Now in its 30th 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 diverse and generous range of prizes including a First Prize of £10,000, the Jackson’s Young Artist Award worth £500 and the St Cuthberts Mill Prize for an outstanding work on paper.

Approximately one hundred works, which reflect the true breadth of the medium, will be selected by a panel of leading figures from the art world. The 2017 judging panel includes Sarah Long, Director of Long and Ryle Gallery; Kathryn Maple, artist and 2016 First Prize Winner; Louis Wise, critic and writer for The Sunday Times and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain. The Winners will be announced in the Culture section of The Sunday Times.

The shortlisted works will be shown at the Mall Galleries, London from 18 – 24 September 2017, before going on tour to venues across the UK.

Chloe Le Tissier, ‘Quivering Woodland’, 2016 exhibitor

To enter The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017, please click here.