If you experience problems with the online entry process, including payments by Stripe, or if you have any questions about entering The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017 that can not be answered by reading the Rules & Guidelines, or by looking at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please contact the website administrators by email.
Yes, any water-based media is acceptable. Artists should note that whilst any water-based mediums are acceptable, this competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the genre of watercolour painting. The judges will therefore be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water based medium in this respect.
There is no minimum size limit, but the maximum size of work, in its largest dimension including frame, is 122cms.
No, only artists currently resident in the UK are eligible for entry.
Yes, the competition is open to all artists currently resident in the UK creating paintings using any water-based medium.
No, only works produced within the last 3 years are acceptable.
We are trying to encourage all applicants to enter online in order to reduce our paper usage and speed up the application process, however, if you are unable to process an application online, please contact Parker Harris for further details about postal entries. Click HERE to contact Parker Harris now.
Ideally all images should be 300dpi but with a maximum file size of 500KB. Only the following file formats are acceptable: JPEGs, TIFFs or PNGs. Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg. Whilst work titles may be too long to be used as image names, a section of your title would be adequate.
Check that each of your image files are 500kb or less and that they are the accepted file types (either JPG, TIFF, or PNG.) If you still encounter problems, please contact the website administrators by email.
Cash payments are not acceptable as we are trying to encourage all applicants to enter and pay online. However, if you are unable to process an application online, please contact Parker Harris for further details about postal entries.
Artists will be notified by email, by 4 July 2017, of the results of their application. Those artists who are invited to present their actual works for the final judging, will need to deliver their work to the Federation of Artists (FBA), 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on either Friday 14 or Saturday 15 July between 10am and 5pm. A list of approved carriers who can offer collection and delivery services, should you be selected to bring your works to London for the final judging, can be downloaded HERE.
Works accepted for exhibition will be retained and stored at the Mall Galleries until the exhibition in September 2017.
Following the final judging, works not accepted for exhibition will be available for collection from the FBA (rear of the Mall Galleries) on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 July 2017, from 10–5pm. After this date, uncollected works will be removed from the FBA and taken into storage by Art Moves of Chelsea. A storage charge of £12.00 per work per week (part or whole) will be incurred. You will need to contact Art Moves of Chelsea on 020 7352 7492 to make an appointment for collection. Any work not collected by 31 December 2017 will be disposed of.
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