Founded in 1823, the Royal Society of British Artists seeks submissions of work displaying the highest standards of skill, expression and concept of draughtsmanship.
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 registrationmallgalleries.org.uk between Monday 5 September and Friday 9 December 2016, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]
- Check registrationmallgalleries.org.uk 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 mallgalleries.org.uk 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
Pre-submission opens: Monday 5 September 2016, 12 noon
Pre-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 http://www.hmrc.gov.uk, (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 the artist under 35 for the best painting from life
Alfred Daniels Personal Favourite Award: Six prizes of £100 each
The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition
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 pictures framed at Frinton Frames Bespoke handfinished picture frame makers
The Geoffrey Visis Memorial Award: £100
The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize for Draughtsmanship, Variety & Exploration: £200
The John Ingram Memorial Prize for a Young Artist
The Marianne Von Werther Memorial Award
The Michael Harding Awards: Two awards of £500, and ten art sets
The Winsor & Newton Painting Award: Art materials to the value of £500
Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award: £250 worth of artist paper