The Society offers a number of major prizes each year and they are awarded through the annual exhibition.
Digital submission opens:
Digital submission notification:
available now for those who submitted work
Friday 7 & Saturday 8 March only, 10am – 5pm
You can still bring work in to 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1y 5BD on the dates above.
Thursday 13 March, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work:
Saturday 22 March, 10am – 5pm
Open to the public:
Thursday 8 May, 10am – 5pm
Friday 23 May, 5pm
Collection of unsold work:
Thursday 29 May, 10am – 5pm
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 an optional but recommended digital pre-selection which opens on 14th November and an actual Selection of the works themselves on 7th and 8th March.
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 it onto the pre-selection website.
This year 120 works were selected from the open section to show alongside our Members’ work and were eligible for the many prizes and awards offered through the show:-
The submission fee is £12 per work (or £6 per work for all artists aged 35 or under)
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
The Society offers a number of major prizes each year and they are awarded 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 Arts Club Charitable Trust Award in association with The Arts Club £1,000 to the most deserving artist in the exhibition, as judged by a representative from the Charitable Trust.
Many exhibiting artists benefit from commissions as a result of showing ; we run a service to help match people to artists during the show
The Bulldog Portrait Bursary is awarded independently
£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.