The 2016 annual exhibition was by far the largest ever staged by the RSMA, with over 400 works showing in all three gallery spaces at Mall Galleries. We were able to show more works by our members but, equally importantly, we increased the number and range of works accepted from non-members. We were delighted that the work submitted by these non-members was particularly strong this
year and we look forward to seeing them
again in the future: indeed, we hope some
of them will go on to become elected members of the RSMA.
Visitor numbers were high: there was a real buzz in the gallery on a daily basis as visitors enjoyed the huge diversity of the paintings, drawings and sculpture on show. Their appreciation of the work was reflected in the sales, which were once again excellent.
We always aim to encourage anyone to try their hand at the visual arts, and especially, of course, to seek their inspiration from marine subjects.
To this end members gave free painting demonstrations throughout the exhibition, each working in their own style and chosen media, and these, as always, proved very popular.
Visitors were able to watch the fascinating process of a painting progressing through its many stages until completion is finally reached, and to ask questions about technique and materials. For those wishing for a more hands-on experience, we also ran a series of all-day practical painting workshops, tutored by some of our most experienced members.