The RI seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting.

Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) at their 207th Exhibition 2019.

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


Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 1 October 2018, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 4 January 2019, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 11 January, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

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


Conditions

Eligibility

  • 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.

Selection

  • 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.

International Entrants

  • 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: info@picturepostcompany.co.uk

Terms & Conditions


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

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

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

The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.