THE ROYAL WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY
The Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) was founded in 1804 and is the oldest and most prestigious watercolour society in the world. Past Members include Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, E.R. Hughes, William Hunt, Henry Moore and John Singer Sargent.
The RWS is an artist-led society made up of an elected Membership who are amongst the finest practitioners in contemporary water-based painting. Our artists work in a variety of media including gouache, acrylic, pen & ink, pigment, collage, mixed media as well as traditional watercolour. The aim of the Society is to promote, by example and education, the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of these exciting media.
From our home at Bankside Gallery, situated on the vibrant south bank next door to Tate Modern, we hold regular exhibitions showcasing the best in water-based media. The Society also hosts talks, watercolour courses, family art events, open competition and art demonstrations.
The Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours is a registered charity in England and Wales No. 258348
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