Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Member: HRH the Prince of Wales

RI 2020

How to enter paintings for the RI 208th Open Exhibition 2020

How to enter the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition 2020

How to submit

Details for the 209th Exhibition in 2021 will be posted in due course

ALL work must be submitted online at

Important Dates

Pre-selection notification: Friday 10 January, 12 noon (Log in to to see if your work has been pre-selected)
Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 8 February, 10 – 5
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 11 February, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 13 February, 10 – 5
Exhibition open: Thursday 2 April, 10 – 5  (closed all day on Easter Sunday 12 April)
Exhibition closes: Friday 17 April, at 1
Unsold collection: Thursday 23 April, 10 – 5

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: £18 per work payable at the time of submitting (£12 per work for artists aged 35 or under), which includes free admission to the exhibition
Maximum of six works submitted.
Maximum of four works selected.
Paintings must be well presented, glazed and suitably framed (no metal or clip frames are permitted).
Works should not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide including the frame. The Council have the right to withdraw paintings that are over this limit.
All works must be for sale. Minimum price: £350.
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, (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:

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Prizes & Awards

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

The Winsor & Newton Award: £3000 cash, awarded to an individual member or non-member

The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1000 RRP of Winsor & Newton art materials of choice, awarded to an individual member or non-member

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

NEW The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple

The ArtsBox Solo Prize: A solo exhibition at The ArtsBox in Vicenza, Italy

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

The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolour set awarded to an outstanding exhibitor

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 use of watercolour in the exhibition

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

The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour

The Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence

The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: an award of £250 for creative use of colour