The ROI, The Mall Galleries, London, SW1

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The Royal Institute of Oil Painters

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882 and is the only major British art Society that promotes and exhibits work of the highest standard exclusively in the Oils. The ROI provides a centre of excellence and encouragement to all who love this robust medium and is based at the Mall Galleries, London SW1.

THE ROI Annual Open Exhibition is held in December when non-members are afforded the opportunity to exhibit alongside established ROI members.

Online Submission for 2015 ROI Show Opening Soon
Posted Apr 26th 2015

From May 25th until 28th August, online submission will be open to all non-members artists. If you are interested in submitting work for consideration, please read more details below, and visit for more information. Here are some key bits of information for you and we look forwards to seeing your paintings!

All work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which successful artists will be invited to deliver their work to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

– Upload images of work at between Monday 25 May and Friday 28 August 2015, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 1MB]

– Check on Friday 4 September, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

– If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 3 October, 10am – 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

– Check on Tuesday 6 October, from 2pm, 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 8 October, 10am – 5pm

Important Dates

Online submission opens: Monday 25 May 2015, 12 noon

Online submission closes: Friday 28 August, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 4 September, 12 noon

Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 3 October, 10am – 5pm

Final notification: Tuesday 6 October, 2pm

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 8 October, 10am – 5pm

Exhibition open: Wednesday 2 December to Sunday 13 December, 10am – 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 17 December, 10am – 5pm

Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition 2014
Posted Dec 15th 2014
Prizes and Awards

The Alan Gourley Memorial Award
Roy Freer ROI

The DAS Award
Dennis Syrett ROI

The Dartington Crystal Chalice
Lucy McKie ROI

The Dry Red Press Award
Lucy McKie ROI

The Le Clerc Fowle Medal
Chris Rigby

L. Cornelissen & Son Prize
Rosalie Watkins

Frank Herring Easel Award
Graham Webber

The Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award
Gerry Halpin

The Phyllis Roberts Award
Sven Van Dorst, Tom Stevenson, Elizabeth Thayer

The Artist Magazine Award
Lachlan Goudie, Tom Wanless

The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award
Sarah Richardson

Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award (First Prize)
Elizabeth Thayer, 'Greenwich Meridian Trail'

Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award (Second Prize)
Tom Hughes, 'Gerbera with Origami Birds'

Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award (First Prize)
Rosalie Watkins, 'Study of Howard'

ROI Annual Exhibition Online
Posted Dec 5th 2014

Much of the work included in the ROI Annual Exhibition can now be viewed and purchased online via the Mall Galleries website.

A full list of work with images and prices can be seen via the link below.

'Summer Heat, Edinburgh' by Adebanji Alade. 'The Gift' by Peter Wileman. 'Off the Beaten Tracks' by Tom Wanless
Annual Exhibition
Posted Nov 24th 2014
Wed 10 - Sun 21 December 2014, 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

The ROI Annual Exhibition is a showcase for many of the finest practitioners of the Art of Oil Painting today. It also gives a taste of things to come in the form of work shown by up and coming artists including celebrating and recognising fresh talent emerging through the Winsor & Newton Young Artists award. The Royal Institute of Oil Painters is the only society dedicated to this robust and versatile medium.

Admission £3, £2.50 concessions (Free to Mall Galleries Friends, ROI Friends, National Art Pass holders and under 18s)

For a list of events during the exhibition, click here

Annual Exhibition

Review - 2013 Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Posted Nov 21st 2014

I walked into the 2013 Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters to find some very colourful "come and look at me" paintings on the far walls of the West Gallery.

It was quite clear that this was going to be a very different experience to the last exhibition I reviewed. (see Review: NEAC Annual Exhibition 2013). I can probably do no better than show you what some of the walls look like.

You can read the full article here.

North Gallery

David Curtis ROI RSMA Exhibition
Posted Nov 11th 2014
Ends Nov 15th

David Curtis ROI RSMA currently has a fabulous one man show at The Richard Hagen Gallery in Broadway. The show is on until the 15th November and all the works in the exhibition can be viewed online at

David will also be demonstrating at Art in Action in 2015 (July 16th – 19th July) and will be at the Patchings Festival in June where he will be one of the judges for the Artist and Leisure Painter open competition.

David will be one of the member artists demonstrating at the popular ROI Events evening this year which takes place at the Mall Galleries during the ROI annual show (December 16th, 6pm-9pm.) More details about this exciting evening coming soon!

To learn more about David’s superb art, please visit his site at

“Moorings at Hayton, Chesterfield Canal” by David Curtis ROI RSMA