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Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

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Event History

The Institute was formed in 1831 to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.

Copyright Policy

The copyright and all other intellectual property rights in and to Works, will remain the property of the artist and any enquiries in relation to such rights will be referred to the artist. So far as any rights in the Works are owned by a third party that third party will remain the owner of such rights in and to the Works

Image Usage Rights

The Exhibition Administrators have the right to copy and/or reproduce the Works and to communicate and/or issue such copies to the public in connection with the exhibition, for advertising the sale of the Works, for educational and public workshops, and for general marketing or promotional purposes, and other related activities, including without limitation the incorporation of images of the Works within promotional and marketing materials, postcards, catalogues, posters, DVDs, on Exhibition Administrators' websites, in workshop presentations and on information screens throughout the exhibiting gallery and any media now known or hereafter devised.

Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) at their 207th Exhibition 2019. The RI seeks the best in contemporary watercolour painting

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
  • Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in London.

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

 The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000

The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials

The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old

The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: A certificate of commendation for an outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester

NEW The Baohong Artists' Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence

The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour

NEW The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour

The Debra Manifold Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition

The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist

The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting

The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons

The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition

The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell

The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award: An award of £500 for what is considered the most outstanding use of light and colour in a watercolour

Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world

The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour

The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.

 

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