The Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Call for Entries 2017
Dates for artists wishing to submit work for our open portrait exhibition:
Submission opens: Monday 17 October 2016, 12 noon
Submission closes: Friday 20 January 2017, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 27 January, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]
Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 25 February, 10am – 5pm
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 28 February, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 2 March, 10am – 5pm
Exhibition open: Thursday 4 May, 10am – 5pm
Exhibition closes: Friday 19 May, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 25 May, 10am – 5pm
Prizes & Awards
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture: £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most distinguished painting 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 Changing Faces Prize: £2,000 commission to produce a portrait of a person with a disfigurement for the Changing Faces collection
The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award: £2,000 and framed certificate for the most classically inspired portrait in the exhibition
The Smallwood Architects Prize: £1,000 for a portrait in which architectural or interior features play an important part
- Any artist over 18 may submit.
- Acceptable media: Any medium including original prints but excluding sculpture.
- 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).
- Maximum of three works submitted.
- Maximum of three works selected.
- Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
- Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.
- Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists submitting work from outside the UK and EU must be registered BEFORE they submit online. Artists without a UK residence (known as ‘NETPs’ – non-established taxable persons) can find further details on ‘NETP’ status and how to register for VAT at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading ‘Should I be registered for VAT?’ Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0845 010 9000 or, if your call is from outside the UK, +44 2920501 261.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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How to submit
ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:
- Upload images of work at registrationmallgalleries.org.uk [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]
- Check registrationmallgalleries.org.uk on to see if your work has been pre-selected
- If pre-selected, deliver your work to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
- Check mallgalleries.org.uk on to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition
- If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD