Here are some of the reasons to enter the RBA Annual Exhibition 2024:
- £10,000 grand prize
- Plus another c. £10,000 of prizes and awards (see 'Prizes & Awards' below)
- Non-members are eligible for all prizes with the exception of the Whistler Award (£3,000)
- 200 non-member works will be selected to show with us and will appear in our catalogue
- We select quality, whether paintings, sculptures, printmaking or drawing
The RBA was formed in 1823 and we have 200 years’ experience of selecting and promoting the best artistic talent. You can trust our Selection Panel to choose quality, no matter the style or medium of the work. Art is many faceted and exciting so, if selected, you will be included in an eclectic show which always has a wonderful buzz and will make you proud to be part of it.
Be positive ... have confidence in your ability and go for it! Last year we had record sales, because the RBA has been at the heart of contemporary art for over two centuries and we are still at it.
- Mick Davies, President, Royal Society of British Artists
Submissions are ONLINE ONLY and open until Wednesday 10 January 2024
We recommend that artists submit well in advance of the deadline to allow time for assistance with their application if required.
Installation images of the RBA Annual Exhibition 2023. Photos by Mark Sepple
How to Submit
A single-stage virtual judging of all submitted works will take place, after which selected works should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for inclusion in the exhibition:
- Upload your work to our Open Exhibition Submission System (OESS) before 12 noon on Wednesday 10 January 2024 [Note: Images must be in JPEG or PNG format and under 5MB]. The judges will make their decision based on these images, therefore please submit good quality photographs.
- Log in to the OESS from 12 noon on Friday 19 January to see if your work has been selected
- If selected, deliver your work on Saturday 17 February, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD. Works should be delivered unwrapped with the relevant form and labels, which are downloadable upon notification of selection.
Submissions open: Wednesday 18 October 2023, 12 noon
Submissions close: Wednesday 10 January 2024, 12 noon
Notification of selection: Friday 19 January, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if selected): Saturday 17 February, 10am to 5pm
Private View (invite only): Wednesday 28 February, 2pm to 8pm, official opening at 6pm
Exhibition opens: Thursday 29 February, 10am to 5pm daily
Exhibition closes: Saturday 9 March, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 14 March, 10am to 5pm
Conditions of Entry
- Any artist over 18 may submit, in the UK, EU, and outside the EU.
- Acceptable media: Painting, sculpture, drawing and original prints.
- A maximum of six works may be submitted, from which a maximum of four works may be selected.
- Work must not have been exhibited previously in London.
- 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.
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 the 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
- The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and is rotated annually.
- Selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.
If selected works arrive damaged, with unacceptable framing, size discrepancies from the original submission, or not as shown online, these will be rejected. All rejected artworks will need to be collected from Mall Galleries by the artist at their expense.
- 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 (please note that where foundry fees apply, foundry costs will be deducted before commission is calculated). 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, the North of England and Birmingham) - email@example.com / 07833 450788
For a full list of Art Couriers, click here.
Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)
The RBA offers many prizes and awards, including:
The Huaicun Zhang Award 2024: £10,000 prize donated by Huaicun Zhang Hon RBA for her choice of an outstanding work in the exhibition
The de Laszlo Foundation Prize: £2,000 awarded to an artist aged 35 or under for the best work from life
Whistler Award, sponsored by Huaicun Zhang Hon RBA: £3,000
The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be featured in The Artist
The Dry Red Press Award: Work published as a greeting card
Frinton Frames Award: £200 of picture framing at Frinton Frames
The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award: £100
The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize: A prize of £250 for draughtsmanship, variety and exploration
Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award: A prize of £250 worth of artist paper
The John Lynn Commemorative Award for a Young Artist: £500
The Michael Harding Awards: Two prizes of £500 worth of art materials
Nathan David Award for Sculpture: £150
The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize: £300
The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award: £250
The Stuart Southall Print Prize: £250
The Surgeon's Prize: £500
The Winsor & Newton Painting Award: Art materials to the value of £500
The President's Award: £100
The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A prize of £50, plus a certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester
The RBA offers a Rome Scholarship to artists aged 18 to 35 years, who live, work or study in the UK. The winner receives £5,000 plus the Scholarship - one month staying at Sala Uno, a highly prestigious gallery and international arts centre in the heart of Rome (flights and half board included). For more information, visit the Society's website.