ROI Annual Exhibition

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ROI Annual Exhibition

This year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition once again showcases the work of many of the UK’s most exciting young painters alongside the work of more established names. It is an opportunity to gauge the continued evolution of oil painting in this country and to see how it is a fundamental and vital part of the wider art world.

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.

This year’s mini-theme is ‘Rebirth’, which can be interpreted widely. Selected works on the theme will be hung together as a special display within the show.

Important Dates

Exhibition opens: Wednesday 24 November, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition closes:  Sunday 5 December, 1pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 9 December, 10am to 5pm


Guided tour with Peter Graham ROI (Thursday 25 November, 1pm or 2pm)
Further details and tickets are available on the Mall Galleries website.

ROI Paint Live Challenge (Saturday 27 November, 10am-5pm)
Take part in the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ annual Paint Live competition, a friendly and engaging event where you will have the day to create a painting within a half-mile of Mall Galleries. For further details and tickets please visit the Mall Galleries website.

ROI Art Evening (Tuesday 30 November, 6-8:30pm)
Paint alongside members of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, with portrait models, wine, and mince pies. For further details and tickets please visit the Mall Galleries website.

Painting Demonstration by Roger Dellar ROI (Wednesday 1st December, 10:30-1:00pm)
Roger Dellar ROI will be demonstrating painting in oils, on the theme of ‘Theatreland’. For further details and tickets please visit the Mall Galleries website.

Prizes & Awards

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

The Phyllis Roberts Award – An award of £2,000 for an artist 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 Tony Merrick Memorial Prize – An award of £250 in memory of the late Tony Merrick ROI (1948-2018)

The ROI Emerging Artist Prize – A prize of £250 and the opportunity to spend a day with one of the Institute’s members, for an artist aged 30 or under at the time of submission

The Small Painting Prize – An award of £250, open to members and non-members, for the best small painting on display (maximum dimension of 12 inches / 30.5 cm, excluding frame)

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 (first prize £400, second prize £300), to the painters whose works 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, presented annually for an outstanding group of paintings

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

Frank Herring Easel Award – An award of a versatile easel

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


Tim Benson PROI provides a summary of our previous annual show in 2020



Peter Graham ROI gives a fabulous virtual tour of our 2020 online exhibition

Previous Annual Exhibitions

Our annual show is a proud and long held tradition for the ROI, going right back to its beginnnings in 1882. Below you can see some of the more recently archived exhibitions from the Mall Galleries in London.