Resources Open Exhibitions

Have a look below for the list of open exhibitions and competitions that I think might be useful to my fellow artists.

There are, of course, a lot of open exhibitions in the world. This page does not try to be all comprehensive, but lists the most important ones in my view. This is page is naturally focussed on the UK, but I will try and add relevant international open exhibitions as well. I will update this page whenever I have more information, so do please come back regularly.

If you think I have missed an open exhibitions that should be on this page, please let me know.

Chronologically (- ish):

Open Exhibitions 2018

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
Submission deadline: 5 January 2018, 12noon. First submission round via online entries.
http://royalinstituteofpaintersinwatercolours.org
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (RA)
Submission deadline: submissions open on 4 January 2018 and close once 12,000 submissions have been received and/or by 14 February.First submission round via online entries.
https://summer.royalacademy.org.uk
Entry fee: £35
Exhibition held annually at the Royal Academy in London. Hugely famous and massive in number of works on show, for many this is the one to get into. Do note the artists are responsible for any sales as the gallery does not deal with that side of things.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)
Submission deadline: 19 January 2018. First submission round via online entries.
http://www.therp.co.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

BP Portrait Award
Submission deadline: 22 January 2018. First submission round via online entries.
https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2018/exhibition/
Entry fee: £40
Famous exhibition held annually at the National Portrait Gallery in London
I have a soft spot for this one.... Sometimes the judges select true gems, at other times you leave slightly confused over the selection....

Royal Society of Birmingham Artists (RBSA)
Open All Media 2018
Submission deadline: 31 January 2018.
http://www.rbsa.org.uk
Entry fee: from £13 for one entry. Note there is a hanging fee of £15/£23 per work if selected. Exceptions apply.

New English Art Club (NEAC)
Submission deadline: 23 February 2018. First submission round via online entries.
https://www.newenglishartclub.co.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.
Much focus on impressionist and/or painterly oil painting but high quality work.

Jackson's Painting Prize
Submission deadline: 16 March 2018. Online only (!) competition and exhibition.
https://www.jacksonspaintingprize.com
Entry fee: £5
Online competition and exhibition, although the shortlisted painting will have to be sent to Jackson's head office in London for the final judging round.

The Artist Magazine Open Art Competition (UK)
Annual competition with a show at Patchings Art Centre. First submission round via online entries.
Submission deadline: 13 April 2018
http://www.painters-online.co.uk/competitions.htm
Entry fee: £18 for up to three entries (max one work selected)

Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition (US)
Digital competition only with winning entries getting published in the magazine. Entries into various categories.
Submission deadline: 1 May 2018
https://www.artistsnetwork.com/competition/artists-magazine-annual/
Entry fee: $40 (discounts apply)

Society of Women Artists (SWA)
Submission deadline: 22 June 2018
https://www.society-women-artists.org.uk
Entry fee: £15
Mall Galleries, London
Annual exhibition showing members and non-members work. Society that highlights female artists.

Society of Wildlife Artists
Submission deadline: 27 July 2018
Submission fee: £15
Mall Galleries, London

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI)
Submission deadline: 17 August 2018. First submission round via online entries.
http://theroi.co.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA)
Submission deadline: 21 August 2018.
Annual Open Exhibition
Used to be the Autumn Exhibition. Annual show. First submission round via online entries.http://www.rwa.org.uk/artists/open-exhibitions
Entry fee: £18
Large open exhibition held annually at the RWA in Bristol.

The Pastel Society (PS)
Submission deadline: winter 2018. First submission round via online entries.
http://www.thepastelsociety.org.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)
Submission deadline: autumn 2018. First submission round via online entries.
https://www.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize
Submission deadline: autumn 2018. First submission round via online entries.
https://columbiathreadneedleprize.mallgalleries.org.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize
Submission deadline: autumn 2018. First submission round via online entries.
http://www.lynnpainterstainersprize.org.uk
Entry fee: £15
Exhibition held annually at the Mall Galleries in London.

Royal West of England Academy of Art (RWA)
Drawn
Drawing in all its forms
Open exhibition held annually at the RWA in Bristol.

Artists & Illustrators Magazine Artist of the Year
Submission deadline: Late 2018
Annual competition.First submission round via online entries.
https://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk

The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers
Annual open exhibition
Mall Galleries, London
fee £15 per art work
Submission deadline: 18 November 2018
http://www.royal-miniature-society.org.uk/

The Harley Open
Submission deadline: 6 January 2019
(no digital pre-selection, works need to be delivered to the gallery in person for selection)
Open exhibition at The Harley Gallery in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.
http://www.harleygallery.co.uk/event/call-for-entries/
Entry fee: £10

Portrait Society of America
International Portrait Competition
Big competition with prizes awarded at The Art of the Portrait Conference.
http://www.portraitsociety.org/international
Entry fee:45