Elected: 2017
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Ms Alison Watt
Artist, Scotland
Alison Watt is regarded as one of the leading painters working in the UK today. While still a student at the Glasgow School of Art, she won the 1987 John Player Portrait Award and was commissioned to paint a portrait of the Queen Mother. Alison has held major solo exhibitions at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Kelvingove Art Gallery & Museum, Fruitmarket Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Perth Museum & Art Gallery. In 2006, she undertook a prestigious residency as Associate Artist at The National Gallery in London which culminated in a landmark solo exhibition at the National Gallery in 2008. Alison was made an OBE in the 2008 New Year Honours for services to Art.