London, United Kingdom

Peter Davis

Age Group

A Level




Peter Davis a professional fine artist and passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation of artists. He delivers his acrylic portrait painting workshop to secondary schools across the UK and is happy to tailor his portrait workshop and activities to fit in with Key Stage 4 and A level curriculums. Peter is an elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) and the Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP). His work is held in both public and private collections, and he has been shortlisted twice for ‘Artist of the Year’ by Artists & Illustrators, the UK’s leading art magazine. In 2020, he was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize, Britain's foremost contemporary painting competition. As well as being a prize-winning artist, Peter is the archivist for MAFA and has written and published an art history book. In addition to delivering his portrait workshop to schools, he also gives artist talks to schools, art groups and societies.

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Experience in Schools

Peter’s full-day acrylic portrait painting workshop can be tailored to fit the needs and budget of your school. A typical day starts with him talking about his approach to portraiture, explaining artistic process (including demo), layering and using colour. He would then work with the group on a portrait project and spend time with each student, giving practical 1-2-1 guidance to help them develop their own portrait painting skills. His teaching approach is very helpful, energetic and practical.

Areas I Cover

North East & Cumbria
North West
West Midlands
Yorkshire & the Humber

Max Group Size

30 students

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  • Qualifications include art foundation, art and design degree and accredited professional speaker.
  • Exhibitions

  • Selected exhibitions:
  • 2017 Artists & Illustrators Magazine 'Artists of the Year' - Mall Galleries, London
  • 2017 Warrington Contemporary - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
  • 2018 Zeitgeist - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
  • 2018 RBSA Prize Exhibition - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
  • 2018 Greater Manchester Arts Prize - Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
  • 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize - York Art Gallery
  • 2018 ING Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries, London
  • 2019 Artists & Illustrators Magazine 'Artists of the Year' - Mall Galleries, London
  • 2019 RBSA Prize Exhibition - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
  • 2019 Greater Manchester Arts Prize - Bolton Museum & Art Gallery
  • 2019 RBSA Portrait Prize - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
  • 2020 Portraits For NHS Heroes - The Net Gallery
  • 2020 The Castlegate Prize - Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria
  • 2020/1 New Light Prize (touring) - Scarborough, Newcastle, Carlisle & London
  • 2021 John Moores Painting Prize 2020 - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
  • 2021 The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour - Gallery Oldham
  • 2022 Contemporary British Portrait Painters 2022 - The Dept Store, London
  • 2022/3 Warrington Contemporary - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
  • 2023 The meditation of drawing (MAFA) - Manchester Cathedral
  • 2023 New Light Prize - Williamson Art Gallery