Annual exhibition

Annual exhibition

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Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2017

Founded in 1882, the ROI seeks work in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting.

Submissions are invited to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition 2017 at Mall Galleries 

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ROI 2016 annual exhibtion

How to submit

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

  •  Upload images of work at between Monday 22 May and Friday 25 August 2017, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]
  • Check on Friday 1 September, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected
  • If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 7 October, 10am – 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
  • Check on Tuesday 10 October, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition
  • If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Thursday 12 October, 10am – 5pm
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ROI Selection day

Important Dates

  • Submission opens: Monday 22 May 2017, 12 noon
  • Submission closes: Friday 25 August, 12 noon
  • Pre-selection notification: Friday 1 September, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]
  • Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 7 October, 10am – 5pm
  • Acceptance notification: Tuesday 10 October, 12 noon
  • Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 12 October, 10am – 5pm
  • Exhibition open: Wednesday 29 November, 10am – 5pm
  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 10 December, 1pm
  • Unsold collection: Thursday 14 December, 10am – 5pm


  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Oils. Acrylic is acceptable if it is framed as an oil, so as not to spoil the general appearance od the exhibition. Glazing or wide mounts between painting and frame, as in watercolours, are not acceptable.
  • Submission fee: £15 per work at the time of submitting (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
  • Work must have been completed in the last three years and not been exhibited in London previously.
  • All work must be for sale. Minimum sale price: £300 
  • Maximum of six works submitted.
  • Maximum of four works selected.
  • Works must be framed for final selection.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.

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 and 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, (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. 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261.

Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post – Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email:

For full terms and conditions, click here.

Prizes & Awards

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

  • The Stanley Grimm Prize – Two awards of £700, to the painters whose work receive the most votes from visitors to the exhibition
  • The Alan Gourley Memorial Award – £1,000
  • Winsor & Newton Young Artist Awards (for artists aged 35 or under) – First Prize: £1,000 / Second Prize: £600 / Third Prize: £400 worth of Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials
  • Winsor & Newton Non-Member Award – £150 worth of Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials
  • The Le Clerc Fowle Medal 
  • L. Cornelissen & Son – a contemporary version of a Victorian Oil Painter’s equipment
  • Frank Herring Easel Award – an easel
  • The Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award – £250
  • The Phyllis Roberts Award – £2,000
  • The Artist Magazine Award – a feature in The Artist magazine
  • 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.