Since its foundation in 1831, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. Formally called the New Society of Painters in Watercolours, with its origins in the Old Water Colour Society of the 18th Century, the RI was formed to exhibit the best of progressive watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.
The RI continues that policy by showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to the more experimental and innovative paintings now produced by members of the RI and other artists whose pictures have been selected by the RI Council. These include many young painters who are encouraged to submit their work using water-soluble media.
Members of the RI are recognised as having achieved a high standard of work as professional artists. The RI’s Annual Exhibition provides an exciting display of pictures that attracts many visitors to Mall Galleries.
President: Rosa Sepple PRI
Vice President: Robin Hazlewood VPRI