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Have You Entered The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition?

Get Your Brushes Ready for 2014’s Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

 sunday times peter quinn


The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition has returned for 2014.  Attracting professional and amateur painters, this is the largest most prestigious competition dedicated to watercolour painting.  Whether you do traditional, contemporary, figurative or landscape art, the competition rewards excellence and originality in the use of watercolour as a medium.  With cash prizes totalling £18,000 and the first prize being £10,000 this competition is simply mouth-watering!

What Will The Sunday Times Judges Be Looking For?

You are no doubt picturing the harbour scene, the idyllic country setting, a garden view from the kitchen window but it doesn’t all have to ooze watercolour challenge!  Watercolour painting has spread its wings a bit with artists now using the medium in different ways, on canvas, adding new mediums and creating different textures.

The subject matter used has become more varied as well.  Over the years the judges have seen an increase in contemporary abstract pieces and work that documents modern life with street scenes and burnt out cars as well as figurative pieces.  Of course there will always be a smattering of landscapes and flowers but when well executed why not?

Who can Enter The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition?

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is open to all artists, born and currently resident in the UK, creating work in all water-based mediums.  The work must not have been previously exhibited.  The artwork must have been created within the last 3 years.

Although acrylic, gouache and inks are acceptable, do keep in mind that the competition’s aim is to celebrate watercolour painting.  The judges will be looking for paintings that show original and inspired use of watercolour paint.


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David Firmstone, Vintage Classics Winner 2013

Who Sponsors The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition?

The competition is sponsored by The Sunday Times, Smith & Williamson, a financial advisory services provider and Vintage Classics, a publisher of classics.  There is a first prize of a whopping £10,000 and a second prize of £6,000.  Smith & Williamson also award a Cityscape prize of £1,500 while Vintage Classics award £500 commission to create the cover art for a Vintage Classic.

The Mall Gallery exhibition will show approximately 100 chosen works.  For the 6th year running Smith &Williamson will be funding a tour where a selection of works will be exhibited in their offices throughout the UK from September 2014 until January 2015.

Who Won The Sunday Times Competition Last Year?

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David Forster


David Forster, an Edinburgh based artist, won the 2013 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. The second prize was awarded to Glasgow artist Gordon McDowall.  Andrew Horrod scooped the Cityscape Prize and David Firmstone won the Vintage Classics Prize for cover art.


Sunday Times Andrew Horrod
Andrew Horrod

How Do I Enter The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition?

The deadline for The Sunday Times Competition is 2nd June 2014 at 5pm.


Remember you can stock up on your Watercolour Paints at Pullingers Art Shop.  We stock popular brands such as Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, da Vinci Kolinsky brushes, Arches and Saunders Waterford.  Why not use this as a chance to try the new limited edition professional watercolours by Winsor & Newton?

Send us your images, works in progress and let us know if you apply and especially if your work is accepted.

Good Luck!

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