STIRLING artists and creatives are being encouraged to put ideas forward and design trophies for the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award.

The Albert Halls was last week announced as the venue for the awards night, which will take place on Thursday, October 26.

As part of The SAY Award’s host city partnership with Stirling, the artist or designer selected for 2023’s commission will once again be based in the Stirling Council area.

The commissioned artist will be tasked with designing an award with sustainability at the forefront.

Stirling-based studio Art Futuro created last year’s award – a natural slate veneer trophy, which also functions as a high-end Bluetooth speaker. 

Last year's award winners included Fergus McCreadie,winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, Berta Kennedy, who scooped The Sound of Young Scotland Award, and Cocteau Twins who were named winners of the Modern Scottish Classic.

Expressions of interest for this unique creative design commission are open until midnight on Friday, August 4, with Stirling’s artists given the chance to create awards for some of Scotland’s most outstanding musical talent.

Council leader Chris Kane said: “This is an amazing opportunity for Stirling’s artists and makers to showcase their skills on the national stage, with the great and the good of Scotland’s music industry descending on the city.

“Stirling is home to a vibrant and diverse creative scene so I know there will be significant interest in securing this prestigious commission and I look forward to seeing the high-quality and innovative entries over the coming weeks.”

Artists and creatives can click here for more details.