RBA 2022 | Prize Winners

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PRIZE - WINNERS: The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2022

We are pleased to introduce the prize-winner artists from the RBA Annual Exhibition 2022!

The RBA Annual Exhibition 2022 showcased the works of the Society's members as well as selected works from the Society's annual open call. This included pieces by young and emerging artists - giving new talent the chance to shine and be recognised - as well as established professionals.

The skill and passion of the artists was reflected in the high quality of work on view during the exhibition. Scroll down and watch our video to meet the prize-winners!

 

  • The de Laszlo Foundation Prize | Medal and £1,500 cheque 

​Amit Vadher for his work The Cloth of Pride

 

  • The Artist Magazine Award | Magazine Feature

    Mick Davies for his work The Crowd that Turns in Circles

 

  • Nathan David Award for Sculpture | £150 cheque

​Carolyn Simpson for her work Rooster at Rest

 

  • The Dry Red Press Award | Greeting card with work

​Martyn Baldwin for his work Little Donna

 

  • Frinton Frames Award | £200 of pricture framing

Michael Grey-Jones for his work Lunch on the Pier Below Tate Modern

 

  • Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award | £250 worth of artist paper

Sian Tillott for her work In Bloom at Kew

 

  • The Michael Harding Award | £500 art materials

Richard Cook for his work South Downs Landscape Sun & Shadows

 

  • The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize | £250 cheque

Shaun Duke for his work Liz in White Shirt

 

  • The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize | £300 cheque

Ben Hope for his work Fog, Montpelier Vale and All Saints

 

  • The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award | £250 cheque

Mark McLaughlin for his work Autumn Morning Light​, Dulwich Picture Gallery

 

  • The Stuart Southall Print Prize | £250 cheque

Victoria Garland for her work Night, Trinity Churchyard

 

  • ​The Surgeon's Prize | £500 cheque

Rebecca Holton for her work Working on a Sunday

 

  • ​The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award | £100 cheque

Catherine Allison for her work Pug​

 

  • The Winsor & Newton Painting Award | £500 art materials

Steve Evans for his work Shaft

 

  • The John Lynn Commemorative Award for a Young Artist | £500 cheque

Zusanna Soloman for her work I will close my eyes and admit that this is the end





Congratulations again to all the winners, we hope to see you at the RBA Annual Exhibition 2023!

 

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The Royal Society of British Artists Prize-Winning Artists Encourage You to Submit Your Work!

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The Royal Society of British Artists Call for Entries is now open, and we are seeking work for the Annual Exhibition 2022. If you have not submitted your work before, we hope that this will encourage you to do so!

Hannah Martin spoke to some of the prize winners from the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2021, to gather some words of encouragement, and to help you establish if your work would fit within the exhibition. Make sure you take a look at last year’s selected works here.

Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell received both the Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize and the Frinton Frames Award for her work ‘Solent Sparkle’. It is a depiction of Southsea Seafront, a special place to her filled with fond family memories.

Paula Mitchell, Solent Sparkle

Paula shared: ‘The inclusion of my work ‘Solent Sparkle’ in the RBA 2021 Annual Exhibition is something I had hoped for as it was a painting I was personally proud of and thought worthy of consideration by the RBA selectors. Even if I wasn’t successful, I took an approach of nothing ventured, nothing gained and I would put myself forward.’ 

She was overjoyed to receive both the awards which had a hugely positive impact on her own artistic self-belief, and the recognition of her work within the show acted as a catalyst for further success in her artistic profession in the following months. Paula added: ‘I was confident I was on the right track, but it showed others felt the same and were as excited as I was about my work.’

Roger Cromwell

The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award was won by Roger Cromwell for his painting ‘Storm Passing’, in which he has captured the view across South East London from his flat in Crystal Palace.

Roger Cromwell, Storm Passing

Roger poetically explained: ‘The desire to have our efforts appreciated is a natural human need, whatever activity we are involved in. A song is not a song until it is heard. For a painter, it is a necessity that our work is seen, and open exhibitions are a way of hopefully achieving that result.’ 

Roger thinks the Mall Galleries are an important institution where exciting contemporary works of art are shown, which he was privileged to be a part of, and said winning the Ronald Morgan Memorial Award was a real high and gave him great confidence. Roger adds: ‘For any artist unsure of submitting work, I would say don’t be afraid of failure, but please don’t be afraid of success.’

Mark McLaughlin

‘Flood and Ice, Belair Park, West Dulwich’ by Mark McLaughlin was awarded The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize. Mark painted the scene from his local park during the winter, as after it was flooded, it froze over creating a magical scene he wanted to capture.

Mark McLaughlin, Flood and Ice, Belair Park, West Dulwich

Mark says: ‘It is always good to try and submit work to the RBA Exhibition. It is more diverse in its selection of works exhibited because it has a broader range of acceptable mediums, so whether you are a painter, sculptor, or printmaker, this is the ideal place to try and exhibit in. The RBA is very keen on accepting young artists too, and of course, there are the prize awards across all disciplines and the chance to sell your work in a London Gallery!’

Emily Gillbanks

Emily won the de Laszlo Foundation Prize for her painting ‘Three Things’. Emily is a painting student at the Royal College of Art, and was 22 years old when she submitted her painting. As a new figurative painter, she engages with social and technological issues within her work, and through ‘Three Things’ she wanted to portray how when we are brought together through technology, we are also inevitably apart.

Emily Gillbanks, Three Things

Emily explained she’s been visiting the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibitions for years, so to have her painting displayed in the same space where she has taken inspiration from over the years felt unreal.

She added: ‘The de Laszlo Medal for Excellence meant my painting exhibited in the exhibition was recognised as the best artwork from life in the show by an artist aged 35 and under. I have been able to put the prize money back into my studies. Winning the prize uplifted me, as I was beginning to doubt my practice, but it came at a good time and further encouraged me to keep developing my paintings of people which I plan to present at my end of year show at the Royal College of Art. Being part of the exhibition was a great experience and I would strongly encourage anyone thinking of applying to do so.’

Lesley Hilling

The Nathan David Award for Sculpture was won by Lesley Hilling for her detailed and interactive sculpture ‘The Soldier’.

 

Lesley Hilling, The Soldier

Lesley says that submitting your work is always worth a shot and that the more you submit pieces to shows, the more your confidence will grow. She adds that life can be full of knockbacks and that within the creative industries we have our fair share of rejections, but when she received the award it was a great justification for her work.

She adds: ‘ If you have your work chosen to be in a show in a prestigious space, it gives you so much confidence, especially when you win an award.  You meet new people, other artists, new contacts, and your work becomes known by a wider audience.  From this, over time, comes new often unexpected openings and opportunities.  I have several commissions now and I think these opportunities came from that growth in my audience.’

The Royal Society of British Artists are seeking work of any subject by painters, sculptors and printmakers working across all mediums. They will be looking for skill, draughtsmanship, originality, and creativity. The submission process is really simple, and you’ll find all the details, guidelines, and information here.

The deadline for submission is Friday 10 December, we can’t wait to see your creations!

Enter your work now!

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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part Four

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part Four include


The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award

Joseph Dupré

A Miracle Called Horace

A prize of £100

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The Winsor & Newton Painting Award

Brian Hodgson

Lockdown 3

Art materials to the value of £500

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The John Lynn Commemorative Award for a Young Artist

Owain Hunt

Man in Red Chair

A prize of £500

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The Arts Society Star Student Award

Charlotte Crosby

Grandad

Art shop vouchers to the value of £100


RBA President's Star Student Award

Coco Huang

Deadly Sins

A prize of £100



The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part One

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Two

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Three


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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part Three

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part Three include


The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award

Roger Cromwell

Storm Passing

A prize of £250

"I think the popularity of these exhibitions at Mall Galleries is because there are people painting pictures which people want to see, paintings that painters want to do.

I think there's a growing interest in this kind of painting; young people now choose to go to ateliers to learn art because they are taught the craft of painting, which you cannot get at conventional art school.

So I think Mall Galleries is an important institution for showing this kind of work. And I believe it's on the rise. I am very, very privileged and happy to be part of that."

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The Patron's Prize (Joint Winner)

Stephen Price

Contemplation

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The Patron's Prize (Joint Winner)

Callum Stannard RBA

Artist's Mother

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The Stuart Southall Print Prize

Will Taylor RBA

Blackfriars

A prize of £250

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The Surgeon's Prize

Andrii Kateryniuk

Sunset in the Cypress Grove

A prize of £500



The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part One

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Two

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Four


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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part Two

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part Two include


Frinton Frames Award & The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize

Paula Mitchell

Solent Sparkle

The Frinton Frames Award is a £200 award of picture framing at Frinton Frames bespoke handfinished picture frame makers

The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize is a £250 prize for draughtsmanship, variety & exploration


Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award

Samuel Owusu Achiaw

Citrus in Manibus

A prize of artist paper, worth £250

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The Michael Harding Award (I)

Steven Outram RBA

Fire and Dust

An award of £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials

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The Michael Harding Award (II)

Paul Slater

Sons of Borias

An award of £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials

"Many thanks to the Royal Society of British Artists for including my work in their annual exhibition. 

Thanks too go to the ‘Brothers Borias’ [the subject of my painting] for bringing good fortune as they did to ‘Fineas,’ in the story of ‘Jason and the Argonauts.’ It was they, the sons of the god of the north wind, who used their power of flight to relieve the forlorn ‘Fineas’, of a pesky infestation of Harpies. My good fortune has been to win The Michael Harding Award, which is wholly unexpected and greatly appreciated. 

Michael Harding Oil Colours are the best and I have been using them exclusively for many years so you can imagine how happy I am to have received this honour. 

Thanks again to all concerned and I promise to attempt to make good use of the generous award” - Paul Slater

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The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize

Mark McLaughlin

Flood and Ice, Belair Park, West Dulwich

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The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part One

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Three

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Four


Discover the exhibition

Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners 2021 | Part One

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The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prizewinners and give a special thank you to all our prize-givers. 

Though the gallery is now re-open, this year's prize-giving is exclusively online. But with videos, audio, images, and statements by the winners to watch, hear, see, and read, you can experience and enjoy the prize-winning works wherever you are.

If you can't make it to the gallery you can discover the exhibition via our virtual tour.



The Prize Winners featured in Part One include


The de Laszlo Foundation Prize

Emily Gillbanks

Three Things

The de Laszlo Medal for Excellence and £1,500 awarded for the best artwork from life by an artist aged 35 or under.

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The Artist Magazine Award

Meg Dutton VPRBA

Inside the Glasshouse

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

"Observational drawings - and a fascination with pattern and detail in both the natural and man made world form the basis for this large etching and watercolour.

I produced sketches and line drawings of the Tropical House interior at Kew Gardens, -- and also shapes and patterns of plants and flowers.

I kept these drawings for a long long time and pondered on how I might use them in a work.

Eventually, a final composition was constructed from many of these drawings --- with some artistic licence on the positioning of the plants!

This compilation drawing was transferred to a zinc etching plate, printed, and then painted with watercolours" - Meg Dutton VPRBA

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Nathan David Award for Sculpture

Lesley Hilling

The Soldier

A £150 prize for sculpture

"The Soldier" by Lesley Hilling from Ionised Media on Vimeo.

 

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The Dry Red Press Award

Margaret Foreman

Seaside Festival Tulips

The winning work will be published as a greetings card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

 

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The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Two

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Three

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Four


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Homelessness depicted in the Royal Society of British Artists

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Here we look at those artists in the exhibition who have chosen to document the current rise in homelessness and rough sleeping.

Painting portraits of vagrants has a long history; whether the artists saw themselves reflected in the friendless and destitute, those shunned by society, or wanted to offer an alternative view of humanity than the one depicted in endless portraits of the stiff-upper-lipped members of the aristocracy that line the walls of official buildings, it is a tradition that is represented by some deeply moving contemporary paintings in the RBA 2021.

John McCombs RBA ROI Homeless Oil 52.5 x 61 cm £795 - Buy Now

John McCombs RBA ROI shows his figure painting for the first time at Mall Galleries in the RBA this year. We usually see his landscapes and street scenes, documenting the village of Delph and its surrounding areas in the Pennines, which he has made his life’s work since the mid-1960s.

But he’s also been working on a series of portraits of vagrants for a private collector he has a long-standing relationship with. John was keen to finally show some of these portraits at Mall Galleries as he considered them ‘very appropriate to today’ – with homelessness and rough sleeping figures increasing to rise (over 280,000 households are statutory homeless this year, with an estimated 4,000 people sleeping rough each night on our streets) the people in these portraits are certainly figures that have become a familiar sight to many of us.

John McCombs RBA ROI Wandering Vagrant Oil 64.5 x 47 cm £795 - Buy Now

James Earley is a self-taught artist who uses his work to raise awareness of homelessness, mental health, and war issues. James wants to make the invisible visible.

“I met Simon in 2020 on the streets of Southampton. It was a really cold day, and it had just started to rain. We spoke about his journey to where he was, and like many homeless people that I have met, the journey was a sad and lonely one where suddenly he found himself homeless and stuck in a deep hole that he was desperately trying to get out of.

I wanted to paint the background as cardboard as this was so prevalent in the homeless areas that I encountered, and I also wanted to paint a glimpse of his childhood and the feeling of loneliness.”  James Earley

James Earley A Cardboard Story Oil 85 x 60 cm £2,950 - Buy Now

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Here is a list of some of the charities working to combat homelessness, which you may find useful:

www.shelter.org.uk

www.crisis.org.uk

centrepoint.org.uk

Mayor of London

If you or anyone you know is at risk of homelessness, Citizens Advice may also be able to help

 

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Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Awards: Part Three

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Prizes from the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2020 were awarded at the Private View held at Mall Galleries on Wednesday 19 February in front of a packed Main Gallery. The exhibition was opened by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and author. 

The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prize-winners and give a special thank you to all our prize givers. 

Discover all of the prize winners via the links below:

The Prize Winners featured in Part Two include:


The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award

Pauline Hazelwood

Sweeping Steps

Barbers at Borough Market, smart stripes and catching the customer too. 


The Stuart Southall Print Prize

Richenda Court

Behind the Human Ocean

'Behind the Human Ocean' is a linocut which depicts 'The Girl' rising from the ocean. The image is inspired by line drawings from my book 'Ocean Swell' which tells the story of a couple who meet under the ocean. 


The Surgeon's Prize

Tara Versey

Another Late Afternoon by the Old Wall


The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award

Will Taylor RBA

Waterloo Sands


The Winsor & Newton Painting Award

Mark Fennell

The Diagnosis

I painted this self-portrait with palette knives soon after being diagnosed with Lymphoma. I think it reflects how I felt at the time.

The Whistler Award

Ronald Morgan RBA ROI

For his works in last year's exhibition



The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part One

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Two

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Royal Society of British Artists Prizes & Awards: Part Two

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Prizes from the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2020 were awarded at the Private View held at Mall Galleries on Wednesday 19 February in front of a packed Main Gallery. The exhibition was opened by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and author.

The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prize-winners and give a special thank you to all our prize givers. 

Discover all of the prize winners via the links below:

The Prize Winners featured in Part Two include:


The Dry Red Press Award

Bess Harding

Stolen Stem X

A single stem, stolen from a neighbour's garden, taken out of its natural environment only to be unceremoniously taped to a wall and painted. A delicacy, transience and beauty captured in what the viewer knows will be its last few moments of life.


The Michael Harding Award (I)

Chris Aggs RBA

Apple Blossom


The Michael Harding Award (II)

Anthony Yates RBA

Succulent Night


The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize

Daisy Sims-Hilditch

Studio Contre-Jour

Painted in Oils, this little picture is of my "painting table". I love how the light bounced off the surfaces of mirrors and bottles of turpentine as well as the contrast between light and dark creating interesting shapes. I squinted a lot whilst painting this to saturate the values of light and dark which I hope creates an interesting piece. 


The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize

Stuart Robertson

Notre Dame de Paris

Painted in the studio in watercolour and some gouache with elements of collage.


The Patron's Prize

Jon Pryke RBA

Wheeling Moon



The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part One

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Three

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Bess Harding Stolen Stem X

Royal Society of British Artists Prizes & Awards: Part One

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Prizes from the Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2020 were awarded at the Private View held at Mall Galleries on Wednesday 19 February in front of a packed Main Gallery. The exhibition was opened by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor and author.

The Royal Society of British Artists and Mall Galleries would like to congratulate all prize-winners and give a special thank you to all our prize givers. 

Discover all of the prize winners via the links below:

The Prize Winners featured in Part One include:



The de Laszlo Foundation Prize

Charles Pickard

Chiara

This drawing was created from life over several sessions. The artist was interested in expressing the full sense of light and the contemplative expression of the pose


The Artist Magazine Award

John Martin RBA

Chinese Still Life


Nathan David Award for Sculpture

David Sprakes RBA

Tidal Stone


The Davison Award for Oil Painting

Michael Riddle

Lucy

A portrait of the artist Lucy Pass


Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award

Meg Dutton VPRBA RE

Sunset Mosques


Frinton Frames Award

Nicholas Verrall RBA ROI

San Biagio Evening Light


The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Two

The Royal Society of British Artists Prize & Award Winners Part Three

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