The RSMA seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches and wildlife.

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

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 between Monday 27 March and Friday 30 June 2017, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check on Friday 7 July, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

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

- Check on Tuesday 8 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 10 August, 10am - 5pm

Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 27 March 2017, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 30 June, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 7 July, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

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

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 8 August, 12 noon

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

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

Exhibition closes: Saturday 14 October, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 19 October, 10am - 5pm


Any artist over 18 may submit.

Acceptable media: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.

Submission fee: £15 per work (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).

Works should be no larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.

Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.

Maximum of six works submitted.

Maximum of four works selected.

All work must be for sale. The price of works must include commission of 45%+VAT (with the exception of works for which foundry fees are applicable, where the commission is 33.3%+VAT) .

Minimum price: £300, except for prints - unframed £120, framed £200.

Works may be from a limited edition not exceeding fifty.

Artists are strongly urged to submit new work not previously exhibited.

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, (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 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:

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Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:

The Charles Pears Award: For an outstanding work by a non-member, to be chosen by the RSMA Selection Committee. Any medium. Value £500

The Classic Boat Prize: For work broadly celebrating the subject matter of Classic Boat magazine (in particular wooden boats and yachts, or traditional crafts associated with them). Any medium. The winning work will be illustrated in Classic Boat

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

The Russell and Chapple Canvas Prize: Russell and Chapple, a supplier of canvas and other painting surfaces for over 200 years, is proud to present the Russell and Chapple Canvas Prize, £100 worth of canvas supplies for an outstanding work in oils or acrylics

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

The Winsor & Newton Oil Prize: For a notable oil painting. £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner

The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition

The Derek Gardner 'Sea & Sky' Award: Value £150

The Topbond Marine AwardFor works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK. Value £250.

The RSMA 35 or Under AwardFor a work by a non-member aged 35 or under at the time of submission. The successful artist will have a dedicated page in the catalogue featuring the winning work and a short biography.

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