The Royal Society of Marine Artists and Society of Wildlife Artists return to Mall Galleries this month alongside two other popular exhibitions. There is also a busy month Call For Entries-wise with the deadline for submissions to The Columbia Threadneedle Prize fast approaching. 


Art for Youth

6 to 9 October

October begins with Art for Youth London exhibition which raises funds for the national charity, UK Youth, who support young people through a range of creative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable.


Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Exhibition 2015

13 to 25 October

Later in the month the UK’s foremost showcase for contemporary miniature art, the highly esteemed Royal Miniature Society’s (RMS) annual exhibition comprises around 700 works each within a size limit of 6 by 4 inches.

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition

14 to 25 October

Margaret Heath RSMA, Sunrise at Tenby

Join the Royal Society of Marine Artists for their 70th Annual Exhibition celebrating the sea and the marine environment in all its variety. Relive those treasured memories of a picnic on the beach or a walk on a cliff-top path, of dinghy sailing or sailing the high seas as you cruised to warmer climes

The exhibition opens on 16 October but you can preview the majority of the exhibition online now.

During the exhibition members will be tutoring practical painting workshops in the Learning Centre (bookable in advance) and giving free demonstrations in the gallery.

There will also be a special Commissioning Conversation evening. Part of a series of events exploring the possibilities of commissioning art, Geoff Hunt PPRMSA, Dolores de Sade and Jeff Stultiens RP discuss their most recent commissions connected to the sea. Tickets for this event are £5 or free to Friends of Mall Galleries.

More from the Royal Society of Marine Artists


The Natural Eye 2015

29 October to 8 November

Dafilia Scott SWLA, Swifts over the Fen

Our exhibitions come to an end in October with the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition. The exhibition shows a range of contemporary work from both members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether it is close to home or further afield.

With the exhibition at the end of the month works from the exhibition are available to Browse & Buy online now.

There will be a number of events held during the exhibition including artist’s talks, portfolio day and printmaking workshops with Robert Greenhalf, Max Angus, and Kim Atkinson among others.

Admission to the exhibition is £3 (£2.50 concessions) or free to Friends of Mall Galleries.

More from the Society of Wildlife Artists


Call for Entries

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Open for Submisssions: 12 Noon, Monday 5 October

The RI seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting. Since its foundation in 1831, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. The RI was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.

If you are thinking of submitting work to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition then you can browse the 2015 exhibition now or if you wish to see which works caught caught the Prize Givers' eyes in 2015 you can see these works here

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

Deadline to submit work: 12 Noon, Thursday 16 October

October sees the deadline to submit to one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK, awarded for figurative and representational art. Artists living or working in the UK and Europe are encouraged to submit fresh and topical paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, 3D works or reliefs that will excite our international panel of selectors. 

The overall winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize will receive £20,000 plus a solo exhibition in the Threadneedle Space at Mall Galleries. Five shortlisted artists each receive £1,000. The Visitors’ Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition in London, is £10,000. 

In an unprecedented exchange, many of the works selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at Mall Galleries, London in February 2016 will be invited to go on tour to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the city’s largest temporary exhibition space, for a special four-week exhibition opening in June 2016.

The Pastel Society

Deadline to submit work: 12 Noon, Friday 6 November

Though not in October itself, the deadline for submissions to the Pastel Society is early in November so warrants a mention in this round-up of events at Mall Galleries during October. 

The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality. If you are interested in submitting work to the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016 then Look Again at the 2015 exhibition to see the style of work that was on show there. Alternatively, take a look at the Prize Winners from the 2015 Exhibition.

Submit now to our Open Exhibitions via the Online Exhibition Submission System