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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

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Now in its 33rd year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Hugely popular with artists, gallery visitors, and readers of The Sunday Times, this art prize celebrates the beauty and diversity of water-based painting. For the first time, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is going international, and is now open to artists from the UK and around the world. With over £10,000 worth of prizes, a national touring exhibition, and exposure in The Sunday Times, this is an opportunity not to be missed for amateur and professional watercolourists.


All shortlisted artists will receive a set of Aquafine 24 Half Pans and get a chance to win the following prizes:

  • First Prize – £3,000 and £1,000 of Cass Art gift vouchers for art materials
  • Young Artist Prize – Exhibition opportunity at Cass Art and £500 
  • Second Prize – £1,000, plus a Maimeri Blu Set, worth £695, and Arches Watercolour Paper, worth £750
  • Third Prize – £500, plus a Maimer Blue Set, worth £150, and Aquafine Watercolour Paper, worth £500


Around 100 watercolours spanning all styles and genres will be selected for the exhibition, which will be on show at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, from October to January 2021, then at Mall Galleries, London, in January 2021. The shortlist and winners will also be announced in The Sunday Times Culture and on The Sunday Times website. 


Whether they are amateurs or professionals, abstract or figurative painters, contemporary or traditional in style, all artists are invited to enter online now. Creatives of all ages, locations and inspirations can submit up to four works in any water-based medium by Thursday 24 September 2020, 5pm


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