Now in its 32nd 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, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.
95 works have been selected from a total of close to 1,000 submissions by a panel of leading figures from the art world. The 2019 judging panel includes Sophie Charalambous, Artist and 2018 First Prize winner; Simon Martin, Director, Pallant House Gallery; Barbara Nicholls, Artist; Helen Waters, Director, Alan Cristea Gallery, and Louis Wise, Writer and Art Critic.
This year sees the introduction of a new First Prize of £8,000, generously sponsored by independent financial advisers, London Wall Partners LLP. 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. The prizes will be awarded at a private view on 19 September, subsequent to which the winners will be announced in the Culture section of The Sunday Times.
The shortlisted works will be shown at 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).