11am to 5pm

Open until 7pm on Thursdays - 17 & 24 September

Browse & Buy Now

16 September 2020 to 26 September 2020
In all three gallery spaces

Booking will be required - watch this space for updates.

£5, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries and under 25s. Concessions available. 

Make a Donation

Exhibition Admission is usually £5. If you have enjoyed viewing the exhibition online, and could consider making a donation to help us through this period of closure, any amount would be greatly appreciated.

There is always so much to enjoy in this exhibition, from the faces depicted in the portraits, both famous and unfamiliar, to the wide variety of high-quality paintings. It is a celebration of the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and internationally.

Unlike other portrait exhibitions, it is rigorously selected by professional portrait painters who themselves have been elected by their peers to the Society.  It is one of the world’s most extensive contemporary portrait exhibitions forming a showcase of some 200 works.

Prizewinners will be announced online on Wednesday 16 September, 5pm

View the exhibition online now

To encourage this unique genre, we run a commissions service throughout the show to help you commission a work of your own.

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Selected Works

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition

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Love Disfigure

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 147 x 105 cm, £15,000
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Nick Taylor

Alastair Adams PPRP
Oil, 101 x 79 cm, NFS
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Head of a Girl

Victor Ambrus PS
Pastel & conté, 56 x 36 cm, £2,600
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Young Girl, Seated

Victor Ambrus PS
Pastel, pencil & conté, 46 x 36 cm, £2,400
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Drifter

Jennifer Anderson
Oil, 140 x 110 cm, £4,500
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Unravelled

Jennifer Anderson
Oil, 85 x 120 cm, £4,200
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Rachel

Jeremy Andrews
Oil, 69 x 54 cm, £7,856
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Elizaveta

Thomas Arthurton
Oil, 64 x 54 cm, £4,500
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Elya in Ukrainian National Dress

Thomas Arthurton
Oil, 128 x 67 cm, £6,000
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Self Portrait Orange Collar

Helen Bartholomew
Oil, 24 x 18 cm, £400
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A Hot Day in August

Frances Bell RP
Oil, 140 x 170 cm, NFS
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Cressida Dick

Frances Bell RP
Oil, 85 x 100 cm, NFS
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Katie

Frances Bell RP
Oil, 80 x 90 cm, NFS
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Elisabetta

Ulrike Belloni
Oil, 60 x 50 cm, NFS
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Angled Selfie

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP
Oil, 41 x 36 cm, £1,600
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Bearded Man

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP
Oil, 30.5 x 24 cm, SOLD
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Hugh

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP
Oil, 61 x 51 cm, £2,500
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Philip

Tim Benson PROI NEAC RP
Oil, 183 x 152 cm, £20,000
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Isaac

Ashley Birch
Graphite, 52 x 39 cm, NFS
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Heleen Lindsay-Fynn DL, High Sheriff of Devon 2017-2018

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 134 x 92 cm, NFS
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Professor Mary Fowler, Master, Darwin College, Cambridge

Paul Brason RP
Oil, 162 x 117 cm, NFS
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Jago

Martin Brooks
Oil, 67 x 67 cm, SOLD
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Murmuration

Martin Brooks
Oil, 78 x 97 cm, £3,250
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Portrait of a Young Man

Martin Brooks
Oil, 97 x 78 cm, £3,250

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Artist demonstration
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David Caldwell RP demonstrating his portrait painting technique live from his studio
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Artist demonstration
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Andrew James RP NEAC demonstrating his portrait painting technique from his studio via webcam
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