Are you interested in portraiture?
From traditional oil painting to abstract acrylic or modern twist; even quick portraits sketched from life can capture so much about a person and the artists. They certainly have more depth than a selfie! I’m sure that if you asked a friend to model for you they would be flattered.
 
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters are pleased to announce a new £2,000 prize for portraiture, The RP Award, which will be awarded to work that represents this year’s chosen theme ‘Friends’. The Society looks forward to receiving an eclectic mix of new and unexpected explorations on this theme.

Artists are invited to submit works alongside members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, selected works will be showcased at their Annual Exhibition which will take place at The Mall Galleries, London in spring 2018.

Any artist over 18 may submit up to three works online here.

There is a submission fee of £15 per piece entered. You may complete your artwork in any chosen medium excluding sculpture.

The deadline to enter your work is by noon Friday 19th January 2018.

 Including the new RP Award there are other prizes and awards to be won:

    The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture: £10,000 plus the Society’s Gold Medal awarded for the most notable painting overall in the Society’s exhibition.

    The de Laszlo Foundation Award: £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 prize for a portrait in any recognised drawing medium

    The Burke’s Peerage Foundation Award: £2,000 prize for the most classically inspired portrait in the exhibition

For further information including dates and entry terms please visit the Portrait Painters site.

Remember you don't have to be part of the RP society to take part, be inspired by these incredible portraits by artists involved.

Cover image: Bernadette Timko, Lucas. Winner of the Prince of Wales Award 2017.