The RSMA seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment

Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) at their Annual Exhibition 2019.

The exhibition includes several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists (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 entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

- Upload images of work at mallgalleries.oess1.uk between Monday 8 April and Friday 5 July 2019, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check mallgalleries.oess1.uk on Friday 12 July, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 10 August, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check mallgalleries.org.uk on Tuesday 13 August, 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 15 August, 10am to 5pm


Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 8 April 2019, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 5 July, 12 noon

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

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 10 August, 10am to 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 13 August, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 15 August, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 10 October, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 19 October, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 24 October, 10am to 5pm


Conditions

Eligibility

  • 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: £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.

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 Society and is rotated annually.
  • Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

  • Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU or elsewhere are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists without a UK residence (known as 'NETPs' - non-established taxable persons) can find further details on 'NETP' status and how to register for VAT at www.hmrc.gov.uk, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading 'Should I be registered for VAT?' Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261.
  • 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: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email: info@picturepostcompany.co.uk

Terms & Conditions

  • For full terms and conditions, 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 in the exhibition, selected by the Society’s President on behalf of Baltic Exchange, a membership organisation at the heart of the maritime community providing services relied upon worldwide by shipping market participants. 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: For a work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton. Value £500.

NEW The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award: For a work in any medium depicting commercial fishing. Value £500.

NEW 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 member. Value: £300.

The RSMA New Generation Award: Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250 and have a dedicated page in the catalogue featuring the winning work and a short biography. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the time of submission.

The Sea Pictures Gallery Award: Working Relationships; for work depicting the working side of the marine environment. Any medium or sculpture. Value £250.

The Topbond Marine AwardFor 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 materials for a notable oil painting. 

The Derek Gardner Award: For a work on the theme "Sea and Sky". Given by Mary Gardner in memory of her husband, past member Derek Gardner. Value £150.

The Russell and Chapple Canvas Prize: Russell and Chapple, a specialist supplier of canvas and stretcher bars for nearly 250 years, is proud to present their prize for an outstanding work in oils or acrylics: £100 worth of Russell and Chapple canvas and bar supplies.

The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine.

The Classic Boat Award: The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.

The R K Burt Paper Prize: High quality artist paper for a work on paper.