The marine environment has so much to offer – unending oceans, hidden harbours, sparkling beaches, rugged coastlines and a whole variety of oceanic vessels that ply the waters of the world. It is no wonder that many of us have fond memories associated with being on, or beside, the sea!
Generations of artists have sought inspiration from the sea and that sentiment continues today. The Royal Society of Marine Artists 2018 Annual Exhibition features 400 works by both RSMA members and a new generation of artists who have discovered the fascination of the sea. These works – in a wide range of styles, sizes and media – explore the many moods of the sea and its landscape, offer something to appeal to all tastes.
A new award this year is the Baltic Exchange Award. The Baltic Exchange sits at the heart of the global maritime community, providing services relied upon worldwide. Commercial shipping is a vibrant melting-pot of characters – a community drawn together from far and wide, both by passion and vocation. This particular prize (£2,000) recognises work from artists with a focus on this compelling industry.
Other new prizes this year include The Kenneth Denton Award (£500) for a work on the theme of ‘The Sea and all its Moods’, and The RSMA New Generation Award (£250) the recipient of which will receive a dedicated page in the exhibition catalogue, featuring the winning work and a short biography.
Dates: 11 October 2018 to 20 October 2018
Times: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Main Gallery, North Galleries and Threadneedle Space
Entry: Admission £4, £3 concessions, 50% off with National Art Pass, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s
During the exhibition members will be giving free demonstrations in the gallery.
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Details of Final Selection pieces from the RSMA Annual Exhibition 2018 can be found here: RSMA 2018 Accepted Works
[Credits: Feature image – ‘Ship With Moon’ by Tony Williams – RSMA Charles Pears Award Winner, 2015 (Mall Galleries); mallgalleries.org.uk]