Final Selection for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours has been announced.

Thank you for submitting to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 204th Exhibition

If the number you were given on the Receiving Day is not listed, your work has not been accepted on this occasion.

Please Note: Unaccepted works must be collected on Thursday 18 February, 10am to 5pm.

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Important Dates

Unaccepted collection: Thursday 18 February, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: Wednesday 6 April, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 16 April, 5pm

Unsold collection: Thursday 21 April, 10am - 5pm


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 along the longest dimension.

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, (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:

NEW 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

Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennale Prize: An award of £250 to encourage innovation and experimentation in contemporary watermedia

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

Wicked Watercolours Award: A set of personalised hand made brushes for work that shows exemplary brushwork and excellence in handling the watercolour medium

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

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.


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