What is a Miniature?

The definition of miniature art is not absolute, but can be explained as artwork within the framed size of 6x4.5" or 8" for sculpture and must be of exquisite, fine detail.

How many works may I enter?

For Non Members, up to 5 miniatures may be submitted. (a reduced entry fee applies for ages 18-30) 
see Online Submission form >

For Associate Members (ARMS) up to 6 miniatures may be submitted, plus, up to 4 larger works.

For Full Members (RMS) up to 8 miniatures may be submitted, plus, up to 4 larger works.

What type of work may I enter?

Works in any style, medium and on any material may be submitted, provided they are in keeping with miniature techniques. All work is subject to selection by the Selection Committee.

What is the maximum overall artwork size?

The maximum overall sizes for miniatures including painting, frame and mount if any, are:

Rectangles and Ovals: 4.5" x 6" (11.5 x 15cm)

Squares: 4.5" x 4.5" (11.5 x 11.5cm)

Round: 4.5" (11.5cm) diameter

Mounts: must not be wider than 3/4" (2cm) top and sides with 1" (2.5cm) at the bottom or 3/4" (2cm) all round.

Frames: should not be wider than 1" (2.5cm) nor deeper than 3/4" (2cm) and cannot be placed if they are very heavy.

Sculpture: should not exceed 8" (20cm) across the longest measurement and include the base.

Are there size limits on Portraits?

Heads which are the primary focus of the work must not be larger than 2". ‘Heads’ is interpreted as ‘heads with normal hairstyles’ and does not include hats, head-dresses or unusual built-up hairstyles; for Animals, ‘heads’ includes ears. The final decision will be at the complete discretion of the Council.

Should I include devices for hanging?

  • Triangle hangers
  • Triangle hangers

Yes, please attach a hanging device to your frame. 

Hangings such as a D ring or triangular ring should be fixed to the frame, top centre and must be able to fold back flat behind the frame or O ring fixed to the backing board. These can be obtained from a good framer or Polymers Plus/Hobby Craft/Hardware store. NO screw eyes please. If a hanging loop is already part of the frame design e.g. brass oval frames with a hanging loop at the top of the frame, no additional D ring is required.

[Large works (Members only): No hanging devices are required on your large works, as mirror plates are screwed onto the backs of the frames. Please attach a luggage label to the back clearly stating your name, title and medium of work, this is so we can identify the works once they are up on the wall.]

How should I present my finished work?

Please pay attention to this section as bad presentation may prejudice acceptance.

Frames should be of good quality and hold the work, mounts and glass securely. Pay particular attention to the mounts, they must be clean, the inside bevel edge should not be badly cut or overcut at the corners. Sellotape or masking tape sealing of the back of the miniature is not acceptable, although brown gummed tape is acceptable. The glass must be clean, particularly inside. Non-reflective glass is not allowed.

Can I list any work as Not for Sale?

Only human or animal portraits may be submitted NFS ie. for exhibition only. 

Portrait artists benefiting from this exception must, however, send in one non-commissioned work (not necessarily a portrait) which must be for sale and must be of equal value and quality as the commissioned work. Prices for portraits not for sale, including the commission due to the Society on commissioned work (no VAT will be due on commission) should be entered on the schedule in brackets before NFS. They will appear, also in brackets, before NFS in the catalogue as a useful guide to clients who wish to place a commission. Artists wishing to take advantage of the NFS rule above should note that, if the work submitted for sale is inferior in quality to the work NFS, all of the submitted works may be rejected by the Selection Committee. Royal portraits are admissible only if they are bona fide commissions for which sittings have been granted, or historical, or by the Selection Committee’s special permission.

What is the minimum price should I place on my work?

All work must be for sale, except that entered under the N.F.S rule. Minimum prices are £350 for portraits, £190 for subject work and £190 for sculpture.

Should the price of my work include commission?

Yes, the price of works should include an allowance for the Royal Miniature Society commission of 45% (Non Member) or 40% Member (ARMS/RMS). If you are registered for VAT, then the VAT due on the selling price of the work should be included in the price.

Can I submit work if I am not resident in the UK?

Yes, we welcome artists to submit work to this miniature exhibition, even if you are not normally resident in the UK. 
If you live in the European Union (EU) without a UK residence and your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register an account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs.
Artists without a UK residence (known as ‘NETPs’ – non-established taxable persons) will find further details on ‘NETP’ status and how to register for VAT at www.hmrc.gov.uk (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Apr 2017), under the heading ‘Should I be registered for VAT’.  Please note, the registration process can take up to 4 weeks.  Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0300 200 3700 or, if your call is from outside the UK, +44 2920501 261.