Artists: make it your New Year resolution to submit more work!

The RBSA puts on an exciting annual programme attracting entries from across the UK.

Artists who exhibit with us enjoy the prestige of a historic art society setting and a prime city centre location to showcase their work. So why not get that new diary out and plan your artistic year with a look at some of our current deadlines?

Photographic Prize NEW deadline 14 January 


Sam Ivin, ‘Pakistan’ – the 2017 GMC First Prize winner

Our third RBSA Photographic Prize exhibition is in partnership with Argentea Gallery and will be displayed across both venues.

We welcome entries from professional and emerging photographers from across the region and beyond. There are four prizes for this exhibition, including a £1,000 First Prize!

Open All Media: Deadline 30 January 

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Alex Callaway, ‘Wild Apple II’

The Open All Media is one of the most popular of our national open exhibitions, and attracts entries from across the UK. It provides a range of artists with the opportunity to exhibit their work and be recognised for their talent.

Works in all media except photography are accepted, including: jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, drawing, painting and printmaking. See exhibition page for entry details.


Ryan Everson, ‘Venus’

Application forms are made available to download at the respective exhibition pages at the main RBSA website, or you can send in an SAE to the gallery. The same pages will display selection announcements.

Get submitting soon!

Benefits of responding to our Call for Entries include:

  1. The chance to be exhibited alongside national and internationally renowned artists

  2. Your work on the walls of a prestigious and historic art gallery

  3. Promotion across social media and to a network of collectors and art lovers

  4. Discounted entry fees for artists under 35

  5. No entry fees for Friends of the RBSA who pay display fees only

Below you’ll find details of all our 2019 exhibitions with entry form deadlines and information on how to enter. You’ll find our entry fees very reasonably priced, and if you become a Friend of the RBSA, there’s no fee at all, plus Friends get their very own exhibition…

Call for Entries

One of the chief benefits of joining us is that artists bypass entry fees and only pay display fees if their work is selected for certain exhibitions.

The RBSA strives to ensure widespread publicity and sustained promotion of all our exhibitions, both online and through our networks at a regional and national level.

Watch out for announcements soon… the quickest way to stay up-to-date is to follow us on Twitter.

Artists with any queries can get in touch by calling 0121 236 4353 or emailing

Further information

All our prize exhibitions are independently judged to ensure fairness. Selection is based on the panel’s assessment of the quality of entries and the artistic merit of each work.

Digital submissions are the norm, with only selected artists invited to deliver their works to the gallery.

Banner image: Trevor Bennett, ‘Setting Out’

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