The exhibition includes several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists (see 'Prizes & Awards' below).
The RI seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting. The Institute was formed in 1831 to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.
How to Submit
ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:
- Upload images of work at https://mallgalleries.oess1.uk between Monday 1 October 2018 and Friday 4 January 2019, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]
- Check https://mallgalleries.oess1.uk on Friday 11 January, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected
- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 9 February, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
- Check mallgalleries.org.uk on Tuesday 12 February, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition
- If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Thursday 14 February, 10am to 5pm
Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 9 February, 10am to 5pm
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 12 February, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 14 February, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition open: Wednesday 3 April, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Thursday 18 April, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Wednesday 24 April, 10am to 5pm
- Any artist over 18 may submit.
- Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
- Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in London.
- Submission fee: £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under), which includes Free Admission to the exhibition (normally £4).
- Maximum of six works submitted.
- Maximum of four works selected.
- All paintings must be well presented, glazed and suitably framed (no metal or clips frames are permitted).
- Works must not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide including the frame. The Council have the right to withdraw paintings that are over this limit.
- All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £350.
Delivery & Collection
- 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.
Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.
- The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Institute.
- Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.
- Artists from outside the UK may need to register for VAT, please check with HM Revenue and Customs: https://www.gov.uk
- Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post - Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms & Conditions
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Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000
The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials
The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old
The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester
The ArtsBox Solo Prize: A solo exhibition at The ArtsBox in Vicenza, Italy
NEW The Baohong Artists' Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence
The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
NEW The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour
The Debra Manifold Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition
The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist
The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting
The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition
The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell
The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award: An award of £500 for what is considered the most outstanding use of light and colour in a watercolour
The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world
The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour
NEW The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour
The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.