10am to 5pm

Open until 7pm on Tuesdays

(closed all day on Sunday 26 April)

16 April 2015 to 1 May 2015
Main Gallery, North Gallery & Threadneedle Space

Admission £3, £2.50 concession. Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, National Art Pass holders and under 18s

Something to talk about 

Complementing this annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which showcases some of the most outstanding and innovative portraits by artists working in Great Britain and around the world today, is a brand NEW prize, ‘Conversations’, generously sponsored by Seven Investment Management. Worth £15,000 to the winning artist, ‘Conversations’ adds a further dimension to this high profile and popular exhibition, which includes new work by member artists, as well as paintings selected from open submission.

The exhibition encourages subjects ranging from informal sketches of friends and family to large-scale commissions and well-known faces. All are painted or drawn in a wide variety of styles and media.

See the Shortlist for the 'Conversations' Prize now

Something to look at 

This year, there will also be an opportunity to view a selection of members’ works from the People’s Portraits collection, housed at Girton College, Cambridge.

Prizes include the prestigious £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and Gold Medal for the most outstanding portrait in the exhibition, the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Prize and Silver Medal for an artist under 35, £2,000 Burke's Peerage Foundation Prize for the most 'classically inspired' portrait in the exhibition, the £2,000 Prince of Wales Drawing Prize and the £15,000 Seven Investment Management’s ‘Conversations’ Prize.

View the Prize Winners

Something to do 

For those inspired by what they discover, our Commissions Consultants are available in the Galleries throughout the exhibition.

Mall Galleries talk on Portrait Painters in the Studio by Sarah Jane Moon on Tuesday 28 April, 2pm.

Booking essential.


Banner image: Brendan Kelly RP - Fabio (detail)

Exhibiting artists

Jennifer Anderson
Nathalie Beauvillian Scott
Olga Bodrova
Peter Bowen
Martin Brooks
John Burke
Carl Chapple
Tomas Clayton
Belinda Crozier
Merrie Curtis-Fuller
Lantian D
Helen Davison
Michele Del Campo
Susana Derossi
Ajay Deshpande
Pheobe Dickinson
Paul Harber
Julia Hawkins
Peter Holt
Florence Houston
Tom Hughes
Toby Hunt
Hero Johnson
Jiri Keller
Phillip King
George Lawrence-Brown
Edward Lawrenson
Elena Lelen
Helen Lloyd-Elliot
David Maiden
Kenny McKendry
A K Newington
Ashley Ogilvy
Tanvi Pathare
Helen Perkins
Sophie Ploeg
Paulina Pluto
Caroline Poole
Emily Porter-Salmon
Nigel Rose
Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco
Charlie Schaffer
Teri Anne Scoble
Fiona Scott
Kim Scouller
Sue Side
Liane Stevenson
Yanko Tihov
Stella Tooth
Nicole Michelle Tully
Nikolaos Tzoumas
Marco Ventura
Mark Walter
Colin Watson
Graeme Wilcox

Selected Works


Oil, 40 cm x 30 cm, £1,500


Ajay Deshpande
Oil, 30 cm x 25 cm, SOLD


Ajay Deshpande
Oil, 30 cm x 25 cm, £300

Lord Julian Fellowes

Teri Anne Scoble
Oil, 41 cm x 31 cm, NFS


Claire Anscomb
Graphite, 28 cm x 35 cm, SOLD


Caroline Bays
Charcoal, 83 cm x 76 cm, £850


Nathalie Beauvillain Scott
Oil, 45 cm x 35 cm, £9,000

Self Portrait (Part 1, 2 and 3)

Francis Bell Assoc RP
Oil, 53 cm x 58 cm, NFS


Tim Benson PROI NEAC
Oil, 31 cm x 26 cm, £1,050


Tim Benson PROI NEAC
Oil, 31 cm x 26 cm, £1,050

Lady Buckinghamshire

Jane Bond RP NEAC
Oil, 79 cm x 74 cm, NFS

Peter Green, Headmaster of Ardingly College 2007 - 2014

Jane Bond RP NEAC
Oil, 82 cm x 74 cm, NFS

Tom Ward-Thomas

Peter Bowen
Oil, 45 cm x 35 cm, £1,200

A Small Self

Jason Bowyer PS PPNEAC RP
Oil, 38 cm x 38 cm, £1,500

Eleonora and Sibylla (Study)

Paul Brason RP
Pencil, 89 cm x 94 cm, NFS

Mary Rees-Mogg

Paul Brason RP
Pencil, 61 cm x 46 cm, NFS

Sir Alan Battersby

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 97 cm x 107 cm, NFS


Ilsa Brittain
OIl, 30 cm x 23 cm, SOLD


Martin Brooks
Oil, 54 cm x 64 cm, £3,500

Ella at the Door and in the Hall

Oil, 92 cm x 59 cm, £8,250

Ella on the Plan Chest

Oil, 38 cm x 33 cm, £2,250

Hattie Asleep, Summer '14

Pencil, 36 cm x 33 cm, NFS

Related events

Emma Hopkins, Geri Morgan
Special event
16 April 2015 to 19 April 2015
Emerging Artists, Emma Hopkins and Sarah Jane Moon give us a glimpse into the inner workings behind the finished portrait.
Robin-Lee Hall
Artist Workshop
23 April 2015
Spend the day studying portrait drawing with Robin-Lee Hall PRP
Christa Holka
28 April 2015
Illustrated talk by Bulldog Bursary winner Sarah-Jane Moon
Antony Williams
Artist Workshop
30 April 2015
Spend the day studying portrait drawing with Antony Williams RP NEAC PS.