The Royal Society of Marine Artists
Celebrating the Sea
The Society was founded in 1939 and is widely recognised for being the focal point for much of Britain's finest marine art. The RSMA currently has an active membership numbering 54. The Society's common theme is the sea, and whilst most RSMA Members work covers a variety of subjects, paintings submitted for the Society's exhibitions must be related to tidal waters in some way. Traditions such as plein-air, topographical, historical, still life, and figure painting are all welcomed. The work is representational in the broadest sense, and the range of media includes oil painting, watercolour, acrylics and pastels, as well as drawings, prints, and the occasional sculpture.
Each year the RSMA stages an Open Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and any artist can submit work for consideration. This year's show runs from October 16th to the 27th and the gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm except the final Sunday when it closes at 1 pm.
'British & Commonwealth Aircraft Carriers at the Coronation Fleet Review 1953' Geoff Hunt PPRSMA
The RSMA has many links with the maritime world including the National Maritime Museum, The Royal Navy, the RNLI, shipping industry, publishing, sailing and sail training interests, and many Members are active in teaching, lecturing, and demonstrating their work. Membership of the Society is achieved by election but the Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in October (see the News page for further details - news) is open to non-members, submitted work being subject to selection by jury. For supporters and enthusiasts there is membership of the Friends of the RSMA. To find out more click the links on the left border of this page. The RSMA is a registered charity and is a member society of the Federation of British Artists based at the Mall Galleries in London.