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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 the Oils. 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 in December when non-members are afforded the opportunity to exhibit alongside established ROI members.

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Recent ROI Friends events

Recent ROI Friends events

The ROI were delighted to host two recent paint out/picnic days with our ROI Friends in July 2021.  Green Park (London) - July 21st So many hardy plein air painters turned up and produced some wonderful paintings. Great to meet up with fellow artists again after so...

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New exhibition & video tour – Greg Mason AROI

New exhibition & video tour – Greg Mason AROI

Greg Mason AROI has a wonderful new exhibition for 2021 which focuses on landscape paintings in Mallorca. Being locked down in Mallorca in 2021 was a gift for landscape artist Greg Mason - giving rise to a collection of works exploring the theme 'Elements', focusing...

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New exhibition – Peter Wileman FROI and Lucy Mckie ROI

New exhibition – Peter Wileman FROI and Lucy Mckie ROI

​'Counterpoint' is a two person exhibition of contrast and beauty by Peter Wileman FROI RSMA FRSA and Lucy McKie ROI. Friends and both distinguished members of the Royal Insitute of Oil Painters, their work has very little else in common, yet they are strangely...

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ROI Annual Exhibition

Find out more about the ROI Annual Exhibition which takes place at the Mall Galleries in London, usually late November through to early December. There are many prizes on offer and it is a fabulous opportunity for non-members to exhibit their work alongside ROI members.

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.

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