2019 Call for Portrait Entries

Call for Entries

Unlike other portrait exhibitions, this exhibition is rigorously selected by professional portrait painters who themselves have been elected by their peers to the Society

Take this opportunity to enter your portrait for an important international exhibition, where you could enjoy

    • peer recognition
    • higher profile
    • prizes
    • commissions enquiries



portrait prize winner Bernadett Timko, Lucas etching

Pre-selection results

This year 2,142 portrait works were entered online in the first stage of the judging process for the Open Call of our Annual Exhibition. Excitingly, submission numbers are up 9% on previous years!  For the second and final stage of the submissions process, the physical portraits are brought to London to be seen by the…

Breech! by Ben Sullivan winner of the 2017 BP Portrait Award

Benjamin Sullivan wins BP Portrait Award

In creating ‘Breech!’ Benjamin wanted to celebrate the love that had come into their lives and reflect on the worrisome time that the couple faced during Edith’s birth. Breech! depicts the artist’s wife Virginia breastfeeding their 8 month old daughter Edith, at a time when Sullivan says ‘a sense of calm descended after the usual period disarrangement…

Emma Hopkins, Lucy 100x70 oil on cotton

Rising Stars, two very different new Members

David Caldwell and Emma Hopkins have been elected Membership Artists who represent very different approaches to portraiture.  These new Members have been through the Society’s very rigorous selection process to achieve full Membership.   David Caldwell David Caldwell was born in Helensburgh in the West of Scotland in 1977. He studied at the Glasgow School of…

Harriet Pattinson, In Profile exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Harriet Pattinson

Harriet Pattinson is now painting at her studio in London having trained for three and a half years at Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. She graduated in 2016.  Since then she has been selected from among nearly 2,000 artists for the open section of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ 2017 exhibition.  Harriet likes to paint…

Portrait prize winner Shawn Mcgovern, James winner of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' Ondaatje Portrait Award

2017 Portrait Prize Winners

2017 major portrait prize winners announced. Prizes are awarded for works exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.  This year’s Annual Exhibition runs at Mall Galleries until 19 May 2017 and includes over 200 portraits by more than 100 artists.   The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture Shawn McGovern, James The Ondaatje Prize is the…