Call for Entries 2018

Chris Baker, ‘Portmeirion’, shortlisted 2017

Rewarding excellence and originality in contemporary watercolour painting

 Deadline: 25 June 2018, 5pm
Enter online:

Now in its 31st year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.

Open to all UK-based artists, the competition offers a generous range of prizes including a First Prize of £6000, Second Prize of £3000 and Third Prize of £1000.

Approximately one hundred works will be selected by a panel of leading figures from the art world including Louis Wise, critic and writer for The Sunday Times.

The shortlisted works will be shown at the Mall Galleries, London from 17 – 23 September 2018 and the Winners will be announced in the Culture section of The Sunday Times.

Artists are invited to submit up to four works in any water-based medium by 25 June 2018, 5pm. Entry is £15 per work. Apply online at:

For further details please contact Parker Harris: T. 020 3653 0896; E.

For press enquiries, please contact Iona Rowland: T. 020 3653 0896; E.

Keep up to date with the latest competition news @WatercolourComp (Twitter) and @SundayTimesWatercolour (Facebook). Join the conversation: #STWC18

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