Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Member: HRH the Prince of Wales

RI 2017 – How to Enter

How to enter paintings for the RI 205th Open Exhibition 2017

Submissions for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 205th Exhibition have now closed.

Important Dates

Pre-selection notification: Friday 13 January, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 11 February, 10am – 5pm
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 14 February, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 16 February, 10am – 5pm
Exhibition open: Thursday 6 April, 10am – 5pm (closed all day on Easter Sunday, 16 April)
Exhibition closes: Saturday 22 April, 1pm
Unsold collection: Thursday 27 April, 10am – 5pm

Conditions
Any artist over 18 may submit.
Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums, including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (with the exception of water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
Submission fee: £15 per work payable at the time of submitting (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
Maximum of six works submitted.
Maximum of four works selected.
Paintings must be framed in a light coloured mount under glass.
Works should not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide.
Minimum price: £450.
Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists submitting work from outside the UK and EU must be registered BEFORE they submit online. Artists without a UK residence (known as ‘NETPs’ – non-established taxable persons) can find further details on ‘NETP’ status and how to register for VAT at www.hmrc.gov.uk, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading ‘Should I be registered for VAT?’ Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0845 010 9000 or, if your call is from outside the UK, +44 2920501 261.
Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post – Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 / Email: info@picturepostcompany.co.uk

For full terms and conditions please visit www.mallgalleries.org.

Prizes & Awards

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:

The Leathersellers’ Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist between 18 and 30 years old

The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour

The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award: An award of £500 for what is considered the most outstanding use of light and colour in a watercolour

The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell

The Debra Manifold Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition

The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda’s finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting

Schmincke Award: A Schmincke watercolour set awarded to a work judged to be outstanding

Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: An outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester

The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons

The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press ‘Prize Winners’ range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist.

Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: For a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world.

The James Fletcher-Watson RI Award£500 for the best pure watercolour in the exhibition

The Neil Meacher RI Award – an award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour