10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Closed all day on Sunday 16 April 2017 for Easter Sunday

6 April 2017 to 22 April 2017
Main Gallery, North Gallery, Threadneedle Space

Admission £4, £2.50 concessions, 50% off for National Art Pass holders, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries, RI Friends and under 18s


The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has been showing the best in contemporary watercolour painting since 1831. Along with works by elected members, the annual exhibition contains works by new, young and innovative artists selected from open submission, showing the full breadth of today’s diverse uses of water-soluble media.                   

A number of prizes are awarded to artists in the exhibition, including the £1,000 Leathersellers' Prize, specifically to encourage younger artists taking up watercolours. This exhibition will be an ideal opportunity to purchase a work of art by some of the finest watercolourists working today.

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Exhibiting artists

Kate Bentley ARSBA SWA
Varasha Bhatia
Stephen Bragg
Julian Bray
Hilary Burnett Cooper
Geoff Butterworth
Daniel Byrne
Olga Cannon-Brookes
Richard Caplin
Karen Chapman SWA
Chung-Wei Chien
Julie Collins
Marjorie Collins
James Cowan
Leo Davey
Graham Davies
Andrew Dibben
Aine Divine
Filipe Miguel das Dores
Paolo Doyle
Mark Elsmore
Bryan Evans
Amanda A Fletcher
Pasqualino Fracasso
Mari French
Steven Garner
Susan Grant
Nicola Gregory
Veronica Guest
Xi Guo
Frances Hatch
Nicki Heenan
Simon Hodges
Jane Hodgson
Philip Hood
Keith Hornblower
Andrew Horrod
Jasmine Huang
Muhan Huang
Gwil Hughes
Henry Jones
Janet Kenyon
Christopher Le Brun PRA Hon RI
Jiemin Lin
Zi Ling
Kerk Hwang Lok
Juliette Losq
Ewan MacDonald
Ann Mackowski
Kathryn Maple
Lucy Marks
Lenka Medlik
Gabrielle Moulding
Owen Munisamy
Elizabeth Nast
Susan Neale
Rika Newcombe
Archie Niven
Chinmaya Panda
Matthew Phinn
Roberto Ponte
Joanne Powell
Nigel Priddey
Cathy Read
Brian Robinson
Brian Robinson
Gill Robinson
Rosalind Robinson
Jenny Ross
Diana Sheldon
Katy Shepherd
Claire Sprakes
Frances Steele
Ray Styles
Kai-Ting Sung
David Thomas
Richard Thorn
Wilk Urszula
Sheila Vaughan
David Walker
Dee Walker
Louise Walker
Tana West
Sarah Wood SBA
Chong-zhi Zeng
Martha Zmpounou

Selected Works

Click on an image to enquire about purchasing a work from this exhibition

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The Meeting Place

Richard Slater Hon Rtd RI
Watercolour, 40 x 50 cm, SOLD
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Past and Present

Brian Smith
Watercolour, 63 x 85 cm, £1,950
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Sienna Clean Up

Brian Smith
Watercolour, 60 x 77 cm, £1,950
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Geo, Brough of Birsay, Orkney

Julia Sorrell RI
Watercolour & ink, 95 x 128 cm, £1,500
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Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

Julia Sorrell RI
Watercolour, ink & chalk, 95 x 128 cm, £1,500
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Lunch @ Wagamama

Claire Sparkes
Watercolour, gouache & pen, 75 x 60 cm, £1,060


Claire Sparkes
Watercolour & pencil, 94 x 84 cm, £1,320

February Evening

Edward Stamp RI
Watercolour, 51 x 60 cm , £650
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Pin Mill River Mist

Frances Steele
Pigment & water soluble medium, 22 x 39 cm, £465
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Red Pebble East Dart

Ray Styles
Watercolour, 28 x 19 cm, £475
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Hualien Town Sunlight

Kai-Ting Sung
Watercolour, 54 x 38 cm, £1,800


Kai-Ting Sung
Watercolour, 54 x 38 cm, £1,400


David Thomas
Watercolour, 48 x 34 cm, £700
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Waiting for the Telegram

David Thomas
Watercolour, 72 x 86 cm, £2,000
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Autumn Chiaroscuro

Richard Thorn
Gouache, 40 x 53 cm, £2,800
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Autumn in the Orchard

Richard Thorn
Watercolour & gouache, 37 x 66 cm, £3,000

Slices of Golden Apples

Shirley Trevena RI
Watercolour & mixed media, 69 x 62 cm, £2,000


Stephanie Tuckwell
Watercolour, ink & compressed charcoal, 60 x 58 cm, £795
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Pale Morning

Naomi Tydeman RI
Watercolour & gold leaf, 57 x 57 cm, £1,250
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Stack Rocks, St Brides Bay

Naomi Tydeman RI
Watercolour & gold leaf, 57 x 57 cm, £1,250
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Serie "White Line Symphony" 2

Wilk Urszula
Watercolour, 109 x 80 cm, £3,800
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A Cry to the Faithful

Sheila Vaughan
Ink & acrylic, 61 x 61 cm, £455
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Egypt's Deserts Rough and Wild

Sheila Vaughan
Ink & acrylic, 61 x 61 cm, £455

I Dream Of A Garden

Dee Walker
Watercolour, gouache & graphite, 16 x 18 cm, £460
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Munificent Monards

Louise Walker
Watercolour, 110 x 168 cm, £4,500

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6 April 2017
with Jean Noble RI
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Steven Allan Griffiths RI will be painting in the gallery
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7 April 2017
George Politis RI will be painting in the gallery
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Artist demonstration
7 April 2017 to 21 April 2017
Ian Sidaway will be showing his sketchbooks
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Bob Rudd RI will be painting in the gallery
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8 April 2017 to 22 April 2017
Member artists will be in the gallery to answer visitor questions
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Artist demonstration
8 April 2017 to 11 April 2017
Chris Forsey RI will be painting in the gallery
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8 April 2017
Paul Banning RI RSMA will be painting in the gallery
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Artist Workshop
10 April 2017
with Richard Plincke RI
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Artist demonstration
11 April 2017
John Yardley RI will be painting in the gallery
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Artist demonstration
11 April 2017
Colin Allbrook RI will be showing his sketchbooks
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Artist demonstration
12 April 2017
Roger Dellar RI will be painting in the gallery.
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Exhibition Tour
12 April 2017 to 20 April 2017
A number of guided tours are taking place, led by members of the RI
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13 April 2017
Talk by Julia Sorrell RI RBA
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Artist demonstration
15 April 2017
Pauline Fazakerley RI will be painting in the gallery
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Artist demonstration
15 April 2017
David A Parfitt RI will be showing his sketchbooks
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Artist Workshop
18 April 2017
with David Poxon RI
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Artist Workshop
21 April 2017
with Anne McCormack RI
Artist Workshop
29 April 2017
Watercolour Workshop led by Paul Banning RI RSMA