Final Selection for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters has been announced

Annual Exhibition 2019 | Final Selection

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If your registration numbers are not listed, your work has not been accepted on this occasion.

Important Dates

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 28 February, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 9 May, 10am to 5pm*

*late night opening, until 7pm, on Tuesdays (14 & 21 May)

Exhibition closes: Friday 24 May, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 30 May, 10am to 5pm



  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Any medium including original prints but excluding sculpture and photography.
  • Submission fee: £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under), which includes Free Admission to the exhibition (normally £4).
  • Work must have been completed in the last three years and not been exhibited in London previously.
  • Minimum sale price: £300 (Although works may be 'NFS', not for sale - if your work is not for sale, please input the price as '0' when prompted).
  • The price of works for sale must include 45%+VAT commission.

  • Maximum of three works submitted.
  • Maximum of three works selected.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.

Delivery & Collection

  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
  • We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
  • Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.
  • Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.


  • The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and rotates annually.
  • Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

  • Artists from outside the UK may need to register for VAT, please check with HM Revenue and Customs:
  • Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post Art as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post Art - Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email:

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Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

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

The RP Award: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is delighted to offer a £2,000 prize for portraiture, The RP Award. All works shown in the Annual Exhibition will be eligible. The award will be made to the artist whose work best represents the year's chosen theme - which for 2019 is ‘Skin’. The judges will be looking for the most interesting and engaging interpretation of the idea of ‘Skin’ within the parameters of portraiture. The Society looks forward to receiving new and surprising explorations on the theme. 

The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture: £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most distinguished portrait 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 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: The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award, established by its co-founders Mark Ayre and William Bortrick in 2015, is presented for Classically Inspired Portraiture in the RP Annual Exhibition. It is presented each year with a certificate and a cheque for £2,000.

The Contemporary Arts Trust Award: £1,000 to the most deserving artist in the exhibition

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