The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019


Open to all UK-based artists, the Sunday Times watercolour competition is a celebration of watercolour and water-based media in all forms. Whether it be abstract, figurative, contemporary or traditional, our entries range across different age groups, locations, inspirations and styles making it the UK’s most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting.

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.

Each year the panel of judges represent experts in their field. The judges will be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water-based medium. The 2019 judges are: Sophie Charalambous, Artist and 2018 First Prize Winner; Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery; Barbara Nicholls, Artist; Helen Waters, Director, Alan Cristea Gallery; Louis Wise, Critic For The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times Watercolour competition offers a generous range of prizes as well as the selected work featured in a national touring exhibition.



  • The closing deadline for online submission is 5pm, 17 June 2019.

  • Entry is through an online entry process at sundaytimeswatercolour.artopps.co.uk

  • Entry fee is £15 per work.  Artists may enter up to 4 works only with a maximum size of 122cm.

  • 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.

The winners will be announced in the Culture section of The Sunday Times and the selected works will be shown at the Mall Galleries, London from 17 – 22 September 2019 before touring to Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge (5 October – 9 November 2019) and Guildford House Gallery, Surrey (16 November 2019 – 2 January 2020).

This year sees the introduction of a new First Prize of £8,000, generously sponsored by independent financial advisors, London Wall Partners. In addition to the £8,000 London Wall Partners Prize, a Second Prize of £3,000, a Third Prize of £1,000, and the Pegasus Young Artist Prize – awarded to an artist aged under 30 years – are also available.
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