Royal Institute of Painters Art Competition 2021 

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition and competitions alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at their 209th Exhibition 2021. Several prizes and awards are on offer and open to all participating artists. It presents the opportunity to exhibit at a prestigious gallery in the heart of London alongside well-established artists and have your work seen by thousands of visitors, including buyers and collectors. To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only this year. Artists over 18 may submit artwork. Selectors will make an assessment of each work based on the digital images supplied, following which selected artists will be asked to deliver their accepted work to Mall Galleries for exhibition.

Medium Watercolour or water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.

Deadlines and important dates
Submissions open: Monday 16 November 2020, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 5 February 2021, 12 noon
Selection notification: Friday 19 February, 12 noon
Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 13 March and Sunday 14 March, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition open: Thursday 1 April, 11am to 5pm (closed all day on Easter Sunday, 4 April)
Exhibition closes: Thursday 15 April, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 22 April and Friday 23 April, 10am to 5pm

International Entrants
Artists from outside the UK may need to register for VAT, please check with HM Revenue and Customs:
Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post Art as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post Art – Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email:

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 President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple
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
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
The Chaoshan Watercolour Award: £250 awarded by Chinese artist, Professor Li Xiaocheng, for the best classically inspired watercolour
The Debra Manifold RI 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
The Megan Fitzoliver Brush Award: A trophy, named The Pipe Fish, awarded for a work that most inspires a connection with the natural world
The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour
The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.

How to enter
Please check with the competition organisation to see what the current regulations are regarding the Covid10 Pandemic.
All work must be submitted online. Selection from online entries will take place, after which selected artworks should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for exhibition. For more information please visit:

Top Tips
For some top tips on how to enter your art work in to a competition take a look here…

Here are some art materials to inspire you to join this competition. Click on the images below for more details about the art materials.


GenCrafts Watercolor Palette with Bonus Paper Pad Includes 48 Premium Colors – 2 Refillable Water Blending Brush Pens – No Mess Storage Case – 15 Sheets of Water Color Paper – Portable Painting

White Nights Watercolour Night Artists Watercolour Set 36 Whole Pans, Plastic Box, 1/2700

M. Graham 1/2-Ounce Tube 5 Color Gouache Paint Primary Set

Arteza Acrylic Pouring Paint, 2oz Bottles, Set of 32 Assorted Colors, High Flow Acrylic Paint, No Mixing Needed, Paint for Pouring on Canvas, Glass, Paper, Wood, Tile, and Stones

ZZKOKO Calligraphy Set India Ink, 12 Colors Shimmer Dip Pen Ink Set, Art Writing Drawing Ink Bottles, 6.0 oz, Set of 12, Gift Box (Animal Series)

Canson (100510941) XL Series Watercolor Pad, 9″ x 12″, Fold-Over Cover, 30 Sheets

Arches Watercolor Paper Pad, 140 pound, Hot Press, 10″x14″ (1795098)

MEEDEN 6 Pcs Assorted Waterbrush Water Coloring Brush Pen for Watercolor Painting, Water Soluble Pencils, Brush Pens, Markers, Solid Colors or Powdered Pigment

Chiloskit Ceramic 7 Well Daisy Shaped Watercolour Paint Mixing Palette Artist Paint Porcelain Palette for Water, Oil or Acrylic Colour (3″)


See the full overview of art competitions for 2021 here.