1882 - ?

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters was founded in 1882 and was granted royal status by King Edward VII in 1909. The Institute is confined to about sixty-five elected members and includes many of the leading artists in the country. It encompasses all styles and techniques which is a tradition that goes back to its inauguration. Promoting and exhibiting work of the highest standard in oil paint, the ROI provides a centre of excellence and encouragement to all who love this robust medium and is based at the Mall Galleries, London SW1. It is one of the nine member societies that form the Federation of British Artists (FBA) and holds its meetings in the Federationís Mall Galleries, next to Trafalgar Square. The ROI Annual Open Exhibition is held in December when non-members are afforded the opportunity to exhibit alongside established ROI members.