The RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2013 has issued its Call for Entries and the details are summarised below.
This post summarises the details of who can enter what and how which can be found in the 8 page application pack!
A post later this week will also indicate how people can apply for membership of the RWS
|RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 - Exhibition|
Bankside Gallery, London (home of the RWS)
(you can see more images in RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 Review )
The definition of the aim of the competition has changed since last year. This year there is more emphasis on practising artists and international entries.
The RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in water-based mediums and seeks practising artists at the forefront of watercolour painting. Any artist (providing they are not a member of the RWS) working with water-based media can apply. We welcome international applicationsNote in particular that although the RWS is very flexible about the nature of the watercolour media that can be used in artwork submitted to the exhibition, it is insistent that:
- all works must be on paper. This year they are explicit that impasto acrylic works are not eligible
- all works must initially be submitted online using a digital image and an online form.
- artists submitting work will need access to an email address to be able to enter - but it can, with their permission, be one belonging to a family member or friend!
Prizes will include Art materials, Purchase prizes, Cash awards from the RWS from £500 to £1000 and the opportunity to exhibit in the Royal Watercolour Society’s Spring and Autumn Exhibitions during 2013.
Who can enter the competition?
The RWS's guide proceeds straight to "how to enter' without starting with "who can enter". I prefer to start with "who" as it avoids wasting people's time!
However the covering letter indicates that this is a truly OPEN art competition.
Any artist (providing they are not a member of the RWS) working with water-based media can apply. We welcome international applications, but applicants must be aware that if their work is chosen for exhibition they will need to arrange a courier, as works will not be accepted by post.Thus it is OPEN to:
- people who are NOT members of the Royal Watercolour Society - as indicated in the letter
- people who do NOT live or work in the UK - as indicated in the letter
- artists of any age (not indicated - but no limit indicated either)
What to submit
Details are available in the Application Pack - which can be downloaded from the website
- All paintings in water-based media on paper are eligible, including acrylic (but NOT impasto), gouache, watercolour and pen and ink. (note the emphasis "on paper")
- There is no restriction on style or subject matter.
- The works should have been painted within four years of submission
- Paintings must not exceed 100cm x 100cm when framed.
- A maximum of three works may be submitted at a cost of £14 per piece.
- All work must be for sale.
- The works must be the original work of the artist and copyright must be vested in the named artist. [I recommend that any artist who is unclear about the meaning of "original work" and copyright see Art competitions and copyright - the AWS Gold Medal debate 08.09.08. and AWS gold medal controversy - the final word 17.08.10]
- All work must be for sale
- Call for Entries: RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 15 Dec 2011
- RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 - Selected artists & artwork 06 Feb 2012
- RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 Review 28 Feb 2012
- 2010: Exhibition review: RWS Open Competition
- 2009: Exhibition review: "21st Century Watercolour" at the Bankside Gallery
- 2008: 21st century watercolour - RWS 2008 painting competition
- 2007: 21st Century Watercolours at Bankside Gallery
|RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2012 - Exhibition|
How to enter
Produce a digital image of the artwork
- Advice is given in the instructions on how to create a digital photograph eg
- works should NOT be photographed through glass
- crop the work to remove all background which is not the artwork
- If the work is small you can of course scan it
- Crop the image to the edge of the painting
- Poor quality and uncropped images will NOT be considered for the exhibition
- RWS advice about how to resize your image to comply with the guideline requirements is MISSING. I'm wondering whether the RSW realises what it's asking when it states Image files should NOT exceed 1MB and the resolution needs to be 300 dpi.
- 300 dpi is the resolution required for print images NOT images viewed on a screen
- images intended for high resolution printing always have a large file size - way in excess of 1MB
[UPDATE: The Application Pack has now been amended and reads as follows ie there is no requirement as to dpi. I've asked what is the preferred size.]
Image files must be jpgs and should not exceed 1MB.Submit the work digitally
- All entries are to be submitted digitally through the RWS website - see http://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/competitions.aspx (the digital upload facility is not yet present on the website as at the end of October)
- The website has not yet been updated to include access to:
- either the online form (There will be a page with the online form - and you will require an email address to proceed.)
- or the secure online payment service used for paying fees - however you will need to do this
- Full-time students of recognised art schools and Watercolour Artist Friends are entitled to free entry
- Follow the guide in detail re what you have to do to upload an entry
- The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 9th January 2013.
- Successful entrants will be notified on Friday 25th January 2013 via email and notification via the RWS website
The worst thing that can possibly happen is to have your work selected for the exhibition - and then rejected because of poor presentation - so do make sure you read the requirements in the application pack carefully
- All artwork must be properly framed, glazed and labelled (front and back). Requirements are for:
- professional quality frame (ie no metal, plastic or clip frames)
- a simple monochrome wood frame (black, white or natural) with a white or cream coloured mount.
- non-reflective or tinted glass is not permitted.
- Mirror plates should be fixed either side using screws
- Bubble wrap or tape around the mirror plates to prevent them damaging other work in transit or in the gallery
- Works exceeding 100cm x 100cm when framed will be rejected.
- All original framed paintings must be delivered to the Bankside Gallery on Sunday 17th 12 noon – 6pm or Monday 18th February between 11am - 7pm for hanging in the exhibition which opens on 22nd February 2013 (with a PV on the 21st)
- Regional collections prior to this date are also available - details are in the Application Guide
- Note artwork must NOT be posted - although couriered artwork is acceptable so long as it arrives on the designated dates.
I wish the RWS luck with the number of artists who will not carefully read the instructions about how to label the front of the work. There is a better and less frustrating way of labelling work so it can be identified from the front.
- SUBMIT: Wednesday 9th January Upload your digital submission to the RWS website before Midnight
- GET THE RESULT: Friday 25th January - Find out your result on the RWS website
- DELIVERY: Sunday 17th / Monday 18th February, 11am-6pm - Deliver selected work to Bankside Gallery - either direct or via regional collections at an earlier date or via courier if an international entry
- PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 21st February, 6-8pm
- COLLECT: Thursday 4th March, 1-7pm - Collect any unsold work at the end of the exhibition. (I will continue to reiterate that this is very anti-social for people who don't live in London and who work normal working hours! It's also bound to be a deterrent for those submitting work from the Regions who will incur additional costs to retrieve their work from Art Moves of Chelsea.)
The 2013 judges are:
- Andrew Kalman, Director of Crane Kalman Gallery
- Huon Mallalieu Hon RWS, Art Market Correspondent for Country Life
- Leonard McComb RA RWS Hon RP RE Artist He won the 2nd prize in the second prize Singer and Friedlander / Sunday Times watercolour competition in 1993 and 1994 and The Turner Medal for Watercolour in 2007
- Paul Newland RWS, Vice President and Honorary Curator
- Alison Smith, Lead Curator, British Art to 1900 at Tate Britain - she curated the recent "Watercolour' exhibition at the Tate
A list of selected paintings will be published on the RWS website on Friday 27th January 2012. Successful entrants will receive an email:
- notifying them that their work has been selected for exhibition
- requirements in respect of framing and delivery to the gallery
The RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2013 Exhibition will take place at the Bankside Gallery between 22nd February and 3rd March 2013.
|The Bankside Gallery|
48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH
The gallery is very easy to access via Blackfriars Station / Tube Station or St Paul's Tube Station. Walk south of St Pauls, across the Millennium Bridge over the Thames and then past Tate Modern and the Bankside is immediately on the left after the Tate