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 at their Annual Exhibition 2018.

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 9 April and Friday 6 July 2018, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check on Friday 13 July, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 11 August 2018, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check on Tuesday 14 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 16 August, 10am to 5pm

Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 9 April 2018, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 6 July, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 13 July, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 11 August, 10am to 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 14 August, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 16 August, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Thursday 11 October, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 20 October, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 25 October, 10am to 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: £18 per work (£12 per work for artists aged 35 or under), including Free Admission to the exhibition (normally £4)

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.

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:

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

The R K Burt Canson 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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