The Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition opens

Mall Galleries, London


6-15 May 2021

11am – 4pm

Late-night Wednesday 12 May – 7pm


See the 2021 portrait exhibition online

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Celebrating the best in contemporary portraiture.



Walk through the exhibition with our virtual tour

Come and enjoy, not only the quality of the art but also some well-known characters.

Each of the 200 portraits is a work of art.  It has been chosen on its merit by our portrait painters making this a showcase of the best of current portraiture.

This year there is a mini-theme of Childhood, and The RP Award will be presented for the best portrait on this theme. Other awards include The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, worth £10,000, and The William Lock Portrait Prize of £20,000

The selection of work on display, both from its members and from the open section, makes it the perfect destination for those wishing to commission a portrait. The individuals portrayed span every age and every field of human activity. Portraiture is a fascinating barometer of current trends and holds a mirror up to nature in reflecting life in contemporary Britain.

Our Commissions Consultant, Annabel Elton, will be available to help and advise you during the show.

Entry by ticket only.

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Mall Galleries

The Mall, by Trafalgar Square, London