How to Exhibit with The RBA

The annual open exhibition of the society takes place in early spring. The exhibition includes works from both members and non-members and represents every form of media including fine art, prints and sculpture.

The 300th Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Registration and digital submission opens
Monday 5th September 2016, 12 noon
Registration and digital submission closes
Friday 9th December 2016, 12 noon
Notification of pre-selection posted
Friday 16th December 2016, 12 noon
Saturday 21st January 2017, 10am to 5pm
For pre-selected works only
Notification of acceptance posted
Tuesday 24th January 2017, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work
Thursday 26th January 2016, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens to public
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 10am to 5pm
(Inc. Easter weekend)
Exhibition closes
Saturday 1st April 2017, 5pm
Collection of unsold exhibition work
Thursday 6th April 2017, 10am to 5pm


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.

Online registration is now closed.

Digital image submission and pre-selection

Once you have registered and obtained an artist login, you can upload a digital image of each work you plan to submit and they will be assessed by our selectors. If a work passes this initial assessment you will be invited to bring it along on the receiving days for judging. This pre-selection process can help avoid any unnecessary framing or transportation costs into London.

The requirements for digital images are...

  • Image files must be in JPG format at no more than 1MB in size
  • The system will accept varying resolutions and image dimensions


  • Submission fee: £15 per work payable at the time of submitting (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under)
  • A maximum of six works can be submitted, three of which can be original framed prints
  • A maximum of four works may be selected
  • Acceptable media: Any medium including sculpture and original prints (please detail edition and how many are available)
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension
  • All works must be exhibition ready
  • All works must be for sale and not previously exhibited
  • Minimum price: £300 (framed prints: £180, unframed prints: £120)
Full Terms and Conditions can be found here.