Support the Society
The Royal Watercolour Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolour societies in the world, and has remained at the heart of Britain’s artistic life for 208 years. Today the RWS represents the very best in contemporary works on paper. As an independent charity the Society relies on the generosity of its supporters to maintain its artistic and charitable aims, continuing its programme of exhibitions, lectures and educational workshops and preserving the Society’s Archive for future generations.
Become a Patron
Patrons of the Royal Watercolour Society enjoy a host of privileges, including invitations to special exhibition previews and studio visits, offering unique opportunities to meet many of the artists who are RWS members. Your membership will help further the Society's aim to be the centre of excellence for works on paper, support the Society’s educational events, and ensure the preservation of the extensive RWS archive of watercolours, containing works by, among others, Samuel Palmer, Laura Knight and Edward Burne-Jones.
The Royal Watercolour Society would like to acknowledge the generous support of its Patrons and to thank them for their interest and enthusiasm for the Society.
Mrs Elizabeth Alston
Mrs Sarah Chenevix-Trench
Mr Nicholas Dummett
Mark Garthwaite Esq
Ian and Catherine Ferguson
To find out more about becoming a Patron please download the Patron Information opposite, or contact Bankside Gallery.
Join the Friends
The Bankside Gallery Friends scheme offers a range of benefits including Private View invitations, discounts on purchase of work by RWS Artists and reduced fees for talks and workshops. Join as a Watercolour Artist Friend and you will receive free entry to the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition. For more details of the Friends scheme please contact Bankside Gallery.
Legacies & Individual Gifts
The Royal Watercolour Society welcomes donations from individuals, however big or small. You may wish to leave a lasting legacy by remembering the Royal Watercolour Society in your will. Charitable bequests make a lasting and valued contribution, enabling the Society to continue its work promoting excellence in watercolour for years to come.
The Royal Watercolour Society would like to thank the individuals and Trusts listed below for their donation to the Society's Archive Fund. Their kind gift will help enable the digitalisation of the RWS Archive, making this important resource much more accessible.
Carol & John Wates
The Wates Foundation
Coutts' Charitable Trust
Mr. J. Hagiwara
The Royal Watercolour Society seeks sponsorship from businesses for its many exhibitions, private views and educational workshops. With an emailing list of over 6,000 active subscribers this is an excellent opportunity to market your business nationally to an informed readership. Our exhibitions can offer a unique backdrop for a corporate event. To discuss the opportunities for your business please contact the RWS Secretary at Bankside Gallery.