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Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2022

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The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2022 is inviting painters, sculptors and printmakers to submit work for the exhibition. Selection will be based on skill, draughtmanship, originality and the creativity you bring to your work.

The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2022 will be open from 3rd March 2022 and runs until 12th March 2022. It will be held at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London. There is usually a large variety of works on display and there are several prizes and awards, worth over £5,000, open to all participating artists.

The Deadline for entries is 10th December 2021, 12 noon.


artwork Inside the Glasshouse by Meg Dutton VPRBA award winner RBA Exhibition

Copyright: ©Meg Dutton VPRBA ‘Inside the Glasshouse’ Winner of 2021 RBA The Artist Magazine Award

How to Submit

All work must be submitted online. You’ll need to complete a registration form, upload your image(s) and make payment. (Images need to be in JPEG format and under 5MB)
Upload images at www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk

Ensure you have a good quality, in focus digital image file of your work. It’s a good idea to check the brightness of your screen, when you view the digital file. An over bright screen may hide the fact you have a dark image and the opposite applies for an under bright screen. So view the digital image file at a reasonable brightness, this will help you decide if your digital image file needs editing before uploading to the gallery. Also ensure your digital image, whether it is of a painting or sculpture, doesn’t have a distracting background.

From 12 noon 17th December 2021 check www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk to see if your work has been pre-selected.

Conditions of Entry
  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Any medium including painting, sculpture and original prints.
  • 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.
  • Work must not have been exhibited previously.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • All work must be for sale. 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).
  • 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).
If Pre-selected

All pre-selected works need to be delivered on 22nd January 2022 between 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD. This is also called the ‘Receiving Day’.

Works should be delivered without any protective packaging, as it cannot be retained. This means you must remove all packaging when you personally deliver the work to the gallery or the picture carrier company you use, will remove the packaging upon delivering to the gallery.

sculpture Artists Mother by Callum Stannard RBA Exhibition award winner 2021

Copyright: ©Callum Stannard RBA ‘Artist’s Mother’ Joint Winner of 2021 RBA The Patron’s Prize

Notification of Selection

You can check www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk from 12 noon 25th January 2022 to see if your work has been selected

If your work is not selected, you need to collect or arrange collection of your work on 27th January between 10am to 5pm.

Note the selectors’ decision is final and that they are unable to offer artists feedback of their work.

Works should be delivered without any protective packaging.
The gallery will not be responsible for wrapping works or providing wrapping materials for any works being returned.
Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.

International Entrants

Artists outside the UK may need to register for VAT. Please check with HM Revenue and Customs https://www.gov.uk
Artists sending work from overseas should use a picture carrier.



Terms and Conditions

Click here for full terms and conditions. of The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2022.

Please check these out, it is in your best interest to fully understand what the rules are, before you enter any exhibition. It also has more information on what type of framing is acceptable.

artwork Citrus in Manibus by Samuel Owusu Achiaw award winner RBA Exhibition

Copyright: ©Samuel Owusu Achiaw ‘Citrus in Manibus’ Winner of 2021 RBA Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award

Important Dates

Submissions open: 11 October 2021, 12 noon
Submissions close: 10 December, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: 17 December, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): 22 January 2022, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: 25 January, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: 27 January, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: 3 March, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: 12 March, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: 17 March, 10am to 5pm

Art Couriers

If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person (some artists are able to work together to share this burden) then there are several art courier companies that you can use:

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.

Check reviews of art couriers, before making your decision.

For Inspiration see the Winners from 2021

Giclée prints of your works

Fine art giclée prints of your work is a great way to earn extra income and make your art accessible to more buyers. At The Artists Print Room we specialise in creating digital images files of your work (paintings, textiles and sculptures) and turning them into quality fine art giclée prints. While offering our best advice and support throughout the whole process, we are also a bespoke fine art printers, meeting the creative needs of artists. Please feel free to Get in touch we’re always happy to help.

artwork Flood and Ice-Belair Park-West Dulwich by Mark McLaughlin award winner RBA Exhibition

Copyright: ©Mark McLaughlin ‘Flood and Ice, Belair Park, West Dulwich’ Winner of 2021 RBA The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize

Bear in Mind
  • You can enter up to six works, but only a maximum of four works may be chosen. At any open exhibition, you don’t normally see more than one or two works accepted by one artist, though of course by entering more works you might be increasing your chances that atleast one of your works is selected.
  • You have to consider your transport costs and time, going to and from the gallery. This isn’t such an issue if you live in London, but the further you have to travel or use an art couriers, the bigger your costs can increase.
  • There is a size limit on the work you can submit, so don’t forget to add the frame to the overall size of your work.
  • When pricing your work, remember to add in all your costs (materials, labour, framing, entry fee,
    transport costs (whether you deliver personally or use a courier), income tax and National Insurance payments and also the gallery’s commission of 45%+VAT.


Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The de Laszlo Foundation Prize: The de Laszlo Medal for Excellence and £1,500 will be awarded for the best artwork from life by an artist aged 35 or under
The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed in The Artist magazine, print and digital editions
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
Frinton Frames Award: £200 of picture framing at Frinton Frames bespoke handfinished picture frame makers
The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award: £100
The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize: £250 for draughtsmanship, variety & exploration
Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award: A prize of artist paper, worth £250
The John Lynn Commemorative Award for a Young Artist: £500
The Michael Harding Awards: Two awards of £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials, and 10 painting starter sets
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




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