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Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition 2022

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You can now enter the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition 2022, it is their 210th Exhibition. The Institute is inviting all artists who paint in water based media (except water based oil paint) to submit paintings on paper to their 210th Exhibition. The Exhibition will be held at the Mall Galleries in London, from 13th April to 23rd April 2022.

Deadline for Submissions is 28th January 2022, 12 Noon.

watercolour painting of woman by Jack Haslam titled Someone Everyone Winner 2021 Royal-Institute-of-Painters-in-Water-Colours-Exhibition

©Jack Haslam ‘Someone Everyone’ Winner 2021 The President’s Choice Award

How to submit your work
  • All work must be submitted online. Then pre-selection will take place. Next all pre-selected works will need to be delivered to the Mall Galleries in London, where the final selection will be chosen.
  • You need to have registered and submitted your images by 28th January 2022 12 Noon, at the latest.
  • Your uploaded images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB.
  • All submissions are processed through the Mall Galleries website, use the Link Below:
Important Dates

Submissions open: Monday 29 November 2021, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 28 January 2022, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 4 February, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 5 March, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: Tuesday 8 March, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 10 March, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: Thursday 14 April, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 23 April, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 28 April, 10am to 5pm

watercolour landscape painting by Teresa-Lawler-Haven-6-On-The-Edge-Of-The-City winner Royal-Institute-of-Painters-in-Water-Colours-Exhibition-2021

©Teresa Lawler RI ‘Haven 6 On The Edge Of The City’ The Winsor & Newton Award 2021


– Check mallgalleries.oess1.uk on Friday 4 February, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected
– If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 5 March, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
– Check the above link again from 12 noon on Tuesday 8 March to see if your work has been selected
– If unaccepted, collect your work on Thursday 10 March, 10am to 5pm

Conditions of Entry

Any artist over 18 may submit.
Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in London.
Submission fee: £20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
Maximum of six works submitted.
Maximum of four works selected.
All paintings must be well presented, glazed and suitably framed (no metal or clips frames are permitted).
Works must not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide including the frame. The Council have the right to withdraw paintings that are over this limit.
All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £350.
The price of works must include 45%+VAT commission.

Gorse watercolour painting by Ann Blockley Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour winner 2021

©Ann Blockley RI ‘Gorse’ Winner 2021 The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award

Delivery & Collection

Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
The Gallery are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.


The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition 2022 Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Institute.
Please note that selectors’ decisions are final and they are unable to offer feedback.

Watercolour painting of woman lying down by Man Howard titled Inside, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition 2022 - 2021 Winner

©Iman Howard ‘Inside’ Winner 2021 The John Purcell Paper Prize

International Entrants

Artists from outside the UK may need to register for VAT, please check with HM Revenue and Customs: https://www.gov.uk
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 protected]

Terms & Conditions

For full terms and conditions, click here.

A few things to consider when Entering an Art Exhibition
        • Digital Image File – make sure you have a good digital image file of your artwork at the required specifications. Don’t forget you will be judged on this image(s). Ensure the image is ONLY of your artwork, no background or frame, that it has a good white balance, is in focus and is a true representation of the colours in the original artwork.
        • Registration – Don’t leave it until the last minute to register, you may miss something important and don’t leave titling your works until the last minute. You could regret the choice you make. Plan ahead and read the terms and conditions, they are there for your benefit.
        • Delivery and Collection – make a note of all the important dates. You can only deliver and collect works on specific days. Plan ahead and consider how you will transport your artworks and whether a friend or an art courier company will be needed. Also factor this into your costs when working out your selling price for your artworks in the Exhibition. Remember you will have to take away all packaging upon delivery and wrap works upon collection.
        • International Artists – You may need to be registered for VAT. 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. 0845 010 9000 or, if your call is from outside the UK, +44 2920501 261.
        • Artwork Selling Price – Take note artworks need to be for sale and must have a minimum selling price of £350. Be aware the gallery charges 45%+VAT Commission on sold works. So when you work out a price for your artworks consider the following :
          landscape watercolour painting Bow River by Ian Sidaway RI winner 2021 Royal-Institute-of-Painters-in-Water-Colours-Exhibition

          ©Ian Sidaway RI ‘The Bow River’ Winner 2021 The Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prize for a Member

          Time and materials cost to produce the work
          Framing costs
          Exhibition entry fees
          Transport costs
          Income Tax and National Insurance due on sales
          Gallery commission of 45%+VAT

Working out the monies you receive from a sale after Gallery Commission 

For Example:

Artwork selling price of £500

45% Commission of £500 is £225
20% VAT on Commission is £45

Total Gallery Commission is £270 (£225 + £45)

Selling price £500 less Commission leaves £230, this is the money you receive from the sale. You have to deduct your costs from this figure to see what income you actually made. Hopefully this example will you give a better understanding of what your artwork selling price should be, to cover your costs and more.

Child watercolour portrait titled Scarborough Beach by Louise Saward 2021 winner RI Painters in Water Colours Exhibition

©Louise Saward ‘Scarborough Beach’ Winner 2021 The Chaoshan Watercolour Award

Turn your art into Giclée Prints

Turning your art into giclée prints can be another income stream for artists. At The Artists Print Room we use our years of fine art printing expertise to create digital image files of your artworks, to achieve beautifully reproduced giclée prints. We pride ourselves on being a bespoke fine art printers, that has the knowledge and experience to provide our artists with fine art prints, that attain the creative vision of their original artwork. Please feel free to Get in touch we are always happy to help.

Art Couriers

If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, several art couriers around the country visit the galleries, including:
Art Moves of Chelsea (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Bristol) – [email protected] / 020 7352 7492
Picture Post Art (Scotland, the North of England and Birmingham) – [email protected] / 07833 450788
South Hams Express (Penzance, Totnes, Exeter and Southampton) – [email protected] / 07502 041139
For a fuller list of Art Couriers, click here.

Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The Winsor & Newton Award: £3000 cash, awarded to an individual member or non-member
The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1000 RRP of Winsor & Newton art materials of choice, awarded to an individual member or non-member
The Leathersellers’ Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist between 18 and 30 years old
The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple
The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell
The Debra Manifold Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition
The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda’s finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting
The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolour set awarded to an outstanding exhibitor
Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: An outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester
The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press ‘Prize Winners’ range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist.
Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: For a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world.
The James Fletcher-Watson RI Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition
The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour
The Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence
The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: an award of £250 for creative use of colour





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