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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2010

NOW IN its 23rd year, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest watercolour competition in the UK, and is one of the only prizes to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the undervalued medium of watercolour. Artists are now invited to submit works for this year’s competition.

The competition celebrates all works produced in water-based mediums, whether they are abstract, figurative or landscape.

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition offers one of the highest valued prizes in the United Kingdom by awarding a total of £20,000 to artists who demonstrate a high level of skill and creativity.

Prizes include: 1st Prize (£10,000), 2nd Prize (£6,000), the RI Turner Watercolour Award for Young Artists (totalling £2,000), the Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize (£1,500), and the Penguin Classics Commissioning Prize for Cover Art (£500 and a commission to create the cover art for a Penguin classic).

The 2010 judges will be Penny Johnson CBE, Director, Government Art Collection; Lucy Jones, Artist; Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures; Dr Kim Sloan, Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum; and Frank Whitford, Critic and Writer, Sunday Times.

Artists can submit up to four works at regional venues throughout the UK in June and July. The deadline for entries is in London on July 2 and 3, 2010. Entry is £15 per work.

An exhibition of approximately 100 works will be held at the Mall Galleries from November 2 to November 7, 2010.

Application forms are available at or by sending a SAE to: The Watercolour Competition, Parker Harris, PO Box 279, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8YZ.