RBA Annual Exhibition 2023 Call for Entries – “Two hundred for Two Hundred”

“Two Hundred for Two Hundred”

The RBA’s 200th Anniversary Exhibition

Call for Entries – The deadline for entries has been extended, to 12 noon on Friday 6 January 2023

Call for Entries – The RBA’s 200th Anniversary Exhibition

2023 Marks the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Society of British Artists. To celebrate this momentous milestone, we will be including 200 artworks by invited non-member artists in our annual exhibition.

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of British Artists at their Annual Exhibition 2023.

The Royal Society of British Artists invites painters, sculptors and printmakers to submit their work for consideration to be shown in the Society’s Annual Exhibition 2023. As well as skill and draughtsmanship, they will be looking for originality and creativity.

Click Here To Apply

Call for Entries for the 2022 RBA Annual Exhibition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qlr5Sr8YToArtists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of British Artists at their Annual Exhibition 2022. The Royal Society of British Artists invites painters, sculptors and printmakers to submit their work for consideration to be shown in the Society’s Annual Exhibition 2022. As well as skill and draughtsmanship, they will be looking for originality and creativity.

Click Here To Apply

Sue Campion RBA Exhibiting at the Russell Gallery

Sue Campion RBA will be exhibiting a number of paintings at the Russell Gallery, 12 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1JP, from the 5th November to 21st November. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm.

Preview Day Thursday 5 November 2020 10am – 5.30pm. Exhibition continues until 21 November 2020

For more information visit the Russell Gallery’s website.

The Russell Gallery
Tel: 020 8780 5228
Email: russgallery@aol.com

RBA Tribute to Rebecca Cains RBA RWA

Rebecca Cains RBA RWS

It is with great sadness that we learned of the recent passing of RBA member and friend, Rebecca Cains.

The President, Council and members of the RBA send our sincere condolences to Rebecca’s family and loved ones

Some Messages & Thoughts from those who knew her:

Rebecca was a lovely, lively lady who will be a loss to the Society and to the art world. It was great working with her and she always made sensible and interesting observations and contributions to the running of the RBA Council. We are all shocked and devastated. My heartfelt sympathy for all her family and friends
Mick Davies President RBA

Rebecca had a wonderful eye for detail and observation in her paintings. The main subject matter was unusual, but I think she was able to sense the life and experiences the wrecked vehicles had had. In spite of all her own personal difficulties, she did have a wonderful sense of humour and a zest for living. It is so tragic to think we have lost someone who was only in the early stages of what might have been a very fulfilling and satisfactory artistic career.
Denis Baxter RBA

I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Rebecca. It was indeed very shocking; she was such a positive person, always very friendly and easy to chat to. Please pass on my condolences to her family. I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her
Annie Boisseau RBA

Eileen and I are very, very sorry to hear of the sad loss of Rebecca. She was a wonderful, talented, imaginative artist who will be greatly missed by so many people. My sincere condolences to her family
David Sprakes RBA

This is very sad news indeed – I had no idea she’d been ill. I remember supporting her application for membership and I was delighted when she was elected – a breath of fresh air! I’m very sad to hear it – what a rubbish year this is turning out to be!
Chris Aggs RBA

So sorry to hear the sad news about Rebecca. Such a young life lost. At least Rebecca has left a legacy with her paintings. All these sorrows at such a difficult time. Barbara and I send our heartfelt sympathy.
John Sprakes RBA

I’m so sorry to hear about Rebecca Cains. I never met her or had any contact with her, but I know her work. It is such very sad news
Liam Culver Fellow RBA

Terrible news – so sorry to hear
Carole Griffin RBA

So sorry. A terribly sad loss!
Martyn Baldwin RBA

What such sad news; we’re very sorry to hear it. Thinking of you and all at the RBA
Alistair Redgrift [Mall Galleries]

This is such a tragic loss, her work had that stamp of being readily recognizable, such skill to master composition on a big scale and a huge personality. She was one of those people who lit up the space she occupied and will leave a hole in the artistic life of her native city. I was immensely privileged to meet and eventually to know her
David Paul Rowan RBA

So sad to hear of this news. Please accept my condolences
Francis Drasar, Hon Treasurer RBA

It is so hard to believe that we have lost such an active member of our RBA family.
Guy Portelli RBA

Although we knew she was ill, it still came as a shock and both John and I send love to her family for their huge loss. The RBA has lost an excellent artist and a willing Member and Council Member.

We are both so sorry to hear about Rebecca. It is so shocking to hear this news, she was far too young and as you say full of life. I didn’t know her that well, but we had some good chats together.
Cheryl Culver RBA

Sad news indeed. I’m gutted to hear this after thinking that she had got over the worse. Not a lot more l can add really just to say l will be thinking of her and her family during what must be an awful time.
Austin Cole RBA

This is such terrible news. She was such fun to be with. I can’t believe someone so young and vibrant has been taken from us. So very sad. I’ll miss her lots.
David Brammeld RBA

That’s so terrible, she was so lovely and a great painter, I’m absolutely devastated to hear that news.
Melissa Scott-Miller RBA

I am so sorry and upset to read such sad news. I knew she was battling the bloody cancer – we’d chatted about it whenever we bumped into each other at the RBA ‘do’s and she did tell me how it had come back and her struggles with the treatment. She was very brave about all that she was coping with and I have wondered often how she had been doing during this wretched time of Covid and the Lockdown. Although I didn’t know her terribly well she was full of life and sparkle and I’m stunned at this news. I think both she and her strong meticulous paintings were a real asset to the RBA.
Bridget Moore RBA

It was an enjoyment to be around Rebecca, her enthusiasm for the arts will be sorely missed.
Lewis Hazelwood-Horner RBA

I am so sorry for her family – such a tragic loss as a person and as an artist.
Nick Tidnam PPRBA

I feel awful at the news that Rebecca’s life has been cut so short. She was a lovely girl and she will be terribly missed. I have got to know her since the Ally Pally project and we shared some nice moments together chatting at the Christmas Party, at PV’s etc. Of course I knew she had health problems but didn’t realise quite how bad these were – she hid these facts well. Apart from these times I’ve not really had any other contact with her and so don’t really know what to say or do as we really weren’t that close, although when with her she was always so warm and friendly.
Anthony Yates RBA

It has made me feel so very sad. Life is so unfair for some. I remember her work well. I am sure her family are devastated by her loss
Judith Gardner RBA

My deepest condolences to all Rebecca’s family at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by members of the RBA – as will her wonderful personality – and the many contributions and work she did as a council member of the society.
Meg Dutton, Vice President RBA

I am so very sorry to hear that she has died, how very sad. Please pass on my condolences to her family.
Sarah Spackman RBA

Just as her work enhanced any RBA exhibitions, her presence at any RBA function made it a more joyful occasion for everybody around her. We will all miss her very much.
Terry Watts RBA

Vibrant and full of life, she will be sadly missed.  She was like a ray of sunshine who always radiated happiness and positivity.  She will leave an echo of her smile in our memories.
Jon Pryke RBA

I cannot attend Rebecca’s funeral but I would like to add my thoughts and condolence to her family and friends.
The vitality in her work will live on and her unique paintings will be revered for decades to come. A great loss to the RBA. She will be missed
Clive Duncan RBA

Unfortunately I am unable to attend the funeral, but please be reassured that my thoughts will be concentrating on what should be a celebration of Rebecca’s life. I do so hope a prominent gallery in Bristol take into care some of her inspirational paintings. It is so sad to lose someone so young and very sad for the RBA to lose a popular young artist.
Miranda Halsby RBA

All of us at M1 Fine Art were devastated to hear of Rebecca’s passing. We considered her a true friend of the gallery and a uniquely talented artist.

We all remember her with a huge, beautiful smile on her face, often having fantastic, fun photos being taken of herself in front of her stunning artwork. We’ll miss her (very welcome) impromptu visits to the gallery terribly and of course RBA exhibition events with us will undoubtedly be a lot less lively without her there.

Whenever I see an abandoned car, I’ll think of Rebecca and I’m sure I’ll find myself with a smile on my face, just as I always did whenever I had the privilege of spending time with her.

A real loss to the art world and anyone who ever met Rebecca I’m sure. Our thoughts are with her family and close friends.
Peter McAllister & colleagues at the M1 Gallery

We are all feeling so very sad! I know I am speaking for everybody who knew Rebecca at the RBA when I say we will miss her a lot. She was a friendly vibrant character who always had a smile and a warm greeting and she always really enjoyed and supported the social activities of the Society. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who loved her and we are very grateful to have known her and her distinctive and skilful work.
Brenda Davies, Hon Secretary RBA

This comes with love from us all at the RBA

The Rome Scholarship 2020


Due to an overwhelming last minute response
Call for Entries Deadline has been extended until March 6 2020.


This competition is open to artists who live, work or study in the UK and who are aged 35 years or under

The Scholarship is for the month of September 2020

To enter: https://old.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk/rome-scholarship-2020/ 

This Award Offers:

  • Four weeks at Sala Uno, a highly prestigious gallery and international arts centre in the heart of Rome
  • Accommodation in a self-contained apartment, situated within a wonderful and extensive walled garden in the grounds of the gallery
  • Studio space which will be available within the gallery
  • Two meals per day, provided at a nearby restaurant
  • Return flights to Rome
  • £1000 prize money

Further Prizes:

  • Forty semi-finalists will have a work in the RBA’s RISING STARS exhibition, which takes place 28th April – 14th June 2020 at the Royal Over-Seas League in Mayfair, London
  • Three finalists will have a work in the RBA’s Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2021
  • The two runners-up will also receive a prize of £250 each

On top of San Pietro


RBA Christmas Party 2019 Photos

Below are a selection of photos from the RBA Christmas Party 2019

Recognise him? Here’s a clue…

Delicious food to suit all tastes

Delicious food to suit all tastes

Delicious food to suit all tastes

Callum Stannard Receives his RBA Certificate

Sarah Spackman Receives her RBA Certificate

Meg & Susie receive Thank You Gifts for all their hard work an time spent in preparation for the occasion

Meg & Susie receive Thank You Gifts for all their hard work an time spent in preparation for the occasion

Meg & Susie receive Thank You Gifts for all their hard work an time spent in preparation for the occasion

And Brenda received a Thank You too.

Table group 1

Table group 2

Table group 3

Table group 4

Table view large 1

Table view large 2

Caption Competition: What is being discussed in this photo? 

Send your caption to honsec.rba@gmail.com  Captions will be judged by Baxter Culver and the winner will receive a signed photo of him as well as having their caption appear on the RBA website!


Awards & Prizes 2020


The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize
A prize of £250 for draughtsmanship, variety and exploration

Frinton Frames Award
£200 of picture framing at Frinton Frames bespoke handfinished picture frame makers

Hahnemeuhle Fine Art UK Award
A prize of Artist paper to the value of £250

The Nathan David Award for Sculpture

The Artist Magazine Award
The winner will be interviewed in The Artist magazine, print and digital version

The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award for £250

The Davison Award for Oil Painting

The de Laszlo Foundation Prize
£1,500 will be awarded to the artist under 35 for the best painting from life

The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award

The Patron’s Prize of £500

The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award

The Peter Kelly Commemorative Award for £300

The Marianne von Werther Memorial Award
Scholarship in Rome for a young artist

The Stuart Southall Print Prize

The Michael Harding Award (1) £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials and 10 painting starter set

The Michael Harding Award (ii) £500 worth of Michael Harding art materials and 10 painting starter sets

The Whistler Medal
A member of the Society, who has been chosen by his or her peers, receives the medal, £500 and a double page spread in next year’s catalogue

The Winsor & Newton Painting Award
Art materials to the value of £500

The Dry Red Press Award

The LARA Prize for a Young Artist

LARA would like to offer this Prize to a young artist whose work balances an impressive level of technical understanding with a subject and treatment that is authentic and relevant to the twenty-first century. The recipient will receive a place on a LARA Short Course of their choosing (excluding Masterclasses) at our London studio, to be taken up within one year. Please visit https://www.drawpaintsculpt.com/product-category/courses/short/ to see our full range of scheduled courses including our Summer School. The London Atelier of Representation Art (LARA) was set up in 2008 in response to the lack of rigorous skills-based training available in the UK. Our alumni work in fields as varied as portraiture, theatrical scenic art, digital and concept art, teaching and fine art. Drawing from the past | Skills for the future Click here to read last year’s winner’s diary from her week at LARA. (link to https://www.drawpaintsculpt.com/the-lara-prize-for-a-young-artist-in-association-with-the-royal-society-of-british-artists/)

RBA End of Year – Good News

This is the last “Good News” for 2019, but we hope there will be lots more to share in 2020.

David Sprakes is exhibiting three bronze sculptures at:

The Adrian Hill Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
From the 15th November to the 23rd December


 John Sprakes’ book “Journey into Abstraction” is now being sold in
many prestigious libraries around the UK, including The Bodleian Library at
Oxford University, the Cambridge University Library and the
National Libraries of Scotland and Wales.  It has received many favourable
reviews including from the Times Literary Supplement and the book is now
selling abroad, too.  His exhibition of figurative and abstract paintings is continuing at:
The Pocklington Arts Centre, Market Place, Pocklington, York YO42 2AR, until the 4th January.

Cheryl Culver, Annie Williams and Hon RBA Ken Howard have work in:

The Thompson’s Christmas Show in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
7 December 2019 – 5 January 2020


Cheryl Culver                                Annie Williams

Ken Howard OBE

The following artists have work in The Gallery Holt Christmas Show.
The exhibition runs until 24th December
The Gallery, Lees Yard, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6HS

David Brammeld

Austin Cole

Carole Griffin

Jeremy Galton

Nicola Slattery

Steven Outram

Cheryl Culver

Susan Bower

David Sprakes

Chris Myers

Rob Wells

The following artists have work in:
The Russell Gallery Christmas Show – 28th November -15th January


Jacqueline Taber                           David Eustace


Robert E Wells                              Sue Campion


Peter Brown                                Wayne Attwood
And a reminder that Richard Cook’s work, which is touring with the
Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, is showing in the
Guildford House Gallery until the 2nd of January

Richard Cook – ‘Traditional Costume Forbidden City’

John Martin has his work ‘The Cliffs at Cuckmere’ in the Christmas Show at
The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6HE

Some Good News too from our “RBA RISING STARS”:

Teresa Hunyadi, sculptor and winner of the Rome Scholarship 2018,
had an exhibition in the summer that was designed especially for blind
people and those with visual impairments.  There is a fascinating short
video of it online https://vimeo.com/364402174
Teresa has been working part-time at Edinburgh College of Art and,
based on the exhibition and recent jobs, she is also going on a research
and training journey to North America and Australia until next summer
and says she will stay in touch with us at the RBA.

Meg Buick, painter and printmaker was the winner of the Rome Scholarship 2015.
She has since been elected as a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers
and has recently shown her work in the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Habib Hajallie, was one of our original “RISING STARS” and recently had his work in
the Guttenberg Arts Gallery, New Jersey, USA.  He was shortlisted for
The Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary at the Mall Galleries in November, where he was awarded a Runner Up prize of £150


 “The place of the inferiority complex”           Newham General”       

Rosalie Watkins was also one of our original “RISING STARS” artists at the
Lloyds Register Gallery and also had her work in the Discerning Eye Exhibition:

Torso Study

Owain Hunt, who received the Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award at the RBA 2019 exhibition,
had a painting in the Wales Contemporary Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in November.
He says it was painted when he was confined to his studio with a lot of impending deadlines.
Called: “Ten day study”

Owain has been selected to become a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters and also
had two paintings selected for the ROI exhibition at the Mall Galleries:


Alice Boggis-Rolfe is another “RISING STAR” with a work in the ROI show at the Mall:

And Alice also has  works in the Wykeham Gallery Christmas Show in Stockbridge, Hampshire

‘Stockbridge Down’

Alexander Glass had a sculpture in the 2019 “RBA RISING STARS” show at
The Royal Over-Seas League and he now has a new studio in:

Peabody Yard, Greenman Street, Islington, London N1 8SB

He has recently shown two new works, one at the East Bristol Contemporary in
Bristol as part of ‘Sitting Show’ and another at Paradise Works in Manchester as part of ‘Millieniallism’

“I Could Never Blame Anyone But Myself”

In the Christmas Sale at Alex’s new studio, he is sharing a portion of all sales
of his work with the charity Shelter, who help those struggling with homelessness.
He has also recently donated a sculpture to the Terrence Higgins Trust for their
annual auction held at Christies.
Both lovely warm gestures from a thoughtful and caring young artist!

AND … Looking to the future ….

Denis Baxter will be having a solo retrospective exhibition at the
Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.  This should be taking place March – April 2021


John Sprakes is due to have another major show at
The Beverley Art Gallery in Yorkshire from March until May 2020

RBA Exhibition Dates for 2020

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition 2020

Submission opens: Monday 30 September 2019, 12 noon
Submission closes: Friday 29 November, 12 noon
Pre-selection: Monday 2 December, 10am to 5pm
Pre-selection notification: Friday 6 December, 12 noon
Receiving Day: Saturday 11 January 2020, 10am to 5pm
Selection Day: Monday 13 January, 10am start
Acceptance notification: Tuesday 14 January, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 16 January, 10am to 5pm
Hanging: Monday 17 February, 10am to 5pm
Private View: Wednesday 19 February, 11am to 8pm (speeches at 6pm)
Exhibition open: Thursday 20 February, 10am to 5pm
RBA Buffet: Saturday 22 February, 6:30pm start
Exhibition closes: Saturday 29 February, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 5 March, 10am to 5pm

For full details on How To Exhibit 

RBA November/December News

George Large who spent many years living in Malta before relocating back to the UK, has 2 works in the Malta Maritime Museum in Birgu.  One of the works is:

“Fishermen at Marsaxlokk honour the hard-working fishermen and their beautiful characteristic Maltese boats”

George also has work in the Malta Heritage Centre in Malta

Cheryl Culver has been invited to show four works at Thompson’s Gallery Aldeburgh, Suffolk for their Christmas Show – two oils and two pastels.
The show is on from the 7th December to 5th January.

Cheryl has also been invited to show six works at the The Gallery, Holt, Norfolk, for their Christmas Show entitled ‘Elements’.
The exhibition opens Friday 15th November closes 24th December.

Susie Perring & Meg Dutton as Half Moon Printmakers showed work at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea from the 17th – 20th October

Richard Cook had a work accepted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition this year which showed from the 17th to 22nd at the Mall Galleries before touring to Trowbridge 5th Oct to 9th November.
The exhibition can then be seen at:

The Guildford House Gallery
High Street, Guildford
Monday – Saturday 10am-4.45pm from 16th of November to 2nd of January

Richard also had a work accepted for the RSMA which showed at the Mall Galleries in October.

‘Folkestone Harbour’

‘Traditional Costume – Forbidden City’

Jon Pryke has been invited by Dry Red Press to have his work ‘Atlantic Surfers’ published as an RBA card:

‘Atlantic Surfers’

Robert E Wells had an interesting article printed in the September edition of the Sussex Life Magazine:

The full article can be seen here: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=abf78446-296b-4ac7-8fdb-b0c078198234
And Robert also had work in Towner Art Gallery’s 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Peter Newsome’s glass sculpture “Interplay” was donated, by a patron, to The Royal Marsden Cancer hospital in Sutton.  The work can be seen close to the main entrance corridor:


Sue Campion is showing a new body of work at her solo show in the TWENTY TWENTY Gallery in Ludlow:
4 Quality Square, Ludlow
Shropshire SY8 1AR

The gallery is open Tues-Sat, 10:30 – 4:30, from the 2nd until the 30th November

Jill Leman, who is also President of the RWS, is showing work in the
Royal Watercolour Society’s Autumn Exhibition The Art of Travel at:
The Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH
Open daily 11am – 6pm until 9th November

Shanti Panchal, HonRBA has been showing his work in the Hayletts Gallery.  The exhibition is: “In colour and shades” PAINTINGS BY SHANTI PANCHAL and includes a number of new watercolours he has been working on over the last two or three years.

Shanti’s work can be seen at the Hayletts Gallery
Oakwood House
2 High Street
Essex  CM9 5PJ
The gallery is open 10-5 Tues – Sat and the show ends on the 16th November

And once again some good news from Alex Wood  one of the RBA’s RISING STARS last year.  He writes:

“I’m over the moon as I recently heard that I have been awarded an Arts Council England“Developing Your Creative Practice” Full Award to create new bronze sculptures and other works. I’m soon exhibiting some of these new creations at Kunstmesse in Leipzig, Germany from 1-3 November.”