Now in its 30th 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, 26 June 2017. 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 14 and 15 July 2017, 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. The 2017 judges include:

Fred Cuming RA Artist
Sarah Long Director, Long & Ryle Gallery
Kathryn Maple
Louis Wise 
Critic & Writer, The Sunday Times
Andrew Wilton Visiting Research Fellow, Tate Britain


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 – £10,000
Jackson’s Young Artist Award – £500 vouchers towards artist materials

In addition, St Cuthberts Mill will be awarding the St Cuthberts Mill Prize for an outstanding work on paper


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.

19 – 24 September 2017
Mall Galleries
The Mall, London, SW1
Open 10am-5pm daily, free entry


26 JuneDeadline for online entries, by 5pm
4 JulyResults of initial entry emailed to artists by this date
14 & 15 JulyShortlisted artists submit works to FBA
18 JulyResults of second round judging emailed to artists by this date
21 & 22 JulyUnaccepted short listed works available for collection at FBA, 10am-5pm
19 - 24 SeptemberExhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 10am-5pm
11 November - 23 DecemberTrowbridge Arts (Launch: Saturday 11th November 12-2pm)
13 January - 10 March 2018Guildford House Gallery


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


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