2016 Exhibition information - Mall Galleries, London

Important exhibition dates and times:

3th October

RSMA Friends' Evening: Ticket required. 5.30 – 7.30pm

4th October

Private View: Invitation only. 11.00am – 8.00pm.
The President will lead a free guided tour of the exhibition starting at 11:30am.
Opening & awards presentation at 3.30pm - guest of honour Rear Admiral Chris Gardner.

5th October
Exhibition open to the public. 10.00am – 5.00pm.

14th October

Exhibition closes at 5.00pm on the final day.

2017 RSMA Exhibition previews can be seen on the two links below

2017 RSMA Workshops now booking

During the RSMA 2017 exhibition the following Members and Associate Members will be working in the gallery.
Please do come along to watch them at work and pick up tips on painting in a variety of styles and media.

Thursday 5th October

Peter Cronin ARSMA – Watercolour
10am – 12.00am & 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Peter Cronin demo

Saturday 7th October

Ben Mowll RSMA – Watercolour
2.00pm – 4.30pm

Ben Mowll demo

Monday 9th October

Barry Peckham RSMA – Oils
12.00am – 2.30pm

Barry Peckham Demo

Wednesday 11th October

Lorraine Abraham RSMA – Scratchboard & Ink, work in progress.
11.00am – 12.30pm & 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Wednesday 11th October

David Allen RSMA - Pastels
1.00pm – 3.30pm

2017 Prizes and Awards

Each year a number of prizes are awarded. Most of the prize-winners are selected by the companies or individuals sponsoring the award.
We are most grateful for the continuing support of all our sponsors.

The Artist Magazine Award

For the most deserving work, as judged by the Magazine. The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition.

Value: feature article in The Artist magazine.

The Derek Gardner 'Sea and Sky' Award

For a work depicting Sea and Sky.

Value: £150

The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize

For a notable oil painting.

Value: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner.

The R K Burt Canson Prize

High quality artist paper for a work on paper

Sea Pictures Gallery Award: Working Relationships

For a work depicting the working side of the marine environment.

Value: £250

The Russell and Chapple Prize

Russell and Chapple, a supplier of canvas and other painting surfaces for over 200 years, is proud to present the Russell and Chapple Canvas Prize, £100 worth of canvas supplies for an outstanding work in oils or acrylics.

Value: £100 worth of canvas supplies.

The RSMA 35 or Under Award

For a work by a non-member aged 35 or under at the time of submission. The successful artist will have a dedicated page in the RSMA catalogue featuring the winning work and a short biography

The Classic Boat Award

For the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat, judged by a representative from Classic Boat Magazine.

Value: The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures.

The Charles Pears Award

For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. To be judged by the RSMA Selection Committee.

Value: £500.

The Topbond Marine Award

For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK.

Value: £250.

General guidance on submitting work to an RSMA Annual Exhibition

Every autumn the RSMA stages its Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London.

This Open Exhibition is widely recognised as a showcase for the best in contemporary marine art, with selected work by non-members hung alongside the work of our current Members.

We welcome submissions from any artist producing work with a marine theme.

Registration & Digital Submission (pre-selection) to the RSMA Open Exhibition

More useful information before submitting work can be found on the links below:

Registering - exhibitions registration

links to registrationmallgalleries.org.uk

Submitting work - submit to RSMA exhibition

Terms and conditions - see here

Notification of pre-selection will be posted on http://mallgalleries.oess.uk from:
1 July, from 12 noon, (if your work/works are pre-selected then please deliver them to the Mall Galleries on the receiving day - Sat 30th August 10:00am - 5:00pm)

Artists resident outside the UK

Artists resident outside the UK should take note of the additional conditions that apply to them.

Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU are welcome to submit work.
If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register an account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs.

Artists submitting work from outside the UK and EU must be registered BEFORE they submit online. 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 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.

Subject matter

The 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.
Paintings of non-tidal rivers, inland lakes and waterways etc are not permissible.
Most media are acceptable, including oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, drawings, original prints and sculpture.

How to submit and important dates - 2017

ALL work must be submitted online.

Upload images of work at http://mallgalleries.oess.uk between 27th March 2017 and 30th June 2017, 12 noon (Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB).

Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection.

Check registrationmallgalleries.org.uk on 1st July, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected.

If pre-selected, deliver your work on 5th August, 10am - 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.

Check mallgalleries.org.uk on 7th August, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the RSMA exhibition.

If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on 10th August, 10am - 5pm

Pre-submission opens: 27th March 2017, 12 noon

Pre-submission closes: 30th June, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: 1st July, 12 noon (Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected)

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): 5th August, 10am - 5pm

Acceptance notification: 7th August, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: 10th August, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: 5th October, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: 14th October, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: 19th October, 10am - 5pm


Paintings, scuptures and limited edition prints

Artist are strongly urged to submit new work not previously exhibited.

A maximum of six works may be submitted of which four may be selected for exhibition.

Prints must be from a limited edition not exceeding 50.

Pre-selected works delivered to the Mall Galleries must be exhibition-ready but with NO hanging fittings. Frames or stretchers should be sufficiently substantial to withstand mirror plating with 12mm size 6 screws. There should be no projections from the back of the frame. The following are inadmissible: metal frames, unprotected glass edges and clip frames.

Works must not exceed 2.4m in size in any direction.

We advise 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 hanging.


All works must be for sale.
Prices should include gallery commission (including tax) and VAT if the artist is VAT registered.

The price entered on the Registration Form is the catalogue selling price.

The minimum price for any work is £300, except for prints - unframed £120, framed £200

Be part of the 2017 RSMA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

RSMA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
RSMA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

Submission Fees

£15 for each work. (£10 per work for artists aged 35 and under).


The Mall Galleries' commission is 45% (plus VAT).

RSMA receiving day, collection of unaccepted work, collection of unsold exhibition work

RSMA Receiving day:

5th August, 10am - 5pm. Delivery is only on this day.

Your work, plus the Registration Form, must be delivered to: Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD. Note that the handing-in location is on Carlton House Terrance and not the main gallery which is on The Mall.

If you live outside London or cannot deliver there are regional collections. See this link for information on regional handing-in points. Please contact the companies for cost, collection times etc.

You are advised to check the relevant websites for any events or road closures in central London, or public transport delays or cancellations, that might effect your journey.

Collection of unaccepted work

10th August, 10am - 5pm.
Collection is only on this date.

Collection of unsold exhibition work

19th October, 10am - 5pm.
Collection is only on this date.

2017 RSMA Exhibition Details

Private View:
4th October, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Exhibition open to the public:
5th October to 14th October

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