The RI welcomes watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper-based support.
The exhibition offers the opportunity to win prizes and awards, worth over £7,500, and to have your work seen by thousands of visitors including buyers and collectors (see 'Prizes & Awards' below).
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 mallgalleries.oess1.uk between Monday 29 November 2021 and Friday 28 January 2022, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]
- Check mallgalleries.oess1.uk on Friday 4 February, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected
- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 5 March, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
- Check this page from 12 noon on Tuesday 8 March to see if your work has been selected
- If unaccepted, collect your work on Thursday 10 March, 10am to 5pm
Submissions open: Monday 29 November 2021, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 28 January 2022, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 4 February, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 5 March, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: Tuesday 8 March, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 10 March, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: Thursday 14 April, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 23 April, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 28 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: £20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
- 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.
The price of works must include 45%+VAT commission.
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 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: email@example.com
Terms & Conditions
- For full terms and conditions, click here.
If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, several art couriers around the country visit the galleries, including:
Art Moves of Chelsea (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Bristol) - firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7352 7492
Picture Post Art (Scotland, the North of England and Birmingham) - email@example.com / 07833 450788
South Hams Express (Penzance, Totnes, Exeter and Southampton) - firstname.lastname@example.org / 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:
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 President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple
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 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
The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour
The Debra Manifold RI 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 Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world
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.