Royal Society of Marine Artists

Art Competition
Royal Society of Marine Artists

Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the RSMA Annual Exhibition 2024

The Royal Society of Marine Artists seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife – in short anything that involves tidal water.

The RSMA Annual Exhibition is widely recognised as a showcase for the best in contemporary marine art, with selected work from the open entry hung alongside the work of members.

Open to: Any artist aged 18 or over may enter, from anywhere in the world. 
Entry cost: There is a non-refundable submission fee of £20 per work, or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under. 
Deadline: 26th of July 2024 
Prize: BAE Systems Naval Ships Award
The best work capturing the story of British Shipbuilding – People, ships and Shipyards. The work will capture some of the rich history in British shipbulding through the ages and looking into the future. With particular people, skilled crafts, trades, and emerging technologies. The work will embody the characters and passion of the British shipbuilding community and bring to life the essence of this historic British industry.
Value: £5,000.
The Baltic Exchange Award
For an outstanding work related to the maritime industry, selected by the Society’s President and the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange. Including works related to trade (ports, cargo vessels, etc), ship building, safety at sea / the crew, the RNLI or NCI. The Baltic is an historic membership organisation at the heart of the international shipping industry, providing services relied upon by shipping markets worldwide.
Value: £2,000.
The Murray’s Commercial Fishing Award
For a work in any medium depicting commercial fishing.
Value: £500 for the first prize and £100 for the second.
The Sea Pictures Gallery Award
A work of distinction in any medium.
Value: £250
The Kenneth Denton Award (late RSMA member)
For a work on the theme ‘The Sea in all its Moods’. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton.
Value: £500.
The Charles Pears Award
For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. To be judged by the RSMA Selection Committee.
Value: £500.
Robert Abraham Memorial Prize
For the best oil painting by a full member of the RSMA.
Value: £500.
The RSMA Award for the Best Small Painting
For a work in any medium measuring no more than 30cms (12″) along its longest length (excluding frame). Made possible by the generosity of a member.
Value: £300.
The RSMA New Generation Award
Awarded by the Society, the successful artist will receive £250. Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the close of submissions.
The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize
For a notable oil painting.
Value: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner.
The Topbond Marine Award
For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK.
Value: £250.
The Marine Quarterly “Sea from Seaward” Prize
For a painting of a boat or ship as seen from the seaward that demonstrates individuality of technique, viewpoint and interpretation. The winning work may be featured as the cover image on a future issue of the publication.
Value: £100.
The Classic Boat Prize
The winner will take home a handsome, hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures, given for the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.
The Artist Magazine Award
For the most deserving work, as judged by the Magazine. The winner will be interviewed for a feature in The Artist magazine, print and digital edition.
Value: Feature article in The Artist magazine.

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