Portrait Prize 2017

27 July — 19 August 2017

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John Williams ARBSA
Winter, Oil

As part of our work to support artists the RBSA stages
‘Prize’ exhibitions to provide artists with the opportunity
to show their work and the chance to be rewarded for their
talents. Our fifth biennial ‘Portrait Prize’ exhibition aims to
become one of the most prestigious outside London.

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Call for entries - How to enter

NOW CLOSED - list of selected works in upper-right corner

The application pack will be ready to download from this page about 6 weeks before the deadline for entries on Wednesday 7 June.

Click the link on the top right to download the application pack or send a SAE to the gallery. Please use Adobe® Reader® (free software) if completing the application pack on a computer.

This exhibition is open to all portrait artists working in all media*. All entries are to be made by digital submission.

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Results of the exhibition will be available from this webpage by 4pm on Friday 7 July. Click the link on the top right to download the exhibition catalogue.

Deadline to enter

Entry form, digital file(s) of the portrait(s) entered and entry fee must be received by 4pm on Wednesday 7 June.

Paying your entry fee online

Using your card details or your PayPal account please choose from the drop down menu below then click the red button. (unavailable to artists paying discounted fee).

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Troubleshooting download problems

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If you are still unable to download the application pack after checking the above, please try to right click the link and choose 'Save link as'.

If none of the above enables you to download the application pack, please click here to contact us and we will be happy to send it to you via email.

* Except photography

The RBSA gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support provided by all the prize donors: the GMC Trust and anonymous donors.


Key Dates

  • Gallery 2
    27 July — 19 August 2017

    With a £1,000 top prize, our fifth biennial Portrait Prize exhibition promises to attract talent from across the country.