RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition


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The Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Competition encourages innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a platform for both established and emerging artists.  This is the UK's only major watercolour competition open to international artists.


The judges are looking for pieces that push at the boundaries of watercolour, promote water-based media at its most accomplished and ask audiences to see the medium in a new and contemporary light.  Entering this competition is an ideal way of introducing your work to both the public and the Membership prior to the annual RWS Elections in late March.  Successful entries will exhibit their work at Bankside Gallery, situated next to Tate Modern, which is at the heart of London's cultural quarter.


For further details regarding entry requirements, application procedure and important dates, please download the application pack.  Most other questions should be answered in our FAQs. 


DEADLINE: Monday 18th January 2016, 12 noon.




Richard Selby (Redfern Gallery)

Sam Cornish (Arts Writer)

Thomas Plunkett (President of the RWS)

Wendy Jacob (RWS Member)

John Crossley (RWS Associate Member)