The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolourThis is my annual post in which I...
- summarise the process
- provide some tips for those thinking of entering this prestigious watercolour competition; and
- include links to all the blog posts I've written in previous years about the exhibition, who won prizes and who got selected - and their websites!
|"Reveal" by Deborah Walker RI|
OVERVIEW: Call for Entries
This post tells you about:
- who can enter
- what you can enter
- how to enter
- the time table
- the prizes
- the judges
- the exhibition
Here is a summary of the KEY POINTS
- The deadline for submissions 5pm, 13th June 2016.
- Entry for the 2015 competition is digital and ONLINE.
- Your digital file for submission needs to be 300 dpi with a file size of 500kb or less
- This is the official website. Plus these are the rules
- The top prize is £10,000 and the second prize is also good (£6,000)
- Those who like painting cityscapes compete for a special prize worth £1,500
- You'll find out on 21 June 2016, via email, whether or not you have been selected for the final judging in front of the selection panel.
I RECOMMEND that:
- You review the images from past exhibitions (see blog posts reviewing past SWC exhibitions at the end of this post)
- you review the Facebook Page for the competition - which demonstrates the diversity of ways in which watercolour can be used
- Have a go and enter two works
- The cost relative to the achievement and the experience is negligible
Who can enter
- The competition is open to all artists born or currently resident in the UK.
- There are no age limits for artists wishing to enter.
What you can enter
|The Selfie-Conscious by Juliet Benini|
- any water-based media
- this includes acrylic, inks and gouache (note it does NOT state that watersoluble oil paint is acceptable!)
Artists should note that whilst any water-based mediums are acceptable, this competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the genre of watercolour painting.and
The judges will therefore be looking for work that makes the most imaginative or otherwise impressive use of a water based medium in this respect.In other words this is called a "watercolour" competition - NOT a "water-based medium competition".
- This competition is very popular with the public and they are expecting to see a lot of proper watercolour paintings - demonstrating what it is possible to do when using watercolour paint.
- In other words exactly what I have lamented as being missing from another prominent competition.
I'd expect the final selection to include other water-based media - however I would also expect that it will be exceptional and other media will not dominate traditional watercolour paint. However that's just my take on it.