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, are selected for exhibition by a panel of leading figures from the art world.
Entry is by an online entry process. Artists may enter up to 4 works. Entry is £15 per work.
Rules & Guidelines:
The competition is open to all artists born or resident in the UK, creating paintings using any water based medium.
Works entered should have been carried out in the last three years; be the sole and original work of the entrant; and be an original composition.
The maximum size of work, in its largest dimension, including frame, is 122 cm.
All works shortlisted and submitted for final judging, must be securely framed and behind glass. Metal, plastic or clip frames will not be allowed.
Works must be available for the duration of the London exhibition and tour.
The 2017 competition is now open for entries. To enter, please click here.
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