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’.

The judges will be looking for the most interesting and engaging interpretation of the idea of ‘Friends’ within the parameters of portraiture