Portrait Prize exhibition

16 July — 22 August 2015

Our biennial ‘Portrait Prize’ exhibition takes a new direction this year, with the RBSA teaming up with the charity Changing Faces. Over one million people in the UK have a condition, injury or illness affecting their appearance and Changing Faces provides emotional and practical support whilst campaigning for face equality.

Part of this exhibition will therefore show how portraiture enables everyone to explore their response to disfigurement with confidence, by revealing the richness and diversity of faces. There will also be specially-selected artwork on show from the Changing Faces collection.

Open to all portrait artists and including top cash prizes worth over £3,000, this exhibition continues to attract talented portraitists from across the UK. One lucky recipient will also win the Changing Faces Midlands Prize for Portraiture, receiving a £1,500 commission to paint a portrait of a person who has a facial disfigurement for the Changing Faces Collection.

Interested in commissioning a portrait? It can be easier than you think. Why not visit the exhibition and commission a portrait of your family, friend or yourself from an artist whose style you like? Ask a Gallery Assistant for details. If you commission a portrait worth £500 or more during this exhibition you will receive a voucher of up to £200!**

Don’t forget to vote in the People’s Choice Prize, vote during your visit to the exhibition. Ask a Gallery Assistant for details.

Deadline to enter

The call for entries is now closed. Click the link on the top right to download the application pack for reference only. Click the link on the top right to download the application pack for your reference.

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Click the link on the top right to download the exhibition catalogue and find out the list of selected artists.

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The RBSA gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support provided by the charity Changing Faces, the Roughley Trust and the Douglas Turner Trust as well as all the prize donors donated by Changing Faces, the GMC Trust, Samuel Bath Ltd, Harris Moore, Maguire Jackson and Clairefontaine.




* Except photography

** Receive a £100 voucher if you spend £500 - £999.
Receive a £150 voucher if you spend £1,000 - £1,499.
Receive a £200 voucher if you spend £1,500 or above. Voucher valid for 12 months from date of purchase and issued when commission has been paid in full. Offer valid Thu 16 July - Sat 22 August. No minimum spend for use of voucher.

Key Dates

  • Gallery 2
    16 July — 22 August 2015

    Call for entries open to all portrait artists. Prizes worth over £3,000. Our fourth biennial ‘Portrait Prize’ exhibition aims to become one of the most prestigious outside London.