A portrait by HVA Member Melodie Cook has been selected for the forthcoming Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual open exhibition ...

Melodie's work : "Il Principe Tranquillo" (The Tranquil Prince) is a portrait in Pastel and Charcoal over Ink of her son Ciro who was born and grew up in Italy (it measures 70x90 cms) and was selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain's leading portrait artists.

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters hold an annual open submission exhibition in central London each year.  This year about half the work will be by eminent Members of the Society and half by emerging arists selected through the open submission.  With some 200 portraits on show this is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of recent portraits in the country with a special section on self-portraiture.

This year's exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square 9 - 24 May 2013 (10am-5pm daily).

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters have many prizes and awards available to exhibitors, including the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Award.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition
Mall Galleries, The Mall(near Trafalgar Square), London SW1

Tel: 020 7930 6844


MARCH 2013 'Thoughts on Shetland'
HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a degree in Contemporary Textiles in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard'

Photographs by Connie Flynn

Click here to view the series of postcards to-date