Call for Entries

We put on an exciting annual programme of exhibitions and artists who exhibit with us enjoy the prestige of a historic art society setting and a prime city centre location to showcase their work.

Members and Associates: deadline 24 Oct

Our M&A Exhibition reflects the current contemporary art scene. Open only to RBSA artists, it includes the work of our Members, Associates and those newly elected this year. With most works of art for sale, this exhibition is also a popular opportunity to find that unique Christmas gift!

Next Wave (emerging artists): deadline 4 July

Our Next Wave exhibition aims to showcase the latest work by emerging and early-career artists. Check out the current call at the RBSA website where you’ll find a downloadable application pack and full details. Open to all early-career artists working in all media up to ten years post-qualification. Artists aged 35 and under receive a 50% discount on entry fees.

Friends Exhibition: deadline 20 June

We are one of the oldest art societies in the UK, and our Friends scheme has been going for more than 200 years. If you join, you are eligible to enter our Friends Exhibition, along with a host of other benefits, such as entry to events, private views, and networking with other artists! So why not check out the details, become a Friend, and send us your work!

Get submitting soon!

Benefits of responding to our Call for Entries include:

  • The chance to be exhibited alongside national and internationally renowned artists
  • Your work on the walls of a prestigious and historic art gallery
  • Promotion across social media and to a network of collectors and art lovers
  • Discounted entry fees for artists under 35
  • No entry fees for Friends of the RBSA who pay display fees only

Current Programme

Below you’ll find details of our 2018 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

The Prize exhibition, Portrait Prize, Open All Media, and Print Prize are open to all, and attract entries from across the UK.

Friends, Members & Associates, and StArt exhibitions are for artists with RBSA membership.

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.




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.

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.

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.