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Royal Society of Marine Artists 2022 Exhibition

  • 12th June 2022
painting of fishing boats in harbour called Between Shell Fishing Trips by Alistair Butt RSMA

The Royal Society of Marine Artists 2022 Exhibition is an annual event, held at the Mall Galleries, London. Artists are invited to submit their work for exhibition, alongside the members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA).

The Society offers several prizes and awards, including The Charles Pears Award for outstanding work by a non-member. The Society states:

Whilst much of our work is representational in the broadest sense, our styles, choice of subject matter and painting medium vary enormously. Some of our Members specialise in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels; some find inspiration on the deep sea, others explore what’s under the sea.

But no matter what we paint, or in what style, no matter whether we paint en plein-air or in the studio, the sea is always our main source of inspiration.


The Society of Marine Artists 2022 Exhibition will run from 22 September – 1 October 2022, at the Mall Galleries in London.

Deadline for Entries : 8 July 2022, 12 Noon (GMT)


painting of fishermen on trawler by Henrietta Graham called Twilight Sardine Landing RSMA

©Henrietta Graham ‘Twilight Sardine Landing’ 1st Prize Murray’s Commercial Fishing Award 2021

How to Submit
  • All work must be submitted online.
  • Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected works should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:
  • Upload images of work at www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk between Friday 22 April and Friday 8 July 2022, 12 noon
  • Check www.mallgalleries.oess1.uk from 12 noon on Friday 15 July to see if your work has been pre-selected
  • If pre-selected, deliver your work for final selection on Saturday 13 August, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
  • Check from 12 noon on Tuesday 16 August to see if your work has been selected
    – If unaccepted, collect your work on Thursday 18 August, 10am to 5pm
Conditions of Entry for The Royal Society of Marine Artists 2022 Exhibition
  • Any artist over 18 can submit.
  • Subject matter must be essentially marine in nature, relating in some way to tidal waters of the world; topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed.
  • Works relating to non-tidal rivers, inland lakes and waterways etc are not permissible.
  • Acceptable media: Oil, acrylic, watercolour, original prints of any media, mixed media, drawings, pastels, or sculpture.
  • Submission fee: £20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under)
  • Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB
  • Maximum of six works can be submitted, maximum of four works selected.
  • Works should be no larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension. The size includes the exterior of the frame, or in the case of sculpture, the longest measurement.
  • They state 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, except for prints – framed £200, unframed £120 (buyers will not be charged for postage and packaging of unframed prints, so please ensure the price of unframed prints allows for this).
  • Works may be from a limited edition not exceeding fifty.
  • Artists are strongly urged to submit new work not previously exhibited.
painting of boat reflections in water called Harbour Reflections 2 by Gareth Brown Royal Society of Marine Artists

©Gareth Brown RSMA ‘Harbour Reflections II’ The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize 2021

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 6
First or Single Entry Price: £20
Additional Entries: £20 per artwork up to 6 artworks.

Concession Price for Artists Under 36
Maximum Artwork Entries: 6
First or Single Entry Price: £14
Additional Entries: £14 per artwork up to 6 artworks.

Framing of Works

The Royal Society of Marine Artists advises the use of plain, simple framing in a light or medium colour. Frames and mounts of an unusual colour, size or design may prejudice the chance of acceptance. The following are inadmissible: metal frames, unprotected glass edges and clip frames.

Frames or stretchers should be sufficiently substantial to withstand mirror plating with 12mm size 6 screws.

Works should be delivered without hanging fittings.

painting of boats in harbour called Hazy Light fisher fleet Kings Lynn by Robert Brindley RSMA

©Robert Brindley RSMA ‘Hazy Light, Fisher Fleet, Kings Lynn’ The Topbond Marine Award 2021

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Delivery & Collection
  • Work must be delivered or collected on the specific dates mentioned. No other dates will be acceptable. Uncollected artworks will be removed from the premises and subject to charges.
  • Works should be delivered unwrapped with forms and labels. Please complete all labels carefully and attach to the Works. In particular, please attach labels to the back of picture frames and to the bottom of sculptures. The exhibition catalogue is compiled from the information on the form you provide when you submit.  Therefore you need to complete it accurately.
  • Packaging from works delivered cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
  • They are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
  • Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.
  • If you are sending an artwork from abroad, or are unable to deliver or collect a work in person, see Mall Galleries’ list of couriers mallgalleries.org.uk/call-for-entries/art-couriers who reguarly visit the gallery.
painting of Spider crab called Spidercrab number 9 by Lucy Clayton The Royal Society of Marine Artists

©Lucy Clayton ‘Spidercrab No. 9’ The Artist Magazine Award 2021

What you need to be aware of
  • You will be judged on the image you submit for the Royal Society of Marine Artists 2022 exhibition. Make sure it is a true likeness of the original artwork and is an image of the artwork only, no frame and no background should be visible in the digital image.
  • Then make sure you follow the rules and that your artwork (including frame) is less than 2.4m on the longer dimension. Also ensure your frame is as required, as the Society state unusual coloured frames and mounts ‘may prejudice your chance of selection’.
  • Take the time to read the rules, you don’t want to be rejected, purely because you didn’t follow the rules. See our ‘Best Tips for Art Competitions’.
  • Note all submitted artwork must be for sale and remember to include 45% +VAT Commission when working out your sale price. You can learn more about pricing your art here.
  • If you are pre-selected, you need to deliver your work(s) on the receiving day specified. No other date is available. You will need to remove all packaging upon delivery and take it away with you. They do not have storage facilities for packaging.
  • Finally make a note of all the important dates, as these are the only dates available. You could share delivery and collection of artworks with local fellow artists, saving time and costs between you. Of course this relies on all of you being pre-selected and then finally accepted for the exhibition.

What are the pros and cons of Art Competitions? See ‘Should you Enter Art Competitions’

tiger prawns painting called fresh from the fishmongers by Ollie Tuck The Royal Society of Marine Artists

©Ollie Tuck ‘Fresh from the Fishmongers’ The RSMA New Generation Award 2021

Important Dates of The Royal Society of Marine Artists 2022 Exhibition

Submissions open: Friday 22 April 2022, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 8 July, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 15 July, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 13 August, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: Tuesday 16 August, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 18 August, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: Thursday 22 September, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 1 October, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 6 October, 10am to 5pm

You can learn more about entering the exhibition here


The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and is rotated annually.

The Society states, the selectors’ decisions are final and they are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

All International submissions will be ONLINE ONLY, artists will need to ship their work if selected for the exhibition.

If you are not a UK resident and your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs at www.hmrc.gov.uk (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1)

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 Mall Gallery exhibitions Picture Post Art – Tel: 07833 450788 / Email: [email protected]

Art Couriers

If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, you may wish to use an art courier:

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.

Terms & Conditions

For full terms and conditions, click here.

painting of coastline called Howick by Frances Bell RP Royal Society of Marine Artists

©Frances Bell RP ‘Howick’ The Charles Pears Award 2021

Prizes & Awards for The Royal Society of Marine Artists 2022 Exhibition (subject to final confirmation)

There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:

Baltic Exchange Award: For an outstanding work related to the maritime industry, selected by the Society’s President and the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange. Including works related to trade (ports, cargo vessels, etc), ship building, safety at sea / the crew, the RNLI or NCI. The Baltic is an historic membership organisation at the heart of the international shipping industry, providing services relied upon by shipping markets worldwide. Value £2,000.

The Charles Pears Award: For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. Presented by the RSMA in memory of Charles Pears, founding member and first President. Value £500.

The Kenneth Denton Award: Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton. Value £500.

The Murray’s Commercial Fishing Award: Two prizes for works in any medium depicting commercial fishing. First Prize £500, Second Prize £100.

More Prizes

The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting: For a work in any medium measuring no more than 30 cm / 12 inches along the longest dimension (excluding frame). Made possible by the generosity of a Life Member. Value £300.

The RSMA New Generation Award: Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the time of submission.

The Topbond Marine Award: For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK. Value £250.

The Winsor & Newton Oil Prize: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials for a notable oil painting.

The Artist Magazine Award: The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine.

The Classic Boat Award: A year’s subscription to Classic Boat.


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