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The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI)

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882 and is the only major British art Society that promotes and exhibits work of the highest standard exclusively 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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ROI Friends event – Portsmouth

ROI Friends event – Portsmouth

The ROI recently hosted a painting event for Friends of the ROI at Portsmouth Harbour. Roger Dellar ROI, PS, RI led a day's painting for Friends of the ROI at Portsmouth Harbour on Saturday 7 May.  ROI members Luis Morris ROI and John Walsom ROI RSMA were also in...

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Brian Bennett FROI – an exhibition celebrating 95 years!

Brian Bennett FROI – an exhibition celebrating 95 years!

Brian Bennett FROI (a former President of the ROI) is celebrating his 95th year with an exhibition of small paintings in Berkhamsted Civic Centre this May.   The exhibition will run from May 22nd - May 25th 10.00am - 4.30pm. The Private View is on Sunday May 22nd to...

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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 opens on November 24th and 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 Spotlight

In our Spotlight section you can discover articles which explore in greater depth the activities of ROI members and the society as a whole, including studio video tours, featured projects and insights into member’s artisitic practices.

ROI Spotlight

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