The Royal Society of Marine Artists seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short anything that involves tidal water.
The Society's annual exhibition offers several prizes and awards, including The Charles Pears Award for an outstanding work by a non-member (see 'Prizes & Awards' below).
It is widely recognised as a showcase for the best in contemporary marine art, with selected work from the open entry hung alongside the work of RSMA members.
How to Submit
All work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected works should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:
- Upload images of work at www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk between Friday 22 April and Friday 8 July 2022, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]
- Check www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk from 12 noon on Friday 15 July to see if your work has been pre-selected
- If pre-selected, deliver your work for final selection on Saturday 13 August, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
- Check this page from 12 noon on Tuesday 16 August to see if your work has been selected
- If unaccepted, collect your work on Thursday 18 August, 10am to 5pm
Submissions open: Friday 22 April 2022, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 8 July, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 15 July, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 13 August, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: Tuesday 16 August, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 18 August, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: Thursday 22 September, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 1 October, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 6 October, 10am to 5pm
- Any artist over 18 may submit.
Subject matter must be essentially marine in nature, relating in some way to tidal waters of the world; topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed. Works relating to non-tidal rivers, inland lakes and waterways etc are not permissible.
- Acceptable media: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.
- Submission fee: £20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
Maximum of six works submitted, maximum of four works selected.
- Works should be no larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
- All work must be for sale. The price of works must include commission of 45%+VAT (please note that where foundry fees apply, foundry costs will be deducted before commission is calculated).
- Minimum price: £300, except for prints - framed £200, unframed £120 (buyers will not be charged for postage and packaging of unframed prints, so please ensure the price of unframed prints allows for this).
Works may be from a limited edition not exceeding fifty.
Artists are strongly urged to submit new work not previously exhibited.
The Society advises the use of plain, simple framing in a light or medium colour. Frames and mounts of an unusual colour, size or design may prejudice the chance of acceptance. The following are inadmissible: metal frames, unprotected glass edges and clip frames.
Frames or stretchers should be sufficiently substantial to withstand mirror plating with 12mm size 6 screws.
Delivery & Collection
Set hand-in and hand-out dates ensure that we are staffed and accessible. We do not have storage onsite, and are unable to respond to, or accommoadate exceptions. Uncollected arworks will be removed from the premises and subject to charges.
Any work uncollected on the specified collection dates will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.
Works should be delivered without hanging fittings.
- Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
- We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
- Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.
If you are sending an arwork from abroad, or are unable todeliver or collect a work in person, please refer to our list of couriers mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/art-couriers who reguarly visit the gallery.
- The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and is rotated annually.
- Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.
All International submissions will be ONLINE ONLY, artists will need to ship their work if selected for the exhibition.
If you are not a UK resident and your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs at www.hmrc.gov.uk (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1)
Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post Art as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post Art - Tel: 07833 450788 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms & Conditions
- For full terms and conditions, click here.
If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, you may wish to use an art courier:
Art Moves of Chelsea (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Bristol) - email@example.com / 020 7352 7492
Picture Post Art (Scotland, the North of England and Birmingham) - firstname.lastname@example.org / 07833 450788
South Hams Express (Penzance, Totnes, Exeter and Southampton) - email@example.com / 07502 041139
For a fuller list of Art Couriers, click here.
Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
Baltic Exchange Award: For an outstanding work related to the maritime industry, selected by the Society’s President and the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange. Including works related to trade (ports, cargo vessels, etc), ship building, safety at sea / the crew, the RNLI or NCI. The Baltic is an historic membership organisation at the heart of the international shipping industry, providing services relied upon by shipping markets worldwide. Value £2,000.
The Charles Pears Award: For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. Presented by the RSMA in memory of Charles Pears, founding member and first President. Value £500.
The Kenneth Denton Award: Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton. Value £500.
The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award: Two prizes for works in any medium depicting commercial fishing. First Prize £500, Second Prize £100.
The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting: For a work in any medium measuring no more than 30 cm / 12 inches along the longest dimension (excluding frame). Made possible by the generosity of a Life Member. Value £300.
The RSMA New Generation Award: Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the time of submission.
The Topbond Marine Award: For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK. Value £250.
The Winsor & Newton Oil Prize: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials for a notable oil painting.
The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine.
The Classic Boat Award: A year’s subscription to Classic Boat and profile feature of the winner in Classic Boat Magazine.