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The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest watercolour competition in the UK and aims to celebrate the beauty and diversity of watercolour artworks. This prestigious competition is open to all artists resident in the UK, they can submit up to 4 original works in a water-based medium. A panel of judges review the digital entries and then up to 250 shortlisted artists will send in their actual artworks for final judging.


There are a variety of prizes available to artists:

  • London Wall Partners Prize of £8,000
  • Second Prize of £3,000
  • Third Prize of £1,000
  • Pegasus Young Artist Prize of £500 (£250 plus £250 of art materials) for artists aged under 30

Key Dates

  • Submissions deadline: 17th June 2019
  • Shortlist announced: 25th June 2019
  • Winners announced: 25th August 2019
  • Exhibition starts: 17th September 2019

An exhibition of around 100 artworks will be held at Mall Galleries, London and then artworks will also be on tour for the rest of the year.

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We are proud to sponsor The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019 and also wrote a guest blog article 'What is it About Watercolour?' - a short, potted history of how the so called ‘paint cakes’ have grown to become the most popular medium of all.

“Watercolour is by far our best-selling product at Pegasus Art. What is it about this medium and why do people love it so much? In my search to answer this question, I ask a few of our worthy watercolourist customers for their view. The response is immediate and conclusive; it’s the transparency and beautiful pigments that really get people hooked. Watercolour is at its best when you allow it some freedom to do what it wants to do naturally, by contrast it’s at it’s very worst when forced to behave.”

Excerpt from blog article by Sarah Edmonds.


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