Now in its 31st year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious watercolour competition in the UK. Hugely popular with artists, gallery visitors and readers of The Sunday Times, the competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour.



Entry is through an online entry process.  Entry fee is £15 per work.  Artists may enter up to 4 works only.

The closing deadline for online submission is 5pm, 25 June 2018. The panel of judges will initially review entries through a digital submission process. Following this, a maximum of 250 shortlisted artists will then be invited to deliver their actual works on 13 July 2018, from 10 – 4pm and 14 July 2018, from 10 – 5pm, to the Federation of British Artists (FBA), 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD, for final judging.

Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging. These works will only be accepted at the submission point with fully completed entry forms and labels, which will be emailed to artists following the initial selection. Please note that notification of all results will be sent by email only.


The judges will be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water-based medium. The judges’ decision will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

Ishbel Myerscough


Paul Newland


Jennifer Scott

Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery

James Stewart

Zimmer Stewart Gallery

Louis Wise

Critic & Writer, The Sunday Times


The following prizes will be awarded during the exhibition. They will also be announced in The Sunday Times Magazine and on The Sunday Times website:

First Prize – £6,000
Second Prize – £3,000
Third Prize – £1,000

In addition, there will be a range of other prizes on offer to artists.


A maximum of 100 works will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London. All exhibitors will be invited to a Private View during the exhibition.

18 – 23 September 2018
Mall Galleries
The Mall, London, SW1
Open 10am-5pm daily, free entry


25 JuneDeadline for online entries, by 5pm
4 JulyResults of initial entry emailed to artists by this date
13 & 14 JulyShortlisted artists submit works to FBA. 13 July 10am - 4pm & 14 July 10am - 5pm
18 JulyResults of second round judging emailed to artists by 5pm on this date
20 & 21 JulyUnaccepted short listed works available for collection at FBA, 10am-5pm
18 - 23 SeptemberExhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 10am-5pm
17 November - 29 December 2018Tour to Guildford House Gallery, Guildford
12 January - 20 March 2019Tour to Willis Museum & Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke


The Sunday Times has been a loyal sponsor of this prestigious exhibition since its inception 30 years ago.


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