A Celebration of Figurative Art at its Best
15th to 24th April – 11am to 4pm
This is my second year as President and I am delighted to celebrate another RBA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, showcasing figurative art at its best.
We have all been challenged by the 2020 pandemic and adverse weather conditions, so it makes it all the more exhilarating and joyful to engage in something as uplifting and inspiring as this exhibition.
Our Patron, Sponsors and Prize-givers have reaffirmed their support for this prestigious event and we thank each and every one of them. This year we have had a record-breaking number of works submitted by non-members and I wish to congratulate those whose work is represented in the show. There were many others we would like to have included, had we had the space to do so – it was such a difficult task for our Selection Committee.
Over the last three years we have made a concerted effort to reach out to young artists and, as a result, this year saw 328 submissions from them and we have included 60 in this show – all selected on merit. This is a testament to our commitment and success in encouraging young people to involve themselves with our Society.
Additionally, we have a further 40 young artists who are this year’s RBA RISING STARS – they are the semi-finalists for our Rome Scholarship and their work can be seen online at the Royal Over-Seas League. They are also featured in this catalogue.
It will be apparent from the show that our Members have worked extremely hard to present their best works for you to enjoy, whether viewing them in the gallery or online, and I express my thanks to them all.
‘Investing in art for the future is investing in the future of art’
Mick Davies PRBA Hon RBSA
The Whistler Award
A medal, £500, and a double page spread in the exhibition catalogue
The de Laszlo Foundation Prize
The de Laszlo Medal for Excellence and £1,500 awarded to an artist aged 35 or under for the best work from life
The Artist Magazine Award
The winner will be featured in The Artist
The Arts Society Star Student Award
Art shop vouchers to the value of £100
RBA President’s Star Student Award
Nathan David Award for Sculpture
The Dry Red Press Award
Work published as a greeting card
Frinton Frames Award
£200 of picture framing at Frinton Frames
Hahnemühle Fine Art UK Award
A prize of artist paper, worth £250
The Michael Harding Awards
Two prizes of £500 worth of art materials
The Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize
A prize of £250 for draughtsmanship, variety and exploration
The Peter Kelly Commemorative Prize
The Ronald Morgan Memorial Award
The Patron’s Prize
The Stuart Southall Print Prize
The Surgeon’s Prize
The Geoffrey Vivis Memorial Award
The Marianne von Werther Memorial Award
The Rome Scholarship for a young artist
The Winsor & Newton Painting Award
Art materials to the value of £500
The John Lynn Commemorative Award for a Young Artist
The Marianne Von Werther Memorial Award – This is a Scholarship for the month of September, staying at ‘Sala Uno’ a prestigious gallery in the centre of Rome.
40 semi-finalists for our Rome Scholarship competition will have their work included in our “RBA RISING STARS” exhibition for artists aged 18 – 35, at the Royal Over-Seas League, in Mayfair, Central London.
In collaboration with The Arts Society and the Royal Over-Seas League, we are hoping to show 40 works from ‘A’ level students at our “RBA Star Students” Exhibition.