At the heart of the NEAC is the search, propagation, and education of meaningful and resonant art. It is committed to authenticity through the observation of life, as well as the task of articulating and communicating these ideas, with the beauty of skilful language. At the same time, it strives to keep alive the ideals and ethos of its history.
The NEAC Annual Exhibition is a showcase not only for its members but also for aspiring artists: with a history going back more than a hundred years, it is an opportunity for work to be seen alongside some of the best artists painting today, held at Mall Galleries in London.
The exhibition offers prizes and awards worth over £10,000 (see 'Prizes & Awards' below)
Historically, the New English Art Club was founded by a group of artists dissatisfied with the entrenched attitudes of the Royal Academy. They mounted their first show in 1886 including paintings by Clausen, Sickert and Stanhope Forbes. The club increasingly attracted younger artists, bringing with them the influence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Many diverse styles of art have developed since its founding, adding richness and variety.
Submissions open at 12 noon on Monday 11 December 2023
We recommend that artists submit well in advance of the deadline to allow time for assistance with their application if required.
NEAC Annual Exhibition 2023. Photo by Mark Sepple
How to Submit
All work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected works should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:
– Upload your work to our Open Exhibition Submission System (OESS) between Monday 11 December 2023 and Friday 8 March 2024 [Note: Images must be in JPEG or PNG format and under 5MB]
– Log in to the OESS from 12 noon on Friday 15 March to see if your work has been pre-selected
– If pre-selected, deliver your work for final selection on Saturday 6 April, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD*
– Check this page from 12 noon on Tuesday 9 April to see if your work has been selected
– If unaccepted, collect your work on Thursday 11 April, 10am to 5pm
*International Artists: All international submissions will be selected ONLINE ONLY, therefore selected international artists will need to ship their work to the gallery on a date to be announced.
Submissions open: Monday 11 December 2023, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 8 March 2024, 12 noon
Notification of pre-selection: Friday 15 March, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 6 April, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: Tuesday 9 April, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 11 April, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: Thursday 13 June, 10am to 5pm daily
Exhibition closes: Saturday 22 June, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 27 June, 10am to 5pm
Conditions of Entry
- Any artist over 18 may submit, in the UK, EU, and outside the EU.
- Acceptable media: Paintings, drawings, original framed prints (excluding photography). Note that sculpture is not admissible.
- Work must have been completed in the last two years and must not have been previously exhibited in London.
- A maximum of six works may be submitted, from which a maximum of three works may be selected.
- Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
- There is a non-refundable submission fee of £20 per work for standard entries and £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under. The entry fee includes free admission to the exhibition, normally £5.
- The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the NEAC.
- Selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.
- International Artists: All international submissions will be selected ONLINE ONLY, therefore selected international artists will need to ship their work to the gallery on a date to be announced. Please note that if selected international works arrive damaged, with unacceptable framing, or not as illustrated, they may be rejected.
Presentation, Delivery & Collection
- Frames or stretchers should be sufficiently substantial to withstand mirror plating with 12mm size 6 screws.
- No hooks are required and there should be no projections whatsoever from the back of works. This is to prevent damage to other works.
- Metal frames, clip frames, and diffused picture glass are inadmissible. Frames and mounts of an unusual colour, size or design may prejudice the chance of selection.
- 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 uncollected works may be removed from the gallery after the collection day and stored by an independent courier company at the artist's expense.
- If works are not collected within 12 months of the collection day, the gallery will be entitled to destroy, sell, or otherwise dispose of the works without consent, prior notification, or compensation to the artist.
- Artists are responsible for the full costs of delivery and collection.
- 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
- All work must be for sale.
- Minimum price: £300 (framed prints: £180, unframed prints: £120 - buyers will not be charged for postage and packaging of unframed prints, so please ensure the price of unframed prints allows for this).
- Unless otherwise advised, the gallery will charge a commission on the total price paid for works, including commissioned works, before, during, or as a result of the exhibition.
- The price of works must include commission of 45%+VAT. If an artist is registered for VAT, then the VAT due on the selling price of the works should be included in the price submitted.
- Once work has been submitted, any sale made by the gallery before or during the course of the exhibition shall take precedence and supersede one made privately. Any private sale will incur the normal commission.
- The price provided is the selling price and is the price that the work must be sold at. This price can only be changed by prior written agreement between the gallery and the artist of the relevant work. The gallery reserves the right to query the price of works.
- International Artists: 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 http://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.
Intellectual Property Rights
- All works must be an original creation by the artist.
- The copyright and all other intellectual property rights will remain with the artist. If any rights are owned by a third party, that third party will remain the owner.
- The gallery has the right to reproduce works in connection with the exhibition.
- The gallery will hold personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However the gallery may provide third parties with an artist’s contact details in the course of administering exhibitions, commissions and prizes.
Liability & Indemnity
- The gallery is not responsible for any loss of, or any damage to, works entrusted to them. All goods are at artist owner’s risk absolutely and the gallery and/or their agents exclude all liability to the maximum extent permitted by law. The galleries are used for various purposes and so artists are advised to insure their works against all risks.
- The gallery endeavours to take good care of works sent for exhibition, but in the event of a work sent being lost, destroyed or damaged the gallery’s liability (if any) shall not exceed the value of the work as stated at the time of submission (less 45% plus VAT) or any altered price subsequently.
- In the event of any dispute regarding loss or damage, the dispute shall be referred for final arbitration to an independent expert valuer to be chosen by agreement between the parties, provided that the arbitrator’s award shall not exceed the gallery’s maximum liability as above.
- Artists shall indemnify and keep indemnified the gallery against any actions between the artist and any third party.
If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, the following art couriers may be able to do so on your behalf:
Art Moves of Chelsea (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Bristol) - firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7352 7492
Picture Post Art (Scotland, Birmingham, the North of England, and International) - email@example.com / 07833 450788
For a full list of Art Couriers, click here.
Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The Doreen McIntosh Prize: For an artist whose work fulfils the New English Art Club’s ideals of rigour, immediate engagement with the visual and a searching attitude. Value £3,000.
The Hermione Hammond Drawing Award: £2,000 for a drawing by an emerging artist aged 35 or under
The Val Harris Prize: £2,000 for an outstanding work in the exhibition as judged by curator and gallerist Val Harris
The Table Residency Award: A two-week residency at The Atelier, above the art gallery, The Table, in Hay-on-Wye
The Bowyer Drawing Prize: Selected by the Bowyer family, £500
The Michael Harding Award: £500 worth of art materials
The Milner Prize for an Emerging Artist: £500
The Peter Ashley Framing Prize: Presented by The Artistic Framing Company, a bespoke handmade picture frame will be created for the winning work to the value of £500
The Winsor & Newton Award: Art materials to the value of £500
The NEAC Critics' Prize: £250
The Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate and cheque for £100
The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greetings card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist
Mall Galleries / FBA Award: Ten free submissions to exhibitions by the Federation of British Artists at Mall Galleries (worth up to £200) for a first time exhibitor with the New English Art Club.