The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Launches 2020 Exhibition

Studio of Barbara Hepworth, St Ives by Daniel Greaney, 2020 selected artist

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 TheSunday Times, the art prize celebrates the beauty, originality and diversity of water-based painting.

This year, the shortlisted artworks and the winners were selected by a panel of leading figures from the art world: Louis Wise, art critic and Sunday Times writer, GillSaunders, Senior Curator at the V&A Museum, Tara McKinney Marinus, Visual Arts Exhibitions Manager at Hampshire Cultural Trust, as well as artists Ishbel Myerscough and Paul Newland NEAC RWS.

The 2020 Competition received over 1,600 entries from watercolourists around the world –their sheer number, variety and quality allowing the exhibition to showcase the most impressive use of water-based media today. “I couldn’t believe how many entries there were”, says Ishbel Myerscough, “So many beautiful works,it was extremely hard to whittle them down.”

Lost Connection by Lillias August, 2020 selected artist

86 watercolours from 79 artists spanning all styles and genres were eventually selected for the exhibition, which will be available to see at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, until 16 January 2021, then at the Mall Galleries, London,from 16 to 21 February 2021.  

The prize winners will be announced in November 2020 online and in the Sunday Times, Culture .

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