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The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI)

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882, promoting and exhibiting work of the highest standard in oil paint. The ROI provides a centre of excellence and encouragement to all who love this robust medium and is based at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.

The ROI Annual Open Exhibition is held annually in November/December when non-members are afforded the opportunity to exhibit alongside established ROI members.

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Helen Hale ROI

Helen Hale ROI

It is with deep regret and sadness that we learn of the passing of Helen Hale ROI (1936-2024). Helen Hale was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. From 1955 to 1970 Helen combined a career in designing and illustrating books and book jackets with part-time study at St....

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ROI Friends event – Nia Mackeown AROI in Penarth

ROI Friends event – Nia Mackeown AROI in Penarth

The ROI recently held a fun day out in Penarth and was hosted by Nia Mackeown AROI. The weather wasn't too bad either for a change! Nia was the winner of the hotly contested Small Painting Prize at our 2023 annual exhibition and we very much appreciate Nia giving her...

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Congratulations to our newly elected members!

Congratulations to our newly elected members!

Following recent elections at the ROI AGM we have the great pleasure to announce the following new full members of the ROI: Ruth Fitton ROI Sarah Manolescue ROI Greg Mason ROI Maria Rose ROI We are also delighted that we have four newly elected Associate members. Nia...

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ROI Annual Exhibition

Find out more about the ROI Annual Exhibition which takes place at the Mall Galleries in London. This year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition will be in November (dates to be confirmed) and will once again showcases the work of many of the UK’s most exciting young painters alongside the work of more established names.

ROI Friends

Our Friends are very important to the ROI and it is a great way to engage with the society with a selection of events organized annually and exclusively for Friends to spend time with ROI members, such as painting picnics and studio tours to name but a few.

ROI Educational Outreach

Find out more about the exciting and pioneering educational outreach work being done in partnership with schools by our ROI members.

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