16 September 2020 to 26 September 2020

11am to 5pm

Open until 7pm on Thursdays - 17 & 24 September

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In all three gallery spaces

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

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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.

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Selected Works

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Claire Cartwright

Robbie Wraith RP

Pencil & Charcoal
29 x 22 (53 x 46 cm framed)

Studio Portrait

Robbie Wraith RP

28 x 20 (41 x 31 cm framed)

Yvonne Eller

Robbie Wraith RP

Pencil & Charcoal
71 x 51 (76 x 56 cm framed)

Hydra (Naked Self Portrait with Plastic Pipe, From Life)

Craig Wylie

190 x 148 (195 x 153 cm framed)

Philippa (From Life)

Craig Wylie

41 x 36 (46 x 41 cm framed)

Girl, 2019

Rugile Zukaite

30 x 24 (34 x 28 cm framed)

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David Caldwell RP demonstrating his portrait painting technique live from his studio
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23 September 2020
Online talk by Lachlan Goudie ROI