Patron: Her Majesty the Queen (1953-2022)

Honorary Member: HRH King Charles III


Privacy Policy for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Privacy Policy

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and any subsequent UK legislation covering data protection, the Data Controller is the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (Charity No. 291405)
This Policy sets out why we collect personal information about individuals and how we use that information. It explains the legal basis for this and the rights you have over the way your information is used.
This Policy covers the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in relation to the collection and use of the information you give us. We may change this Policy from time to time. If we make any significant changes we will contact you directly with the information or advertise this on our website ( Please check this page occasionally to make sure you are happy with any changes.

If you have any questions about this Policy or concerning your personal information, please contact the Honorary Secretary RI, c/o Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD.

What type of personal information do we collect?

The type and amount of information we collect depends on why you are providing it.
The information we collect will usually include your name, email address, postal address and phone number and company name if appropriate.
If you are a member or supporter, for example, making an application for membership, submitting work for our exhibitions, joining our Friends scheme, making a donation or giving an award or prize, volunteering, signing up for a workshop or an event, in addition to asking for your name and contact details (your full address, email address and your phone number) we may also ask you for details such as your date of birth, although you are not obliged to provide this.
With reference to processing payments or donations, we may hold bank details; we do not hold card details as we do not take payments by credit card. If we do in the future we will inform you.
If you are an exhibitor or applicant/candidate the information you are asked to provide is as set out in the application forms and is necessary for the purposes of our considering your application.

How we collect information

We may collect information from you whenever you contact us or have any involvement with us. For example when you:

  • visit our website
  • enter works to our Open Exhibitions
  • purchase goods from us
  • donate to us or fundraise for us
  • enquire about our activities or services
  • sign up to receive news about our activities
  •  create or update a profile
  • post content onto our website/social media sites
  • volunteer for us
  • attend a meeting or workshop with us and provide us with information
  • take part in our events
  • contact us in any way including online, email, phone, SMS, social media or post

Where we collect information from

We collect information:

  1. From you when you give it to us directly: You may provide your details when you ask us for information or make an enquiry, make a donation, volunteer, attend our events, sign up to a mailing list, order goods from us or contact us for any other reason.
  2. When you give it to us indirectly: Your information may be shared with us by other organisations and third parties such as Facebook or Artsy. They should only do so in the way they have set out in their own Privacy Policy which you should check when you give them your details.
  1. When you have given other organisations permission to share it: Your information may be provided to us by other organisations if you have given them your permission. This might, for example, be a charity working with us or might be when you buy a product or service from a third party organisation. The information we receive from other organisations depends on your settings or the option responses you have given them.
  2. When you use our website: When you use our website information about you is recorded and stored.
  3. When it is available on social media: Depending on your settings or the privacy policies applying for social media and messaging services you use, like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and only within the context of the services we offer, you might give us permission to access information from those accounts or services. We won’t share this information.

How we use your information

We will use your personal information in a number of ways which reflect the legal basis applying to processing of your data. These may include:

  • providing you with the information or services you have asked for
  • processing any awards or prizes
  • processing any applications for membership
  • sending you communications with your consent that may be of interest, including marketing information about our services and activities, campaigns and appeals asking for donations and other fundraising activities and promotions for which we seek support
  • when necessary for carrying out your obligations under any contract between us including sale of goods
  • seeking your views on the services or activities we carry out so that we can make improvements
  • maintaining our organisational records and ensuring we know how you prefer to be contacted
  • analysing the operation of our website and analysing your website behaviour to improve the website and its usefulness
  • processing any submissions for exhibitions

Our legal basis for processing your information

The use of your information for the purposes set out above is lawful because one or more of the following applies:

  • Where you have provided information to us for the purposes of requesting information or requesting that we carry out a service for you, we will proceed on the basis that you have given consent to us using the information for that purpose, based on the way that you provided the information to us. You may withdraw consent at any time by contacting the Honorary Secretary RI, c/o Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD. This will not affect the lawfulness of processing your information prior to your withdrawal of consent being received and actioned.
  •  It is necessary for us to hold and use your information so that we can carry out our obligations under a contract entered into with you or to take the steps you ask us to prior to entering into a contract.
  • It is necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
  • Where the purpose of our processing is the provision of information or services to you, we may also rely on the fact that it is necessary for your legitimate interests that we provide the information or service requested, and given that you have made the request, would presume that there is no prejudice to you in our fulfilling your request.

How we keep your information safe

We understand the importance of security of your personal information and take appropriate steps to safeguard it.
We always ensure only authorised persons have access to your information, which means only our staff, volunteers and contractors, and that everyone who has access is trained appropriately to manage your information.

No data transmission over the internet can however be guaranteed to be 100% secure. So, while we strive to safeguard your information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you provide online and you do this at your own risk.

Who has access to your information?

  • Third parties who provide services for us. We select our third party service providers with care. We provide these third parties with the information that is necessary for them to provide the service and we will have an agreement in place that requires them to operate with the same care over data protection as we do.
  • Third parties if we run an event in conjunction with them. We will let you know how your data is used when you register for any event.
  • Search engine providers that help us to improve our website and its use.
  • Third parties in connection with restructuring or reorganisation of our operations, for example, if we merge with another charity. In such event we will take steps to ensure your privacy rights will be protected by the third party.

Owing to matters such as financial or technical considerations, the information you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA), which are not subject to the same data protection regulations as apply in the UK. We meet our obligations under GDPR by ensuring that the information has equivalent protection as if it were being held within the EEA. We do this by ensuring that any third parties processing your data outside the EEA either benefit from an adequacy determination for GDPR purposes and/or, where appropriate, we have entered into a Data Processing Agreement which contains model EU clauses.

We may also disclose your personal information if we are required to do so under any legal obligation and may use external data for the purposes of fraud prevention and credit risk reduction, or where doing so would not infringe your rights, but is necessary and in the public interest.

Other than this, we will not share your information with other organisations without your consent.

Keeping your information up to date

We would appreciate if you let us know when your contact details change. You can do so by contacting the Honorary Secretary RI, c/o Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD.


Any links on our website may take you to third party sites over which we have no control. When linking to another website, you should read the privacy policy stated on that website.

This policy does not cover the use of your personal data on any third party websites.

Children’s Information

We appreciate that our supporters are of all ages. Where appropriate, we will ask for consent from a parent or guardian to collect information about children (under 16s).

How long we keep your information for

We will hold your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the relevant activity. By way of example, we hold records of members for as long as they are members, and others such as those awarding prizes for at least six years so we can fulfil our statutory obligations for tax purposes.

Where we rely on your consent to contact you for direct marketing purposes, we will treat your consent as lasting only for as long as it is reasonable to do so. This will usually be for two years. We may periodically ask you to renew your consent.
If you ask us to stop contacting you with marketing or fundraising materials, we will keep a record of your contact details and limited information needed to ensure we comply with your request.

Your rights

You have the right to request details of the processing activities that we carry out with your personal information through making a Subject Access Request. Such requests have to be made in writing, More details about how to make a request, and the procedure to be followed,

can be found in our Data Protection Policy. To make a request contact the Honorary Secretary RI, c/o Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD. You also have the following rights:

  • the right to request rectification of information that is inaccurate or out of date;
  • the right to erasure of your information (known as the “right to be forgotten”);
  • the right to restrict the way in which we are dealing with and using your information;
  • the right to request that your information be provided to you in a format that is secure and suitable for re-use (known as the “right to portability”); and
  • rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling, including profiling for marketing purposes.

All of these rights are subject to certain safeguards and limits or exemptions, further details of which can obtained by contacting the Honorary Secretary RI, c/o Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5BD. To exercise any of these rights, you should contact us at the above address.

If you are not happy with the way in which we have processed or dealt with your information, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Policy may be changed from time to time. If we make any significant changes we will advertise this on our website or contact you directly with the information.
Do please check this Policy each time you consider giving your personal information to us.

This Policy was last updated in May 2018