Society News

Covid-19

In view of the ongoing national and international crisis, the Officers and Council of the Royal Miniature Society have regretfully made the decision to cancel the 2020 Exhibition.


We hope you will be able to visit us next year, which will be the 125th Anniversary Exhibition. 
As yet we cannot give possible dates for 2021, but will do so as soon as we can.

I hope you all remain safe and well and that we can look forward to making our 125th Anniversary Exhibition next year a really special occasion!


National Portrait Gallery, Elizabethan Treasures Exhibition 2019

  • Hedgerow Berries
In 2019 Jenny Brooks HS RMS ran a 2 day workshop at the National Portrait Gallery, London for thier Elizabthan Treasures exhibition. 
To read about Jenny's experince please click here.

The Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Miniature Painting - 2019

Hedgerow Berries

Hedgerow Berries by Marian Tumelty VPRMS

Many congratulations!


After 125 years is it time for some changes at The Royal Miniature Society?  

Rachel McKean - Iona Abbey Interior I (acrylic on Iona beach shell)
(Young Artist) Rachel McKean - Iona Abbey Interior I (acrylic on Iona beach shell)

With its quasquicentennial anniversary approaching in 2021 ( that’s 125 years ) one of our most traditional of art societies the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers is keen to show they are definitely not stuck in the past with a new updated website and social media coverage and the introduction of online submissions for the first time next year.  

With this new progressive outlook, they also want to encourage new artists both young and not so young to submit work for their annual exhibition.  

Last year saw the introduction of a new 18-30 Young Artists Award, this year an Award for Innovation has been added. It is hoped that alongside the more conventional portraits, landscapes, still life and wildlife paintings executed in the most exquisite detail by some of the finest exponents of miniature art working today, work with fresh or unusual subject matter or with a more contemporary feel will be entered.  

Artists will still need to display a high degree of technical excellence in execution to be accepted but in the words of the distinguished art dealer and television presenter Philip Mould “This is definitely a time for pushing the boundaries in finding new ways to invigorate this time-honoured genre. Where possible be different, challenging, subversive and enjoy sailing close to the wind”.  

The annual exhibition has a wide range of awards and cash prizes available and is open to everyone including non-members. Details are available on the website www.royal-miniaturesociety.org.uk  Entry to view the exhibition is free at the Mall Galleries and magnifying glasses are conveniently available to examine the minute detail. With most of the paintings and sculptures for sale and prices starting at a very reasonable £190 miniature art can not only be affordable but also very easy to display for the collector due to its small scale. 

If you would like further information on the Royal Miniature Society please contact the Executive Secretary on info@royal-miniature-society.org.uk 
 
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Iain Gardiner - Refection in a Regent Street Window II (oil on canvas)
Iain Gardiner - Refection in a Regent Street Window II (oil on canvas)
Ray Winder - Still Life in the Ocean (carved boxwood on American walnut)
Ray Winder - Still Life in the Ocean (carved boxwood on American walnut) 

Claire Anscomb - Slideshow (graphite on paper)
(Young Artist) Claire Anscomb - Slideshow (graphite on paper) 

Congratulations
Dominic Fonde ARMS


Whose work will feature in 'Glassworks Vol.7'  - Contemporary Glass Artists Exhibtion at the Hankyu Umeda department store in Osaka, Japan from 12th to 18th August.

Dominic will be showing a selection of new engraved short stories and miniature engravings of ballerina's. The images attached show a peice called I spy, it is a six chapter story engraved on a series of sherry glasses and presented in an aluminium briefcase.


Congratulations
Elizabeth Meek MBE, HPRMS, PPSWA, FRSA

Who will be exhibiting work at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries from 7 to 22 May. 

Title: Self Portrait by Elizabeth Meek 

Jill Moger PVPRMS SWLA

Giffins by Jill Moger
THREE GRIFFINS  -  Although predominantly a sculptor of wildlife, Jill received a commission earlier this year, to make a miniature griffin sculpture as a mascot for the bonnet of a new classic car.  However her client was not certain what style he wanted as the fabled griffin is purely fantasy but often depicted as half lion and half eagle.  Jill made four griffins, each in a different style.  Modelled in a semi porcelain clay, they were glazed and fired but uncoloured for the client to make his choice.  The three remaining griffins have now been overglazed in different ways as pictured here whilst the client’s chosen one has gone to the bronze foundry to fulfil its destination.

Claire Russell RMS 
featured in Artists & Illustrators

  • Claire Russell

Gillie Hoyte Byrom 
Hon Ret RMS

Gillie Hoyte Byrom
Gillies new hardback book - 
‘The Practice of Painting in Enamel
OUT NOW!

Buckingham Palace Garden Party

  • Buckingham Palace Garden Party
  • Buckingham Palace Garden Party outside mall galleries
  • HRH The Prince of Wales
  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
  • Buckingham Palace Garden and lake
  • Buckingham Palace Garden Party 2018
To celebrate the 70th Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales, a garden party took place on the beautiful grounds of Buckingham palace. Representatives of all His Royal Highnesses Patronages received invitations to this special event.

Meet the Artist...
Enid Clarke RMS

enid clarke

Enid Clarke RMS has been an active member of the Royal Miniature Society since 1987 and still enjoys painting miniatures at 97 years old.

Thank you!

As always, our exhibition would not be possible without a dedicated group of members who make our show possible. 

Many hours are spent organizing, selecting, hanging, photographing and packing works. 

If you are a member and would like to help, please contact Claire Hucker for further information.

Published Articles

If you are a member and would like to let us know about your shows, events & exhibitions, we would love to hear from you!

Please include a few pictures and a short written piece about your event by March each year.

Email: publicity@royal-miniature-society.org.uk

CALL FOR ARCHIVE MATERIAL

Like many venerable art societies, the RMS was proud of its historical archives; however, during World War II their London headquarters were bombed resulting in the loss of these records.

For some years the organisation has been trying to gather together a complete run of the Society's annual exhibition catalogues but we still need the following years: 1914-1920, 1922-1924, 1927, 1940-1943, 1945, 1948 and 1950.

The Society would be delighted to hear from anybody who has copies of these missing catalogues - even photocopies would be adequate for archive purposes.

If anybody can help please contact the RMS Archivist, Anthony Lester - lesterartcritic@gmail.com
Elizabeth Meek MBE
Congratulations to Elizabeth Meek MBE HPRMS who was awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts in the 2014 New Years Honours list.