The aim of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) is to uphold the age-old tradition of painting in oils, whilst giving encouragement to outstanding young oil painters of the future.

Founded in 1882, the Institute is proud of its royal status, granted by King Edward VII in 1909, as well as the many famous artists who have exhibited with the Institute, including Alma Tadema, Sickert, Laura Knight, Fantin-Latour and Rodin.  Today, the Institute’s membership includes many of the leading oil painters in the UK, amongst them several Royal Academicians.

The ROI takes a keen interest in encouraging the development of younger artists, notably through the Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards (Under 35’s) Competition, which has become an important feature of the Institute’s Annual Exhibition.

Any artist may submit paintings to the Annual Exhibition and membership of the ROI is open to non-member artists who have submitted work of a consistently high standard to this exhibition.  

Find out more about exhibiting with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

President: Tim Benson PROI

Vice President: Adebanji Alade VPROI

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