The Society offers a number of major prizes each year and they are awarded through the annual exhibition.
Online submission opens: Monday 2 November 2015, 12 noon
Online submission closes: Friday 29 January 2016, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 12 February, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 27 February, 10am – 5pm
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 1 March, 12 noon
Unaccepted collection: Thursday 3 March, 10am – 5pm
Exhibition open: Thursday 5 May, 10am – 5pm (open until 7pm on Tuesdays)
Exhibition closes: Friday 20 May, 5pm
Unsold collection: Thursday 26 May, 10am – 5pm
Image: Paint Pot and Brushes by Dennis Syrett PPROI
Our London annual exhibition is open to anybody over 18 from any country.
Exhibiting artists are awarded prizes and receive enquiries from people wishing to commission a portrait.
This prestigious exhibition showcases about 200 recent portraits. It is made up of portraits selected from the works submitted to the open-entry alongside work by our eminent members. It takes place at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.
There is a two-part entry procedure. First a digital pre-selection which is currently open (see dates left), then the actual portraits selected through the pre-selection are brought in for the judging.
The digital pre-selection allows artists to submit work without going to the trouble and expense of framing and transporting work unless it has a better chance of actually being selected. Artists enter their work by uploading images under 2mb onto the pre-selection website once the pre-selection has opened.
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 – 0044 (0)1302 711011 Mobile: 07833 450788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mall Galleries The Mall, by Trafalgar Square, London SW1
Conditions 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.
The Society offers a number of major prizes each year through the annual exhibition
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 Prize: £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 Commission 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
Many exhibiting artists benefit from commissions as a result of showing; we run a service to help match people to artists during the show
To stay in touch and get information as it is published please register (bottom right of this page)
* Prizes are subject to final confirmation
£15,000 for the best work interpreting the theme of a conversation piece, including two or more figures.
£2,000 for the most classically inspired portrait in the exhibition
A one off prize of £1,000 marking Seven Investment Management’s first year of sponsorship
A one off £20,000 prize which aimed to push the boundaries of self representation in painting and drawing with a £20,000 self portrait prize.
See the winning work
£10,000 plus the Society’s GOLD MEDAL awarded for the most distinguished painting in the Society’s annual exhibition.
The Changing Faces Prize is awarded to the artist whose portrait best conveys the energy of their subject, the directness of their gaze and an attitude that exudes openness and confidence. The Prize is a £2,000 commission to produce a portrait of a person with an unusual-looking face for the Changing Faces Collection.
The Prince of Wales’s Drawing School Award for Portrait Drawing: £2,000 and framed certificate for work in a recognised drawing medium.
The de Lazlo Prize of £3,000 and a silver medal for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under.