Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

14 Sep 2015 – 19 Sep 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry


Mall Galleries

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 29, 53, 87, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176, 179, 453
  • Tube: Charing Cross (2 minutes walk), Piccadilly Circus (5 minutes walk), Embankment (5 minutes walk)
  • Rail: Charing Cross

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Now in its 28th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious showcase for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK.


Generously supported by Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group, this exhibition celebrates works produced in water-based media, whether abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional.

Over 1,200 works were presented this year for consideration by the panel comprising Sara Dudman, artist; Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures; Josh Spero, Editor, Spear’s Magazine; Art Critic, Tatler, and Author; Lucy Willis, artist; and Louis Wise, Critic and Writer, The Sunday Times.

The judging panel have selected 90 works by 80 artists to be displayed at the Mall Galleries, London from 14 - 19th September 2015. The London exhibition will be followed by The Smith & Williamson Tour to venues across the UK, including Castle Fine Art, Birmingham (10 - 18th October 2015) and Guildford House Gallery, Guildford (14 November 2015 - 2 January 2016).


The Prizes, which are a First Prize of £10,000, Second Prize of £6,000, and the Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize of £1,500 will be announced in the Sunday Times during August, and awarded at a private ceremony during the exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

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