MAKING A MARK: Royal Society of Marine Artists

I visited the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists last week. This post focuses on the prizes and awards and tomorrow’s will be my review of the exhibition. It’s critical of how these are announced on both the RSMA and Mall Galleries websites. I recommend much more attention to detail and timing in 2023.

Feature wall in the East Gallery of the RSMA Open Exhibition 2022

The RSMA 77th Exhibition continues 

  • at the Mall Galleries in London 
  • until Saturday 1st October 2022. Hours are 10am to 5pm.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2022 presents works inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife.

You can also see it online on the Mall Galleries website

This was my post about the Call for Entries: Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2022

I stopped focusing on prizes and awards when writing about FBA Society Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries when their blog picked up this very necessary communication. However I note there’s been no announcement to date of awards on the RSMA website

  • Given one of the attractions of submitting artwork to an open exhibition is the possibility of adding your winning an award to polish up your CV this seems to me to be a big mistake. 
  • Also if you want people to sponsor awards then announcing them online is also very important. 
  • More importantly, it’s important to have an accurate and up to date listing – and the one on the RSMA website is out of date as well as missing prizewinners
  • If you value the work of the artwork submitted then you need to demonstrate this very cogently by communicating about it after the announcement. 


  • the link to the announcement on the Mall Galleries website is only identified via Facebook. It’s not referenced on the exhibition page or in the News section!
  • PLUS it doesn’t identify any of the awards by the sponsors’ name on the page about the awards!! (How to Keep a Sponsor Happy – NOT!)
  • AND it’s incomplete!!!

However people change in terms of both societies and the galleries holding the exhibition and sometimes people lose sight of what’s important….

So I’m back with a post featuring prizes and awards. Not that I’ve got a list of these because there was none at the front desk! So whether or not there’s a picture depends on whether I spotted the sticker on the wall – which incidentally I think could usefully be in a different colour to mark it out from the artwork details sticker.

View of one of the walls in the West Gallery

RSMA Annual Exhibition 2022: Prizes and Awards

The BAE Systems Award

Value: £5,000

The best work capturing the story of British Shipbuilding – People, Ships and Shipyards. The work will capture some of the rich history in British shipbuilding through the ages and looking into the future. With particular focus on 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 his historic British industry.Geoff was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 1988 and served in various capacities before a term as President from 2003 to 2008.

The Baltic Exchange Award

Value: £2,000

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.

The Murray’s Commercial Fishing Award 

Value: £500 for the first prize

For a work in any medium depicting commercial fishing.

Alistair was elected a full member of the RSMA in 2009. He has also shown work at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour’s (RI) exhibitions and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) exhibitions at the Mall Galleries. His paintings are principally of coastal and landscape scenes and he’s particularly skilful at painting light.

Light, in all its forms and its effect upon the subject, provides the starting point for Alistair Butt’s paintings. It provides the sparkle, impact and mood of a landscape, seascape, harbour, village or city. 

The Kenneth Denton Award 

Value: £500

For a work on the theme ‘The Sea in all its Moods‘. Made possible by the generosity of long-standing member Kenneth Denton.Martin Swan has been working as an artist since 1988. He lives on the Isle of Wight where his work can be found in several art galleries.

The Charles Pears Award

Value: £500

This award commemorates the first elected President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
For an outstanding work, in any medium, by a non-member. 

To be judged by the RSMA Selection Committee.

Terry Lord has had a 45 year career as a artist and now paints mainly for his own pleasure.

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.

Unfortunately Gillian’s website does not have a security certificate and hence I can’t see it.

(I cannot emphasise enough to people that they MUST keep their websites up to date with all changes and requirements in relation to security – particularly when it’s Google which demands those requirements. it’s no good having a website if people cannot access it – and Google no longer allows access to insecure websites).

The RSMA New Generation Award

Value: £300

Open to all artists aged 35 or under at the close of submissions.

Max trained as an architect – but also draws and paints. 

Recently I have been lucky enough to receive numerous awards for my work, including the Green and stone prize for a painting at the Annual Chelsea Arts Society Exhibition, the Winsor and newton young artist award at the Royal institute of oil painters (3rd Place), and the Emerging artist prize from the Royal institute of Oil painters 2021. I’m currently a candidate for the wapping group of artists. Max White – Biography


The Sea Pictures Gallery Award (NEW)

This is a new award in 2022. Although not strictly ‘new‘ as the Gallery has sponsored awards in the past at this exhibition. ‘Back again’ might be more accurate. I’m not sure what the prize is.

That’s it!

Benjamin is also very on the ball – he’s got the award already listed on his website alongside the others he’s won in the past!

I thought that this rather nice small painting could have been better hung in a better location. It certainly deserved to be.

The Winsor and Newton Oil Prize

Value: £250 worth of Winsor & Newton materials to be chosen by the winner.

For a notable oil painting.

Greg lives in Salcombe and runs the Tonic Gallery there with his wife Charlotte. It specialises in Marine Art of the surrounding area with a variety of artists exploring the natural coastline and has a particular focus on originals and ceramics.

The Topbond Marine Award

Value: £250

For works depicting marine engineering or construction activities in harbours, estuaries or marine waters within the UK.

Jenny lives in Derbyshire, not far from the beautiful Peak District.  She has strong family roots and connections to Cornwall and the Channel Islands, and a love for the sea.  Since graduation in Art & Art History from seaside university Aberstwyth in 1998, she has exhibited all over the UK and won several awards.

The Classic Boat Prize

Value:  a hand-crafted sculpture by Astins Sailing Sculptures

For the most atmospheric depiction of a classic boat.
Srirangam Mohankumar has worked for a number of years as an orthopaedic surgeon within the NHS. However he’s always been interested in sketching and painting, particularly in watercolour and preferably outdoors when the weather permits!

I really liked his paintings as they reminded me a lot of watercolour paintings by Winslow Homer – and I’m not in the least bit surprised to see that this (and the above it in the gallery) have both sold.

The Artist Magazine Award

Value: Feature article in The Artist magazine.

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.

Tom Marsh is a Cityscape and Landscape painter and won this award for his body of work in the exhibition. He studied for a degree in Illustration and fine art at the Kent Institute with the University of kent at Canterbury. He has won a number of awards with various societies exhibiting at the Mall Galleries – as well as becoming an Associate Member of both the RSMA and the ROI.

Tomorrow I’ll be writing more about this exhibition in a review to be published on this blog. Plus I’m hoping to be able to post various pics of the exhibition to Facebook – if the combination of Apple Photos, my Macbook and Facebook talk to one another!

Angelia S. Rico

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