RP Exhibitions & Events

Next Annual Portrait Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 5-20 May 2016

‘A significant collection of  the best recent portraits’.

The main exhibition is formed of about 220 works and is in two parts: a cohort of work by our distinguished members and  works by non-member artists who have successfully competed to be included in the show. The exhibition aims to include the best of a wide variety of styles in painted and drawn media.

About the 2015 exhibition

Michael Noakes RP depicted the late veteran actor Sir Donald Sinden and Sue Ryder RP has portrayed the actress Tilda Swinton and her father, General Sir John Swinton. Jennifer Anderson portrayed Neil MacGregor, Director of The British Museum with Dr. Tom Campbell, his counterpart at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stella Tooth has painted the broadcaster Kate Adie, Toby Hunt the disabled veteran Simon Weston and Teri Anne Scoble the actor and screenwriter Lord Fellowes.

From 16 to 19 April, Bulldog Bursary winners, Sarah Jane Moon and Emma Hopkins, used their mini-residency to experiment with alternative ways of sharing their work with audiences as they explore the making of a portrait. Multidisciplinary works interacted with the 19th century architecture of the space, creating an immersive environment. Both artists were present throughout the exhibition to meet visitors and discuss the hidden stories behind their artworks.

There was special showcase of works from the Society’s growing permanent collection ‘People’s Portraits’ to celebrate the 15th anniversary. The full collection is usually on permanent display at Girton College, Cambridge.

Prizes awarded by the Society included, The £15,000 “Conversations” prize, the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, the Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing, the Changing Faces Prize and the de Laszlo Foundation Prize.

Image, Fabio by Brendan Kelly RP

See the 2014 Prize-winners

See portrait catalogues from past years

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Exhibition details


The Mall Galleries

The Mall, by Trafalgar Square


Private View:
(By invitation only)
Open to the Public:

5 May 2016

10am to 5pm

Late nights on Tuesday (7pm)

20 May 2016

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