Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Member: HRH the Prince of Wales


Forthcoming Exhibitions

Information and listings for exhibitions featuring members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 2019

207th Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

The 207th Exhibition of the Royal Institute will be held as in previous years at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, from 3-18 April, open 10am to 5pm daily, closing at 5pm on the final day. The RI was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside the individual collections by Members, a policy that is upheld today. Works by Candidates seeking membership will also be prominently displayed and this year we set a new record for non-members’ paintings of  38%.

The exhibition will feature a wide variety of talks and demonstrations by RI Members and the presentation of many Awards and Prizes, including awards sponsored by Winsor & Newton: The Winsor & Newton Award of £3000 cash and The Winsor & Newton Product Prize of £1000 RRP of Winsor & Newton art materials of choice and new prizes for 2019, The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour; the Baohong Watercolour Artists Award for excellence; and The Chaoshan Watercolour Award for the most classically inspired watercolour.

For a full list of prizes and awards please visit the exhibitions page under RI 2019 – How to enter : /

Also, for the duration of the exhibition, there will be a display of photographs and documents from the extensive RI Archives, which have been gathered together over the last three years and are now housed at the V&A in London.

The Exhibition will be officially opened at the Private View on Tuesday 2 April by art critic and broadcaster Anthony J. Lester, Hon. RMS, FRBA, FRSA and the RI President Rosa Sepple PRI.

This year’s exhibition promises to be another cornucopia of light, colour and texture not to be missed!

Image: collage of members’ paintings 2019


The 2o7th Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours also marks the release of a new 170 page hardback book covering the history of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI). Published by Halsgrove Publishing, the book reveals its unique history, the reasons for its departure from the Society of Painters in Water-Colours, their formation in 1831, the opening of the prestigious gallery in Piccadilly and their rise to become one of the most prestigious art institute’s in the world.

‘Then and Now’

‘Then and Now’ has taken two years to research and compile and is the first book about the Institute and its current Members with a fascinating history written by Anthony J Lester, Hon. RMS, FRBA, FRSA, writer, broadcaster, fine art consultant, curator, collector/researcher on British art. The book contains many historical images from the extensive archives and a list of every Member since its inception. It also features RI members’ biographies written by Adrian Hill, fine art dealer at Adrian Hill Fine Art, with images of current members and examples of their work.

The book will be available during the exhibition at the Mall Galleries bookshop, London from 2 April 2019 and is priced at £34.99. 



The Lightbox                     

An exhibition by Members of the RI

Saturday 13 July – Sunday 20 October 2019

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA