Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Member: HRH the Prince of Wales

How To Join

How to Join the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Joining the RI


Election to membership of the RI is by democratic vote of the full membership, which happens at the Annual General Meeting following the Annual Exhibition.

The only criterion for applying to join the RI is to have exhibited at the RI Annual Exhibition on at least two previous occasions.

To make an enquiry about membership please contact David A Parfitt, Membership Officer.

The membership process


Anyone wishing to join the RI will be asked to send a letter or email setting out why they wish to be considered as a candidate for election. A £20 payment will also be required to cover the costs of processing the application.

If the application is successful, they will be accepted as an APPLICANT and asked to submit six paintings to the annual spring exhibition.

Submission details are on The Mall Galleries website or Federation of British Artists, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

cozensThese paintings will be considered at the annual exhibition selection meeting, where the RI Council will also decide whether or not to accept the APPLICANT as a CANDIDATE for membership.
Once accepted as a CANDIDATE this is effective for a period of 3 years.

All CANDIDATES work will be separately displayed during the exhibition and they will be asked to submit a portfolio of additional work and sketchbooks, which will be considered by the RI membership alongside the submitted work.