Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Call for entries - 2009 RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The 2009 London submission dates for the prestigious and popular annual RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition have been announced
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition began in 1987 and was co-sponsored by Singer and Friedlander. Their chairman at the time, Tony Solomons, loved watercolours and built up a fine collection of the 19th and 20th century watercolours for the bank during their 20 year association with the competition. The Royal Watercolour Society is delighted to continue it’s co-sponsorship of this prestigious competition for the second year running.
This is one of the very few major prizes which celebrates watercolour - a medium which is often undervalued in the commercial contemporary art world.

The Selectors -
The judges will be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water based medium. The 2009 judges are:
Prizes - Prize money totals £22,500 as follows:
  • 1st Prize £12,000
  • 2nd Prize £7,000
  • Young Artist £1,500
  • Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize £1,500
  • Penguin Classics Prize for Cover Art £500
What can be submitted?
  • paintings in a water based medium on a paper based support
  • paintings by all artists born or resident in the UK (no age limit)
  • original and recent paintings - carried out in the last three years and not previously exhibited
  • work which is the sole and original work of the entrant - it must be an original composition and the artist must own the copyright
  • paintings including frames which do not exceed 122 x 122cm
  • up to 4 works
What is not allowed?
  • works on canvas
  • non-reflective glass, metal, plastic or clip frames
  • projections from the back of the work
Full details of how to enter including submission rules & dates for the 2009 competition are contained in the following downloads from the website of Parker Harris who administer the competition:
  • RWS Leaflet - this provides all the terms and conditions of entry and details of how to submit work in London or any of the Regional handing-in centres.
  • RWS Entry Form - to be completed and submitted alongside works being entered
  • RWS Label - required for all work submitted
This is the FAQS page in respect of all the competitions administered by Parker Harris.

What is the deadline for entries? Sunday 28 or Monday 29 June 2009 between 10am and 5pm in London. Deadlines for regional pick-up are earlier.

How should work be submitted? Fully completed entry forms plus entry fees of £15 per work plus (unwrapped) works of art should be submitted to
  • LONDON: St Mary Abbots Centre, Vicarage Gate, London W8 4HN on Sunday 28 or Monday 29 June 2009 between 10am and 5pm,
  • OR to the regional handing-in centres identified in the RWS leaflet (Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Kendal, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norwich, Southampton and Yorkshire)
How many will be accepted and shown? Approximately 100 works will be exhibited at Bankside Gallery from 9th - 20th September 2009.

Want to know more?

"David by the Window" by Jennifer McRae
winner of the RWS / Sunday Times Watercolour Prize (£15,000)

For those who are interested there was a fascinating article about watercolour and the competition in last Sunday's Sunday Times - check out 2009/RWS Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

You can also review my posts in 2008 about this competition:

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