Toby Wiggins studied at the Royal Academy Schools. He has exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal West of England Academy, National Portrait Gallery, Holburne Museum, Bath and The Jerwood Space.

Toby was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2006. He won the Prince of Wales Drawing Award in 2005 and 2013, the Changing Faces Prize in 2006 and the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize for figurative painting in 2009.

In 2006, after winning the BP Travel Award, Toby made portraits of the rural community of Wessex, which were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 2007 and subsequently at Dorset County Museum in 2008.

Toby has been teaching drawing at the Arts University Bournemouth since 2004. From 2005-15, he continued the tradition of artistic practice in the Dorset studio of his friend and mentor the sculptor, Mary Spencer Watson (1913 – 2006), previously her father's studio, the painter George Spencer Watson R.A. (1869 – 1934).


Selected Awards

 2013       Prince of Wales Drawing Prize (RP)

2009       Winner of the Lynn Painter Stainer Prize (Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers)

2007       University of Wales Purchase Prize ( Print Originals, Mall Galleries )

2006       Elected member of the Royal Society Portrait Painters

                BP Travel Award (National Portrait Gallery)

                Changing Faces Prize (RP)

2005       Prince of Wales Drawing Prize (RP)

2004      appointed Visiting Tutor at the Arts University College, Bournemouth



1996-1999              Royal Academy Schools, London. MA in Painting

1991-1994              Falmouth College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art,

1990-1991              Bournemouth College of Art and Design, Foundation Diploma


Selected Exhibitions

2003- 2019                          ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual show, Mall Galleries, London

2004-8/2012                       ‘Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy, London

2003/4/5/7                       ‘Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London

2003/4/6/7                       ‘BP Portrait Award’, National Portrait Gallery, London

2007/8/9                             Bournemouth University Arts Loan

2019 Mani. Painting the Southern Peloponnese, The Hellenic Centre,London

Heatherleys Staff Show, Bankside gallery, SE1 9JH

The Last Hurrah, Bohun gallery, Henley on Thames.

  2018 Mani. Painting the Southern Peloponnese: in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor, Amanda Aldous Fine Art

2017                              'Drawn' Royal West of England Academy

                                       RP annual show


2015                               Painter Stainer 10 year Exhibition , Mall

                                                RP annual Show

                                               ‘Still Alive: The Contemporary Still Life’

                                                Beverley Art Gallery, East Riding Yorkshire


2014                              ‘Small Paintings’ Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames

                                               ‘Contemporary Drawing’ The Arts Stable, Childe Okeford, Dorset

                                                Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries

                                               ‘Still Alive: The Contemporary Still Life’ Mall Gallery

                                               Winchester RP show ‘Family Familiar’


2013                            ‘RAC Centenary Exhibition’, Woodcote Park, Epsom

                                             ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual show, Mall Galleries


2012                            ‘AA Fine Art’, Hackwood, Hants

                                             ‘Holburne Portrait Prize’, Holburne Museum, Bath

                                             ‘London Views’, Mall galleries

                                             ‘Painting the Sea’ Kelly Ross Art Stable, Dorset

                                             ‘R A Summer Show’, Royal Academy of Arts


2011                            ‘RAC Centenary Exhibition’, Pall Mall Clubhouse, London



2010                           ‘Discerning Eye Exhibition’, Mall galleries

                                             ‘20/21 British Art Fair’, Royal College of Art

                                             ‘Holburne Portrait Prize’, Holburne Museum, Bath

                                             Kelly Ross Art Stable, Dorset

                                             Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames


2009                          ‘Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize’, Painters' Hall, London

                                            ‘Portrait Prize Painters’, A Gallery, Wimbledon,

                                            ‘Timeless Bath’, Quest Gallery, St James St, Bath

                                            ‘Working Artists, Dorset’, Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, Dorset

                                            ‘Remembered Landscape’, Long & Ryle, John Islip St, London

                                            ‘London Arts Fair’, Business Design Centre Islington,

                                            (represented by Long and Ryle)


2008                          ‘Wessex Land, Wessex People’, Dorset County Museum (solo show)

                                           ‘20/21 Art Fair’, Royal College of Arts (represented by Long & Ryle)

                                           ‘Two Portrait Painters’, St. Barbe Museum, Hants

                                           ‘Human Form’, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University


2007                          ‘Still Lives’, Arts Stable, Dorset

                                            ‘Bulldog Trust RP Self Portrait’, Temple Place, London

                                            ‘Figure This’, Mall Galleries, London

                                            ‘Past Present’, Sesame Gallery, London

                                             Exhibition with Victoria Jinivizian, Morgan Boyce Gallery, Wilts

                                            ‘On Form’, A Gallery, London

                                            ‘Print Originals’, Mall Galleries, London


2006                         ‘Contemporary British Arts Fair’, Royal College, London

                                           ‘Jerwood Drawing Prize’, Jerwood Space, London

                                           ‘Mystery Portrait Postcards’, National Portrait Gallery, London

                                           Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London

                                           Beaux Arts, Bath


2005                       ‘New English Art Club’, Mall Galleries, London

                                         ‘Royal West of England Academy’, Bristol


Works in the collections of:

University of Wales, Bournemouth University, Falmouth College of Art and Design, Somerset County Council, Dorset County Museum, Alleyns School Dulwich, Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, Girton College Cambridge, Imperial College London.