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The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017

13 January to 10 March.

Banner image for Sunday Times exhibition

Welcome the start of 2018 with a splash of colour as Guildford House Gallery proudly welcomes The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017 exhibition.

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition rewards excellence and originality in contemporary watercolour painting.

Now in its 30th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.

Eighty-seven works have been selected from a total of 1,057 submissions by a panel of leading figures from the art world.

The 2017 judging panel includes Sarah Long, Director of Long and Ryle Gallery; Kathryn Maple, artist and 2016 first prize winner; Louis Wise, critic and writer for The Sunday Times and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.

Portishead by Richard Fowler The first prize of £10,000, is this year awarded to Richard Fowler for Portishead (pictured right) a vibrant painting which is part of a wider series of work exploring the effects of natural forces on man-made structures.

Royal Drawing School graduate Elizabeth McCarten is the recipient of Jackson's Young Artist Award (worth £500) for her ethereal watercolour The Boboli Gardens (pictured below).

The St Cuthbert's Mill prize for an outstanding work on paper (worth £250) is awarded to Annie Williams for her watercolour Still Life with a Small Spanish Bowl (pictured at the top of the page).

Boboli Gardens by Elizabeth McCarten Guildford House is thrilled to be hosting the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition once again.