Aviation Paintings of the Year Exhibition

Summary Guidance for Exhibitors

1. The Guild aims to put on the best possible exhibition with the widest field of interest, selected from the works submitted.

2. All works submitted are regarded on merit alone and have an equal chance of selection. What we want to see is an imaginative, original, exciting, atmospheric composition, competently executed.

3. Slavish copying of published or well-known photographs, or of someone else's work, will result in rejection.

4. All work must be original and not previously selected for the Exhibition. Prints are not accepted. Limited editions are not acceptable, with the exception of bronze sculptures.


5. The selection panel is made up of five Full members who vote independently on each work.

6. Remember that it is very important to present and display your work to the best possible advantage - not only to the Selection Panel, but to judges and potential purchasers.

7. All paintings must be fitted with mirror plates, centred each side, before submission. Existing 'D' rings and cords affixed to frames may be left in place; these and the mirror plates must be covered to protect other works. Packing may be required on canvases so that mirror plates rest flat against the wall.

8. Each submission must be accompanied by the relevant paperwork and fees. Forms can be collected at the AGM, regional events or by postal application to the Guild office.

9. All wrapping must be removed from the works submitted -  none can be left in the gallery.

10. This is an Open exhibition, available to anyone to submit work; however, different rates of fees and commission apply to various categories of membership. Consider becoming a Friend.

11. Volunteers are key to a successful exhibition so please put yourself down to help. We need people at Submission Day, Hanging Day, during the exhibition and on Dismantling Day.

12. Exhibitors are responsible for their own publicity; however, any press coverage should be forwarded to the Annual organiser for inclusion on the 'Press board' displayed in the Galleries.


These guidelines must be read alongside all the other more detailed information, including submission and hanging fees, which is available to download.

Click here to download 'Aviation Paintings of the Year' Information for Exhibitors
Click here to download 'Aviation Paintings of the Year' 2019 diary dates

Entry schedules, labels for the back of paintings and label for selection panel are available at the AGM, from Regional Organisers at sketching days or the Guild Office. To obtain from the office please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or write to the office.

There are a large number of trophies and awards presented each year to recognise outstanding work in numerous categories. Click here for details.

*Exhibition image courtesy of John Goodman