This annual competition aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a prestigious platform for both established and emerging artists. Successful entries are exhibited from 2 - 14 March 2018 at Bankside Gallery, located next to Tate Modern, in the heart of London's newest cultural quarter.


Submissions for the 2018 Contemporary Watercolour Competition are now closed.


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Works are selected by a distinguished panel of judges who work within the contemporary art world. They are seeking pieces which represent the most accomplished works in this field. This year's selection panel includes:


Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton, President AICAUK

Keir McGuinness, Art & Management Consultant

Jill Leman, President of the Royal Watercolour Society

Mark Raggett, Vice President of the Royal Watercolour Society

Angie Lewin RWS RE

David Hamilton ARWS