20 May 2021 to 29 May 2021

11am to 4pm

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In all three gallery spaces

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£5, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries, RI fRIends, and under 25s. Concessions available. 

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 209th show is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, showcasing over 400 of the best contemporary water-based media paintings from around the globe. Since its founding in 1831 the RI has become universally recognised as one of the leading art institutes. 

Showing a diversity of styles and techniques, the exhibition is an annual survey of how contemporary artists are using this age-old medium and a great place to pick up vibrant, original works with prices starting from £350.

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Selected Works

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

Bernard-Mike-The-Grand-Canal-from-the-Rialto-Bridge-Venice.jpg

The Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, Venice

Mike Bernard RI

Mixed media
23 x 25 cm (48 x 50 cm framed)
£750
Bhatia-Varsha-On-The-Tower-Bridge.jpg

On The Tower Bridge

Varsha Bhatia RI

Watercolour
80 x 36 cm (94 x 50 cm framed)
£1,800
Bhatia-Varsha-Pavilion-on-Terrace-of-Vijaya-Vilas-Palace-Mandvi.jpg

Pavilion on Terrace of Vijaya Vilas Palace, Mandvi

Varsha Bhatia RI

Watercolour
32 x 49 cm (46 x 64 cm framed)
£1,400
Bhatia-Varsha-Rose-Window-York-Minster.jpg

Rose Window, York Minster

Varsha Bhatia RI

Watercolour
22 x 22 cm (33 x 33 cm framed)
£500
Bhatia-Varsha-The-Houses-of-Parliament.jpg

The Houses of Parliament

Varsha Bhatia RI

Watercolour
15 x 30 cm (29 x 44 cm framed)
£800
Bhatia-Varsha-Tower-of-London.jpg

Tower of London

Varsha Bhatia RI

Watercolour
36 x 33 cm (51 x 47 cm framed)
£1,000
Bhatia-Varsha-Trinity-College-Cambridge.jpg

Trinity College, Cambridge

Varsha Bhatia RI

Watercolour
53 x 35 cm (67 x 49 cm framed)
£1,600
Birnbaum-Aimee-Guardian-Of-The-Forest.jpg

Guardian of the Forest

Aimee Birnbaum RI

Watercolour
44 x 59 cm (65 x 75 cm framed)
£1,400
Birnbaum-Aimee-Lost-At-Sea.jpg

Lost at Sea

Aimee Birnbaum RI

Watercolour & ink
44 x 58 cm (59 x 76 cm framed)
£1,200
Birnbaum-Aimee-Open-Your-Heart.jpg

Open Your Heart

Aimee Birnbaum RI

Watercolour
35 x 30 cm (50 x 39 cm framed)
£450
Birnbaum-Aimee-Storm-Tossed.jpg

Storm Tossed

Aimee Birnbaum RI

Watercolour
43 x 59 cm (58 x 77 cm framed)
£1,400
Birnbaum-Aimee-The-Enchanted-Wood.jpg

The Enchanted Wood

Aimee Birnbaum RI

Watercolour & ink
46 x 52 cm (66 x 75 cm framed)
£1,400
Birnbaum-Aimee-Two-Moving-As-One.jpg

Two Moving as One

Aimee Birnbaum RI

Watercolour
30 x 22 cm (50 x 39 cm framed)
£600
Suman-Bist.jpg

Indian Summer

Suman Bist

Watercolour
33 x 45 cm (42 x 53 cm framed)
£1,350
Blockley-Ann-Buttercup-Field.jpg

Buttercup Field

Ann Blockley RI

Egg tempera
33 x 27 cm (53 x 47 cm framed)
£550
Blockley-Ann-Do-You-Like-Butter.jpg

Do You Like Butter

Ann Blockley RI

Egg tempera & collage
33 x 26 cm (53 x 47 cm framed)
£550
Blockley-Ann-Field-Hedgerow.jpg

Field Hedgerow

Ann Blockley RI

Water-based paint & site materials
29 x 29 cm (49 x 49 cm framed)
£550
Blockley-Ann-Gorse.jpg

Gorse

Ann Blockley RI

Watercolour & dried gorse
29 x 26 cm (49 x 49 cm framed)
£550
Boanas-Diana-Heavens-Opened.jpg

Heavens Opened

Diana Boanas

Pure watercolour
35 x 58 cm (44 x 67 cm framed)
£550
Bone-Charles-Hagar-Qim.jpg

Hagar Qim 3000 BC

Charles Bone PPRI

Watercolour
32 x 45 cm
£650
Bone-Charles-John-Ogden.jpg

John Ogden

Charles Bone PPRI

Watercolour
45 x 32 cm
£650
Bone-Charles-Low-Tide-Andratx.jpg

Low Tide Andratx

Charles Bone PPRI

Watercolour
80 x 120 cm
£2,500
Bone-Charles-Provence.jpg

Provence

Charles Bone PPRI

Watercolour
45 x 32 cm
£650
Bone-Charles-Ruins-from-King-John.jpg

Ruins from King John

Charles Bone PPRI

Watercolour
32 x 45 cm
£650
Bowman-Day-Study-2-Citadel-Series.jpg

Study 2 Citadel Series

Day Bowman

Gouache & graphite
20 x 20 cm (40 x 40 cm framed)
£350

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