The RBA seeks submissions of work displaying the highest standards of skill, expression and concept of draughtsmanship.

Submissions are invited to the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition 2017 at Mall Galleries 

How to submit

ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

- Upload images of work at between Monday 5 September and Friday 9 December 2016, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]

- Check on Friday 16 December, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 21 January 2017, 10am - 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check on Tuesday 24 January, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

- If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Thursday 26 January, 10am - 5pm

Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 5 September 2016, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 9 December, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 16 December, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 21 January 2017, 10am - 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 24 January, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 26 January, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: Wednesday 22 March, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 1 April, 5pm

Unsold collection: Thursday 6 April, 10am - 5pm


Any artist over 18 may submit.

Acceptable media: Any medium including sculpture and original prints.

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, three of which can be original framed prints.

Maximum of four works selected.

Work must not have been exhibited previously.

Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.

Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.

Minimum price: £300 (framed prints: £180, unframed prints: £120).

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 de Laszlo Foundation Prize: The de Laszlo Medal and £1,500 will be awarded to an artist under 35 for the best painting from life

Alfred Daniels Personal Favourite Awards: Six prizes of £100

The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed in The Artist magazine, print and digital editions

The Davison Award for Oil Painting: £100

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

The Edward Wesson Award for Watercolour Painting: £100

Frinton Frames Award: £200 of picture framing at Frinton Frames bespoke handfinished picture frame makers

The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award: £100

The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize for Draughtsmanship, Variety & Exploration: £200

The John Ingram Memorial Prize for a Young Artist

The Michael Harding Awards: Two awards of £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials, and 10 painting starter sets

The Winsor & Newton Painting Award: Art materials to the value of £500

Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award: £250 worth of artist paper

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