Now in its 32nd 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, 17 June 2019. 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 5 July 2019, from 10 – 5pm and 6 July 2018, from 10 – 4pm, 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 full panel will be announced shortly.

Barbara Nicholls


Louis Wise



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.

17 – 22 September 2019
Mall Galleries
The Mall, London, SW1
Open 10am-5pm daily, free entry

October – November 2019
Town Hall Arts
Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ

November – January 2019
Guildford House Gallery
155 High St
Guildford, GU1 3AJ


Monday 17 JuneDeadline for online entries, by 5pm
Friday 21 JuneResults of initial entry emailed to artists by this date
5 & 6 JulyShortlisted artists submit works to FBA. 5 July 10am - 5pm & 6 July 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10 JulyResults of second round judging emailed to artists by 5pm on this date
Saturday 13 JulyUnaccepted short listed works available for collection at FBA, 10am-5pm
17 - 22 SeptemberExhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 10am-5pm
October - November 2019Tour to Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge
November 2019 - January 2020Tour to Guildford House Gallery, Guildford


The Sunday Times has been a loyal sponsor of this prestigious exhibition since its inception 32 years ago.


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