Patron: Her Majesty the Queen (1953-2022)

Honorary Member: HRH King Charles III

Deadline extended for entry to 209th RI Exhibition 2021

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at their 209th Exhibition 2021.

The RI seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting.

Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.

The exhibition offers several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists (see ‘Prizes & Awards’ below). It presents the opportunity to exhibit at a prestigious gallery in the heart of London alongside well-established artists and have your work seen by thousands of visitors, including buyers and collectors.


To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only.

Selectors will make an assessment of each work based on the digital images supplied, following which selected artists will be asked to deliver their accepted work to Mall Galleries for exhibition.

How to Submit

ALL work must be submitted online. Selection from online entries will take place, after which selected artworks should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for exhibition:

– Upload images of work at before 12 noon on Friday 5 March [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

– Check on Friday 19 March, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been selected for exhibition

– If selected, deliver your work on Saturday 8 May or Sunday 9 May, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

Important Dates

Submissions open: Monday 16 November 2020, 12 noon

Submissions close: Friday 5 March 2021, 12 noon

Selection notification: Friday 19 March, 12 noon

Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 8 May and Sunday 9 May, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 20 May, 11am to 4pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 29 May, 4pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 3 June and Friday 4 June, 10am to 5pm

Image: Non member exhibits 2020