About the ROI


The ROI seeks work in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting. Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at their Annual Exhibition 2019. The exhibition includes several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists (see ‘Prizes & Awards’ below).

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 Tuesday 28 May and Friday 30 August, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]
  • Check on Friday 6 September, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected
  • If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 12 October, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
  • Check on Tuesday 15 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 17 October, 10am to 5pm

Important Dates

Submissions open: Tuesday 28 May 2019, 12 noon

Submissions close: Friday 30 August, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 6 September, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 12 October, 10am to 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 15 October, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 17 October, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition open: Wednesday 27 November, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition closes: Sunday 8 December, 1pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 12 December, 10am to 5pm



  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Oils. Acrylic and water soluble oil paint is acceptable if it is framed as an oil, so as not to spoil the general appearance of the exhibition.
  • Glazing or wide mounts between painting and frame, as in watercolours, are not encouraged.
  • Submission fee: £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under), which includes Free Admission to the exhibition (normally £4).
  • Maximum of six works submitted by non members with a maximum of three works selected (combined measurement will not exceed 8 feet maximum).
  • Work must have been completed in the last three years and not previously been exhibited at the Mall Galleries.
  • With the exceptions of portraits which can be submitted on a NFS basis, all work must be for sale, including 45%+VAT commission. Minimum sale price: £300.
  • Unframed work can be accepted if on a well presented box canvas.

Delivery & Collection

  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
  • We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.
  • Paintings should be completely dry at the time of delivery.
  • Any work uncollected on the specified collection dates will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.


  • The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and is rotated annually.
  • Selectors’ decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

  • Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU or elsewhere 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 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 Art as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post Art – Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email:

Terms & Conditions

Theme for 2019

It has been decided that the theme of the 2019 annual exhibition will be “London”.

Prizes & Awards

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

NEW – Tony Merrick Memorial Prize – A £250 award in memory of Tony Merrick ROI (members and non-members).

NEW – Small Painting Prize – The award will be £250 (members and non-members). The work should have maximum dimension of 12 inches / 30.5 cm, excluding frame.

NEW – Emerging Artist Prize – for artists aged 30 or under (non-members). The prize is £250 and the opportunity to spend a day with one of the ROI members.

The Phyllis Roberts Award – An award of £2,000 to encourage and support young painters aged 30 or under.

Winsor & Newton Young Artist Awards (for artists aged 30 or under) – First Prize: £1,000 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials / Second Prize: £600 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials / Third Prize: £400 Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials.

The Alan Gourley Memorial Award – An annual prize of £1,000, awarded for a painting of outstanding merit.

The Stanley Grimm Prize – Two awards totalling £700, to the painters whose work receive the most votes from visitors to the exhibition.

Winsor & Newton Non-Member Award – £150 worth of Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials.

The Le Clerc Fowle Medal – In memory of Anne Le Clerc Fowle, annually presented for an outstanding group of paintings.

L. Cornelissen & Son – An award of a contemporary version of a Victorian Oil Painter’s equipment.

Frank Herring Easel Award – An award of a versatile easel.

The Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award – An award of £250 for an outstanding oil painter.

The Artist Magazine Award – The winning artist will be featured in a forthcoming issue of The Artist magazine, print and digital editions.

The Dry Red Press Award – The winning work will be published as a greeting card by Dry Red Press in their ‘Prize Winners’ range.

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