Final Selection for the Royal Society of Portrait Artists Annual Exhibition has been announced

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

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

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

Important Dates

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.

Works should be delivered without any protective packaging as this cannot be retained.

The gallery will not be responsible for wrapping works or providing wrapping materials for any works being returned.

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