call for artists

Royal Society of British Artists

To have work shown with the RBA, in one of the best “open call” exhibitions, at one of the most prestigious galleries in the UK, should be on every artist’s ‘wish list’. Don’t just wish it ... Do it!

Here are some of the reasons to enter the RBA Annual Exhibition 2024:

  • £10,000 grand prize
  • Plus another c. £10,000 of prizes and awards (see 'Prizes & Awards' below)
  • Non-members are eligible for all prizes with the exception of the Whistler Award (£3,000)
  • 200 non-member works will be selected to show with us and will appear in our catalogue
  • We select quality, whether paintings, sculptures, printmaking or drawing

The RBA was formed in 1823 and we have 200 years’ experience of selecting and promoting the best artistic talent. You can trust our Selection Panel to choose quality, no matter the style or medium of the work. Art is many faceted and exciting so, if selected, you will be included in an eclectic show which always has a wonderful buzz and will make you proud to be part of it.

Be positive ... have confidence in your ability and go for it! Last year we had record sales, because the RBA has been at the heart of contemporary art for over two centuries and we are still at it.

- Mick Davies, President, Royal Society of British Artists

Submissions are ONLINE ONLY and open until Wednesday 10 January 2024

We recommend that artists submit well in advance of the deadline to allow time for assistance with their application if required.

How to Submit

A single-stage virtual judging of all submitted works will take place, after which selected works should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for inclusion in the exhibition:

- Upload your work to our Open Exhibition Submission System (OESS) before 12 noon on Wednesday 10 January 2024 [Note: Images must be in JPEG or PNG format and under 5MB]. The judges will make their decision based on these images, therefore please submit good quality photographs.

- Log in to the OESS from 12 noon on Friday19 January to see if your work has been selected

- If selected, deliver your work on Saturday17 February, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD. Works should be delivered unwrapped with the relevant form and labels, which are downloadable upon notification of selection.

Important Dates

Submissions open: Wednesday 18 October 2023, 12 noon

Submissions close: Wednesday 10 January 2024, 12 noon

Notification of selection: Friday 19 January, 12 noon

Receiving Day (if selected): Saturday 17 February, 10am to 5pm

Private View (invite only): Wednesday 28 February, 2pm to 8pm, official opening at 6pm

Exhibition opens: Thursday 29 February, 10am to 5pm daily

Exhibition closes: Saturday 9 March, 5pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 14 March, 10am to 5pm

Conditions of Entry


  • Any artist over 18 may submit, in the UK, EU, and outside the EU.
  • Acceptable media: Painting, sculpture, drawing and original prints.
  • A maximum of six works may be submitted, from which a maximum of four works may be selected.
  • Work must not have been exhibited previously in London.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.

Entry Fee

  • There is a non-refundable submission fee of £20 per work for standard entries and £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under. The entry fee includes free admission to the exhibition, normally £5.

Visit Official Website