Annual exhibition 2020

Annual exhibition 2020

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters presents this year’s annual exhibition exclusively online.

The shows goes on, online, making it easy to browse the exhibition from the comfort and safety of home and buy works at the click of a button. Even better is that sold works will be dispatched directly from the artists’ studios as soon as possible upon purchase, free of charge (within mainland UK).

The exhibition showcases the work of many exciting young painters alongside the work of more established names. As ever, there are several prizes and awards on offer, worth over £5,000. 

Unique to this year, the show includes several special works on the theme of ‘Reflections’, interpreted in a variety of ways by both members of the Institute and artists selected from open submission.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition, the Institute’s 128th, which reflects the continued evolution of oil painting in this country and the medium’s fundamental part in the wider art world.

Prizewinners will be announced online on Wednesday 25 November, 5pm.

The full exhibition can now be viewed on the Mall Galleries website.

Prizes & Awards

There are many prizes and awards available to win this year, 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

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

L. Cornelissen & Son Prize – 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