

Online submissions open Monday 12 September 2022

Online submissions close Monday 10 October 2022, 5pm

Artists notification of pre selection Friday 21 October 2022

Receiving days

Thursday 27 October 2022                         11.00am - 3.00pm

Friday 28 October 2022                              11.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 29 October 2022                         11.00am - 3.00pm

Final selection of work

Monday 7 November 2022

Published List of Selected Works

Friday 10 November 

Winter Show Preview

Friday 11 November 2022 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Please RSVP forfarmuseum@angusalive if you wish to attend

Exhibition open

12 November 2022 – 7 January 2023 Thursday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

Two purchase prizes are awarded, the ANGUSalive Purchase Prize of up to £1,500 and the Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize of up to £1,000. There is also a Visitor's Choice prize of £200.


Congratulations to Liudmila Pisliakova who was announced the winner on Friday 13 December 2019 (pictured below right).

Last Winter Show prize winners were announced at the Preview Night on Friday 15 November 2019:

ANGUSalive Purchase Prize

Lunan Bay [oil] by Karenina Johnson
Caddam Woods [photograph] by Finn Davie

Asha [oil on board] by Robert Farrow
Fresco [oil on woodblock] by Sylvia Tarvet
Glamis Castle [ink, acrylic and additional mixed media] by Alistair Campbell

Congratulations to Finn Davie and Karenina Johnson. The works Caddam Woods (photograph) and Lunan Bay (oil) respectively will become part of the Angus Council Collections managed by ANGUSalive.

The winning artists were also presented with tulip wood quaich’s produced by Forfar Academy pupils.

Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize

Regeneration [mixed media] by Avril Cunningham

Butterfly Specimen Case [embroidery] by Tzipporah Johnston

Congratulations to Avril Cunningham. The winning artwork becomes part of the Angus Council Collections managed by ANGUSalive.

Pictured below left are prize winners Karenina Johnson, Finn Davie, Avril Cunningham and Councillor Proctor.

Visitors’ Choice Award

ANGUSalive also offers the Visitors’ Choice Award, a prize of £200 which is exclusively for amateur category artwork and chosen by public vote.