The RP Award

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is delighted to announce a new £2,000 prize for portraiture. The RP Award, for which all works shown in the Annual Exhibition are 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’.…

Contemporary Arts Trust Award

Contemporary Arts Trust traces its roots back to June 1999. The Trust’s objective is to assist deserving artists who show promise; to encourage them to remain in the arts and continue on their creative journey. Contemporary Arts Trust encourages every discipline within the Fine Applied Arts. Since its formation, the Trust has given more than £375,000 in…

Simon David photographed by Aliona Adrianova

Aliona Adrianova – Artist in the Portrait

Alongside our annual painted portrait exhibition there will be an exhibition of photography. As part of the ‘In the Studio‘ project Aliona Adrianova portrait photographer, was invited to capture Royal Society of Portrait Painters member artists in their creative spaces where they spend most of their time, thinking, researching, experimenting and creating work. She visited artists in their…

Sir Tom Courteney with Isobel Peachey at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' Private View. Photo-Hannah Burton

Famous faces

Our Annual Portrait Exhibition at Mall Galleries in May will include many quality portraits, some of which will be of faces you might recognise including HM The Queen, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Eavis founder of the Glastonbury Festival,  Sir Alan Parker, film director of Bugsy Malone and Evita fame, as well as author and Illustrator Raymond Briggs,…

portrait prize winner Bernadett Timko, Lucas etching

Pre-selection results

This year the number of  submissions has increased by 9%.  There were 2142 works entered online as the first stage of the judging process for the open entry of our  2018 exhibition For the second stage of the two-part process, the actual portraits are brought to London to seen by the judging panel.  The panel is…

Sam Dalby unveiling his painting at Girton College for People's Portraits, our permanent collection

New Addition to our permanent collection

RP member Sam Dalby’s portrait of his friend, Justin Eckersley, has been donated to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’  ‘People’s Portraits’ collection at Girton College, Cambridge. The new addition was unveiled at a reception in September where Sam gave an illuminating talk about the painting.   Established in 2000, the permanent display is a…