– 10am to 5pm

Annual Exhibition 2024


The Mall Galleries is a welcoming space for both established and emerging talent.

As one of the world’s great forums for portraiture, the annual exhibition showcases the very best painted and drawn portraits selected from national and international submissions.


“No year is ever the same but there is something reassuringly constant about the RP show. Don’t conflate constancy with anything ordinary, however. You will see fresh and sometimes surprising work by painters you know well, and you’ll see portraits by artists who are new to you.”

-Anthony Connolly – President


Celebrating the best

in contemporary portraiture

The RP contains a broad collection of stylistic and intellectual approaches that continue to make a significant contribution to the ongoing tradition of portraiture in Britain today. The Society looks to uphold the values and practices of its long and distinguished history, but at the same time, it seeks to explore and develop new artistic models and perspectives.







The Society presents the following prizes and awards annually:


  • The William Lock Portrait Prize
  • The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture
  • The de Laszlo Foundation Award
  • The RP Prize for the Best Small Portrait
  • The Raw Umber Studios Prize
  • The Smallwood Architects Prize for Contextual Portraiture









Miriam Escofet, 'Portrait of Joanna George'

Booking is not required.

£5, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries and under 25s. Concessions available.



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Mall Galleries

North, East & West Galleries,

The Mall, by Trafalgar Square, London