The RSMA seeks submissions of painting and sculpture that involve the sea and the marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short anything that involves tidal water.
The Society's Annual Exhibition offers several prizes and awards, including the Baltic Exchange Award worth £2,000 (see 'Prizes & Awards' below).
- 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 £5).
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 (buyers will not be charged for postage and packaging of unframed prints, so please ensure the price of unframed prints allows for this).
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.
Works that differ significantly from the photograph entered will not be exhibited.
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.
- 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.
- 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: 07833 450788 / Email: email@example.com
Terms & Conditions
- For full terms and conditions, click here.
If you are unable to deliver your work in person, several professional art couriers around the country visit the gallery for deliveries and collections, 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:
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.
The Murray's Commercial Fishing Award: Two prizes for works in any medium depicting commercial fishing. First Prize £500, Second Prize £100.
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 Life Member. Value £300.
The RSMA New Generation Award: Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the time of submission.
The Topbond Marine Award: For 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 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.