Pre-selection for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters will be announced on Friday 26 January


How to Submit

- Check on Friday 26 January 2018, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 24 February, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check on Tuesday 27 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 1 March, 10am to 5pm

Important Dates

Submission closes: Friday 19 January 2018, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 26 January, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 24 February, 10am to 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 27 February, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 1 March, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 10 May, 10am to 5pm (open until 7pm on Tuesdays)

Exhibition closes: Friday 25 May, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 31 May, 10am to 5pm


Any artist over 18 may submit.

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

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.

Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

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 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:

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Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

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

NEW The RP Award: The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is delighted to announce a new £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 the inaugural year, 2018, is ‘Friends’. The judges will be looking for the most interesting and engaging interpretation of the idea of ‘Friends’ 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: £2,000 and framed certificate for the most classically inspired portrait in the exhibition

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

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