The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017 Shortlisted Artists Announced


Rewarding excellence and originality in contemporary watercolour painting

18 – 23 September, Mall Galleries, London

Now in its 30th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Whether it be through abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional, the competition aims to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour and water-based media.

Eighty-seven works have been selected from a total of 1057 submissions by a panel of leading figures from the art world.  The 2017 judging panel includes Sarah Long, Director of Long and Ryle Gallery; Kathryn Maple, artist and 2016 First Prize Winner; Louis Wise, critic and writer for The Sunday Times and Andrew Wilton, Visiting Research Fellow at Tate Britain.  The Winners will be announced in the Culture section of the Sunday Times on Sunday 27th August.

The seventy-eight shortlisted artists are as follows:


Alex MaczkowskiAlison BoultAnastasia Shimshilashvili
Anne McAulay EdmondAnnie WilliamsCamilla Dowse
Caroline KentCatherine DuckerChris Baker
Christopher GreenClaire SparkesDaphne Gradidge
David A Parfitt RIDavid BrayneDavid Greenwood
David ShuttletonDebbie AylesDelia Cardnell
Dennis Roxby BottDoug PattersonElizabeth McCarten
Emma HaworthEsme DollowFay Brown
Frank KielyGary GroucuttGeoff Butterworth
Gertie YoungGreg BeckerHannah Turner-Duffin
Hilary RosenHoward FlanaganIan Sidaway
Ingrid GreenfieldIrene LaffertyJanet Kenyon
Janis FryJohn HuntJosh Crowe
Judith LoganKaren BowersKate Evans
Leo DaveyLillias AugustLouise de la Hey
Mark ElsmoreMark FieldingMartin Leman
Martin SpanyolMax BoylaMichael Williams
Michelle CioccoloniPatrick ShartPaul Gadenne
Peter QuinnRachael GrimmRachel Ross
Rebecca HarperRichard FowlerRika Newcombe
Robbie WraithRobert McKenzieRobert Offord
Robin StoreyRoger AllenSally Lawson
Sarah Z WimperisSophie CharalambousStephanie Tuckwell
Stephen Earl RogersSuman KaurSylvia Alice Robertson
Teresa LawlerTom CaleyVarsha Bhatia
Victoria DaleVincent SpainZiling Wang



The shortlisted works will be shown at Mall Galleries, London from 18 – 23 September 2017 before touring to a number of venues across the UK.