Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Open 2013
16 September 2013
Erica Youngman, Gondolas, Venice 96mm x 59mm and Canal Reflections, Venice 96mm x 59mm
The art of miniature painting can be traced back to the emergence of beautifully illustrated manuscripts created in watercolour on vellum in medieval times. From these manuscripts developed portrait miniatures, produced for high society including Henry VIII and his wives. As small and transportable artworks, miniatures played an important role in society and were often given as tokens of friendship, loyalty and love. The invention of photography sadly led to a steep and rapid decline in the discipline. In 1896 the Society of Miniature Painters was established to save the art form, which was later granted the royal charter in 1904. Today, the Society’s annual exhibition of 700 works is ‘one of the world’s foremost displays of contemporary miniature art’ and includes a broad range of subjects such as including landscapes, still lifes, marine and wildlife.
The Society is now accepting submissions for this annual open exhibition in any medium or material. Artists are welcome to enter up to five artworks for the chance to be included in the Mall Galleries exhibition15th - 27th October 2013. The artworks must be not exceed the size guidelines (Rectangles and Ovals 4½” x 6″, Squares 4½” x 4½”, Rounds 4½” diameter) and a submission fee of £15 is charged per artwork. Entrants have the chance to win diverse prizes including The Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Miniature Painting and The Bonhams Portrait Award. Submit your work and be a part of the miniature painting revival!