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.
Sackler Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Zimmer Stewart Gallery
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
The Mall, London, SW1
Open 10am-5pm daily, free entry
|25 June||Deadline for online entries, by 5pm|
|4 July||Results of initial entry emailed to artists by this date|
|13 & 14 July||Shortlisted artists submit works to FBA. 13 July 10am - 4pm & 14 July 10am - 5pm|
|18 July||Results of second round judging emailed to artists by 5pm on this date|
|20 & 21 July||Unaccepted short listed works available for collection at FBA, 10am-5pm|
|18 - 23 September||Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 10am-5pm|
|17 November - 29 December 2018||Tour to Guildford House Gallery, Guildford|
|12 January - 20 March 2019||Tour 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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