Royal Society of Portrait Painters


The Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) is seeking submissions

for their Annual Exhibition and for the new £15,000 “Conversations” Prize

The RP seeks submissions of new and traditional artistic models and perspectives in portraiture. The Society, founded in 1891, upholds the values and practices of its long and distinguished history, but at the same time, seeks to explore and develop new artistic models and perspectives in the endlessly fascinating and relevant discipline of portraiture.

Along with the numerous prizes and awards made during the exhibition, we are pleased to announce the new £15,000 “Conversations” Prize, sponsored by Seven Investment Management. A conversation piece allows for a scene of two or more characters interacting, with each other and/or with the viewer. Works fulfilling this brief will be considered for the Prize as well as the Annual Exhibition.

Submit online now
Find out more about the £15,000 “Conversations” Prize here.

How to Submit

ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which successful artists will be invited to deliver their work to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 6 October 2014, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 9 January 2015, 12 noon

Notification of pre-selection: Friday 16 January
Log in on to see if your work has been pre-selected.

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 14 February, 10am – 5pm

Notification of acceptance: Tuesday 17 February, from 2pm

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 19 February, 10am – 5pm

Exhibition open: 16 April to 1 May, 10am – 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 7 May, 10am – 5pm


Any artist over 18 may submit.

Acceptable media: Any medium including original prints but excluding sculpture.

Submission fee: £15 per work at the time of submitting (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).

Maximum of three works submitted.

Maximum of three works selected.

Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.

For full terms and conditions, click here.

Gallery address:
Mall Galleries
The Mall (near Trafalgar Square)
London, SW1

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