Exhibition information - Mall Galleries, London

Important exhibition dates and times:

Tuesday 9th October

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

Wednesday 10th 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 with guest of honour.

Thursday 11 October
Exhibition open to the public. 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Saturday 20 October

Exhibition closes at 5.00pm on the final day.

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:
13 July, from 12 noon, (if your work/works are pre-selected then please deliver them to the Mall Galleries on the receiving day - 11th 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 - 2018

ALL work must be submitted online.

Upload images of work at http://mallgalleries.oess.uk between Monday 9 April 2018, 12 noon and Friday 6 July, 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 Friday 13 July, 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected.

If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 11 August, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.

Check mallgalleries.org.uk on Tuesday 14 August, 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 Thursday 16 August, 10am to 5pm.

Pre-submission opens: 9 April 2018, 12 noon

Pre-submission closes: 6 July, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: 13 July, 12 noon (Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected)

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): 11 August, 10am to 5pm

Acceptance notification: 14th August, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: 16 August, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: 11th October, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: 20th October, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: 25th October, 10am - 5pm

2018 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.

New Award for 2018

The Kenneth Denton Award

For a work on the theme 'The Sea in all its Moods'. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton.

Value: £500.

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 on the theme 'Sea and Sky'. Given by Mary Gardner in memory of her husband, past member Derek Gardner.

Value: £150

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.

Sea Pictures Gallery Award: Working Relationships

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

Value: £250

The Classic Boat Prize

The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.

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 and Arches Award

For a work on paper.

Value: 50 sheets of high quality artist paper.

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.

The RSMA New Generation Award

The successful artist will receive £250 and have a dedicated page in the catalogue featuring the winning work and a short biography. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the close of submissions.


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 2018 RSMA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

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

Submission Fees

£18 for each work. (£12 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:

Saturday 11th 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

Thursday 16 August, 10am to 5pm.
Collection is only on this date.

Collection of unsold exhibition work

Thursday 25 October, 10am to 5pm.
Collection is only on this date.

2018 RSMA Exhibition Details

Private View:
10th October, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Exhibition open to the public:
11th October to 20th October

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