The ROI was founded in 1882 and is uniquely dedicated to celebrating, informing and assisting those who practice the Art of Oil Painting. Among the ROI's membership are many of the best contemporary artists who work in this very robust and versatile medium, and the diversity of the styles on show at the Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries bear this out. As well as providing a Society for professional artists the Institute also actively encourages and supports talented young artists through its awards and activities. www.theroi.co.uk
The Royal Society of Marine Artists is the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art, and many of the country's leading marine artists are elected Members of the Society. http://www.rsma-web.co.uk/
A group of painters met at Lincoln’s Inn Fields on May 21st 1823, to form the ‘Society of British Artists’, whose manifesto stated, ‘This organisation was not formed to rival existing societies but that every Member was to be at liberty to assist and support any other society.’ www.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk
The Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) represents established artists of the area as well as those who are up and coming. Our members consistently demonstrate artistic excellence and achievement and are so awarded a place within the Institute.
East Anglia has provided a home for many generations of artists of both national and international renown. John Constable and John Sell Cotman were perhaps the most famous and in more recent times Edward Seago and Alfred Munnings. So it is surprising that until now the fine artists of East Anglia have not been represented by a dedicated society. The formation of the Institute of East Anglian Artists is remedying that omission by providing a focus for artistic excellence for those residing in the area. The main aim of the Institute is to raise the profile, inspire and encourage the teaching of arts in the region. www.eastanglianartists.com
In 1979 six amateur and professional marine painters met at the famous "Butt and Oyster" pub at Pin Mill on the banks of the River Orwell, Suffolk. Inspired by the surroundings and a shared enthusiasm for depicting the maritime scene the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists was brought into being. Soon, others were invited to join, amongst them being some well-known and highly regarded artists with a leaning towards East Coast subject matter. An inaugural exhibition was held in Ipswich early the following year, since when the group has moved from strength to strength with a steady improvement in standards and diversity. www.eastangliangroupofmarineartists.org.uk