Annual exhibition

Annual exhibition

The ROI seeks work in oils and is the only national art society devoted exclusively to oil painting.

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.

After last year’s successful introduction of ‘an exhibition within an exhibition’, the 2019 show will include a mini exhibition on the theme of ‘London’. This theme will be interpreted in a variety of ways by both members of the Institute and artists selected from the open call.

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.

Full details of the exhibition and a showcase of many of the works can be found on the Mall Galleries website.

Important Dates

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 work uncollected on the specified collection dates will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.

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.