Annual exhibition

Annual exhibition

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2017

Old Toy Bus on Glass, by Lucy Mckie ROI

‘Old Toy Bus on Glass’, oil 54×58.75cm by Lucy Mckie ROI

Founded in 1882, the ROI seeks work in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting. The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition has a well earned reputation for attracting highly exciting young exhibitors, alongside the much admired, more established member artists. This year the trend will continue, with new artists and new discoveries waiting to be made.

The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the many and varied ways in which artists use oil paint today, from a traditional approach to this highly technical media through to more innovative uses of material, style and content.

Offering valuable prizes such as The Phyllis Roberts Award (worth £2,000) and The Winsor & Newton Young Artist Awards, the ROI continues to lay the foundations for future generations to enjoy and achieve artistic expression with this most adaptable and durable medium. Also, with all works for sale, it offers the chance to add new and original works to your collection.

Works are now available to browse and buy online on the Mall Galleries website. The show features a wonderful variety of paintings by the ROI and non-members.


Meet the members

Members of the ROI will be on hand throughout this year’s Annual Exhibition to meet and greet visitors:

Prizes & Awards

There are many prizes and awards 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.

Dates & times

29 November to 10 December 2017
10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Admission £4, £2.50 concessions, 50% off for National Art Pass holders, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries, ROI Friends and under 18s.


The Mall Galleries (by Admiralty Arch)
The Mall
London SW1 5BD.