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The artist OPEN COmPETiTiONS & ExhibiTiONS 2018

A special guide to keep


These listings are in chronological order according to the month in which the event will run. Submissions and handing-in dates are highlighted in red


St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2018

Venue: St. barbe museum and Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington, hampshire SO41 9bh.

01590 676969

Details: Following a complete refurbishment in 2017, the St. barbe Open Exhibition returns in 2018, promising to be bigger and better, with new prizes and an extra category to enter, as well as a Young Person’s Open. Now in its 18th year, the exhibition has no theme; anyone can enter up to two works of art, including sculpture. Prizes include £300 for the best contemporary work, and a new People’s Choice award of £300 for the artwork that gets the most votes from visitors to the exhibition. Entry will be online for the first time.

Exhibition dates: February 23 to April 8.

Submissions deadline: January 28.

Handing-in day: February 15 and 16.

Contact: St. barbe museum and Art

Gallery, as above;


Bath Society of Artists

Venue: Victoria Art Gallery, bridge Street, bath.

01225 477233

Details: 113th annual open exhibition of works in all media, except photographs; two works may be submitted.

Exhibition dates: march 24 to may 19.

Handing-in day: march 17, 10.30am to 4pm at the Victoria Art Gallery.

Contact: Download entry forms from or; collect from the gallery or send an A5 sae to Vivienne bolton, bSA Secretary, ‘Lamorna’, 5 bath Road, Norton St Philip, near bath, Somerset bA2 7LW, or email

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ (RBSA) Open All Media Exhibition

Venue: Royal birmingham Society of Artists’ Gallery, 4 brook Street, St Paul’s, birmingham b3 1SA.

0121 236 4353 Details: Artists working in all media may enter up to three 2D or six 3D works. Entry fees are £13 per 2D work or £13 per two 3D works; digital submission in first instance. Please consult the application pack for full details.

Exhibition dates: march 1 to 31.

Submissions deadline: January 31.

Handing-in day: February 25.

Contact: Download application packs from or send sae to RbSA Gallery, 4 brook Street, St. Paul’s, birmingham b3 1SA.

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)

Venue: mall Galleries, The mall, London SW1.

020 7930 6844

Details: The Royal Society of british Artists (RbA) seeks submissions of work displaying the highest standards of skill, expression and concept of draughtsmanship for its annual open exhibition. Artists over the age of 18 may enter up to six works in any medium, of which three can be original framed prints. Up to four works will be accepted. maximum size 941⁄2in (240cm) in any dimension.

Entry: £15 per work; under-35s, £10 per work, tbc. Online submission for preselection at Prizes include the Alfred Daniels Personal Favourite Award of six prizes of £100 each; The

Artist Award of a feature in the magazine; and many other cash and arts materials prizes, tbc. All work must be for sale, minimum price £300 per work, tbc., unframed prints, £120, tbc. Confirmation of dates, terms and conditions at:

Exhibition dates: march 21 to 31.

Entry deadline: December 8, 2017, 12 noon.

Handing-in day: February 10, 10am to 12 noon.

Contact: mall Galleries, as above.

Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2018

Venue: bankside Gallery, 48 hopton Street, London SE1 9Jh.

020 7928 7521

Details: Established by the Royal Watercolour Society, this annual competition aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a prestigious platform for both established and emerging artists. £14 submission fee per entry, with discounts on multiple entries. Prizes include artist materials, cash, exhibiting awards and much more. Download application pack at

Exhibition dates: march 2 to 14.

Submissions deadline: January 15, 12 noon.

Handing-in day: February 25 and 26, 11am to 5pm.

Contact: Royal Watercolour Society:

020 7928 7521


Royal Institute of Painters in

Water Colours (RI)

Venue: mall Galleries, The mall, London SW1.

020 7930 6844

Details: Annual open exhibition of the Royal institute of Painters in Water Colours (Ri), of the best in modern and traditional contemporary watercolour painting. Acceptable media are watercolour or water-soluble media, including acrylic, ink or gouache painted on paper or a paper-based support, but not water-soluble oils. Artists over the age of 18 may submit up to six works, up to four may be selected. Entry: £15 per work; under-35s, £10 per work. Paintings must be framed in a light-coloured mount under glass and no larger than 941⁄2in (240cm) in the largest dimension. Online submission for preselection at Numerous prizes and awards, including the Leathersellers’ Prize of £1,000 awarded to an artist aged between 18 and 30; the matt bruce memorial Award for the most outstanding use of light and colour, £500; the Schmincke Award and many other prizes. All work must be for sale, minimum price £450. Download full terms and conditions from

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About The Artist

Welcome to our January issue which looks forward to the new year ahead with our special 6-page guide to open competitions and exhibitions in 2018 and beyond, with all the entry details and all-important deadlines. We also include full details about our own The Artist open competition with fantastic prizes and the opportunity to see your work exhibited and published in the magazine and on our website, promoting your artwork to our massive international audience. Our inspirational, practical articles from this month's team of top-level professional artists and tutors include how to exploit extreme shadows in watercolour for enhanced light effects, watercolour techniques for capturing atmospheric weather conditions and how to improve your watercolour still life paintings. Equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan offers 10 top tips on how to draw the horse, NEAC President Richard Pikesley offers ideas on painting 'table-top' landscapes indoors when it's impossible to get outside to paint and Barry Freeman explains how painting from the heart is the key to loosening up in your work. With much more too, you will find plenty of ideas in this issue to keep you painting over the festive period. The team at The Artist wishes all our readers a happy, creative time and enjoyable new year.