The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting. Since its foundation in 1831, the RI has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. The RI was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 15 February, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition open: Friday 6 April, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 21 April, 1pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 26 April, 10am - 5pm
- Any artist over 18 may submit.
- Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils).
- Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in London.
- Submission fee: £15 per work payable at the time of submitting (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
- Maximum of six works submitted.
- Maximum of four works selected.
- All paintings must be well-presented and suitably framed (no metal or clips frames are permitted).
- Works must not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide.
- All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £450.
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: email@example.com
Terms & Conditions
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Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
NEW The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000
NEW 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 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 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 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 Schmincke Award: A Schmincke watercolour set to an outstanding exhibitor
The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour
Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award - a trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world
The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition.