Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Royal Institute Of Painters In Water Colours

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

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The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI), initially called the New Society of Painters in Water Colours, (and not to be confused with the Royal Watercolour Society), is one of the societies in the Federation of British Artists, based in the Mall Galleries in London.

History

In 1831 it was founded as the New Society of Painters in Water Colours, competing with the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), which had been founded in 1804. The RI differed in policy by exhibiting non-members' work also. Both societies challenged the Royal Academy's refusal to accept the medium of watercolours as appropriate for serious art.

In 1863 there was a name change to the Institute of Painters in Water Colours. In 1883 it acquired its own premises at Piccadilly. In 1885 it added "Royal" to its title by command of Queen Victoria. When the lease to these premises ran out in 1970, it moved to the Mall Galleries, near to Trafalgar Square.

The current officers (2010) are:
  • Ronald Maddox PRI Hon.RWS Hon.RBA Hon.PS FCSD, President
  • Tony Hunt VPRI, Vice President
  • Andy Wood RBA, Secretary
  • Robin Hazlewood, Treasurer
  • Ian Bliss, Archivist
  • Terry McKivragan, Membership Secretary
  • Bill Toop MCSD, Exhibitions Secretary


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