The RP seeks submissions of new and traditional artistic models and perspectives in portraiture

Submissions are invited to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Annual Exhibition 2017 at Mall Galleries


How to Submit

ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

- Upload images of work at registrationmallgalleries.org.uk between Monday 17 October 2016 and Friday 20 January 2017, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check registrationmallgalleries.org.uk on Friday 27 January, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 25 February, 10am - 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check mallgalleries.org.uk on Tuesday 28 February, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

- If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Thursday 2 March, 10am - 5pm


Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 17 October 2016, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 20 January 2017, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 27 January, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 25 February, 10am - 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 28 February, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 2 March, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 4 May, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: Friday 19 May, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 25 May, 10am - 5pm


Conditions

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).

Work must have been completed in the last three years and not been exhibited in London previously.

Minimum sale price: £300 (Although works can be 'NFS', not for sale - if your work is not for sale, please input the price as '0' when prompted).

Maximum of three works submitted.

Maximum of three works selected.

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

Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.

Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists submitting work from outside the UK and EU must be registered BEFORE they submit online. Artists without a UK residence (known as 'NETPs' - non-established taxable persons) can find further details on 'NETP' status and how to register for VAT at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading 'Should I be registered for VAT?' Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261.

Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post - Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email: info@picturepostcompany.co.uk

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Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:

The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture: £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most distinguished painting in the Society’s annual exhibition

The de Laszlo Foundation Award: £3,000 plus a Silver Medal for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under

The Changing Faces Prize: A £2,000 commission to paint a potrait of a person who has a facial disfigurement for the Changing Faces Collection, awarded to the artist whose portrait most powerfully conveys the energy of their subject

The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing: £2,000 and framed certificate for a portrait in any recognised drawing medium

The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award: £2,000 and framed certificate for the most classically inspired portrait in the exhibition

The Smallwood Architects Prize: £1,000 for a portrait in which architectural or interior features play an important part

NEW Contemporary Arts Trust Award of £1,000


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