The Royal Society Of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers was founded in 1896 by Alyn Williams.
Alyn was the first President – a position he occupied until 1898, and again from 1908 until 1941.
The Society’s Inaugural Exhibition – held in 1896 in the Modern Gallery – was the first to be devoted exclusively to contemporary Miniatures and was an immediate success.
King Edward VII granted the Royal Charter in 1905. In 1926 The RMS extended its welcome to other forms of Miniature Art. Recognition of this wider scope was officially confirmed when Sculptors And Gravers were added to its name by Royal Command of King George V.
The Society’s aims are to Esteem, Protect and Practice the Traditional 16th Century Art of Miniature Work, emphasizing the infinite patience needed for its fine techniques.
Patron: The Former Prince of Wales
President: Ray Winder
RMS Annual Exhibition 2023
This year’s Royal Miniature Society (RMS) Exhibition made its exciting debut at the Bankside Gallery, on the South Bank of the Thames, London, which ran from June 28th until July 8th, 2023.
A record number of visitors attended the Grand Opening and Award Ceremony. Philip Mould OBE gave a wonderful speech and congratulated the award winners – many of whom hadn’t exhibited with the RMS before.
With the success of the Innovation Award in 2021 and Young Artists Award (ages 18-30) in 2019, an additional award was launched in 2023 with a 16–17-year-old category. Our visitors expressed how wonderful the work is and how much at home the RMS seems to be in the new venue. The works on display were termed ‘inspiring’, ‘intriguing’, ‘LOVED IT! So unusual and unique’ and ‘wonderful surprises in each little frame’…
RMS Exhibition 2024
Dates: 26 June 2024 – 6 July 2024
Venue: Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, London
Online Entries Open: 16 January 2024 – 29 April 2024