From over 2000 works submitted the finest 100 watercolours by contemporary artists in the UK are about to go on show at the Bankside Gallery, London 10-21 September 2008.
The award, now in its 21st year, is the largest watercolour competition in the UK and is one of the only remaining prizes to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the frequently undervalued medium of watercolour. The RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is a celebration of the water-soluble medium, whether it is an abstract, figurative or landscape. All works are produced in the mediums of watercolour, acrylic and gouache on a paper support.
The RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition offers one of the highest valued prizes in the United Kingdom by awarding a total of £25,000 to artists who demonstrate a high level of skill and creativity. The popularity of the competition is testament to the importance of watercolour painting today.
The challenging nature of the medium has been pushed further and tested by the competition’s previous winners, Julia Farrer 2007. Won the competition with Bridge, which is a highly contemporary and abstract piece. It is a very exciting period for the competition and for the tradition of watercolour painting bringing it in to the contemporary arena.
“Twenty years old and going stronger, the exhibition is more varied and challenging than ever”.
Frank Whitford, The Sunday Times, Culture.
The judges this year:
Brian Allen, Director of Studies at Paul Mellon Institute
Anthony Green, RA
Penny Johnson, Director, Government Art Collection