The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Call for Entries



Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the RI 210th Exhibition 2022.

The RI welcomes water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper-based support. The exhibition offers the opportunity to win prizes and awards, worth over £7,500, and have your work seen by thousands of visitors including buyers and collectors.


  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Water-soluble mediums including watercolour, acrylic, ink or gouache (excluding water-soluble oils) painted on paper or paper based support.
  • Works must have been completed within the last two years and should not have been previously shown in London.
  • Submission fee: £20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under). Maximum of six works submitted. Maximum of four works selected.
  • All paintings must be well presented, glazed and suitably framed (no metal or clips frames are permitted).
  • Works must not be larger than 2.4m high and 1.5m wide including the frame.
  • All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £350. The price of works must include 45%+VAT commission.
Prize summary: 
The exhibition offers several prizes and awards, worth over £7,500, including cash, product and publication prizes.
Prizes Details: 

There are many prizes and awards available to win, (subject to final confirmation) including:

  • The Winsor & Newton Award: £3,000
  • The Winsor & Newton Product Prize: £1,000 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials
  • The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old
  • The President’s Choice Award: An award of £750 for the most deserving work in the exhibition, donated by a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and judged by the President of the RI, Rosa Sepple
  • The Baohong Artists' Watercolour Paper Prizes: Two prizes of £250 each, awarded to a member and non-member for excellence
  • The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
  • The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range, with royalties from the sale of the cards going to the artist
  • The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting
  • The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
  • The James Fletcher-Watson RI Memorial Award: £500 for the best use of watercolour in the exhibition
  • The Richard Plincke RI Prize for Colour: An award of £250 for creative use of colour
  • The Schmincke Prize: A Horadam Aquarell Artists’ Watercolours set to an outstanding exhibitor.

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£20 per work (or £14 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
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Body Mind Art Experience (one-day workshop)



The Body Mind Art experience will provide an opportunity to relax through a moment of guided meditation and express your feelings with watercolor. 

This 1.5-hour meeting held via Zoom, is provided by ARTiClass by Agora Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea NY since 1984. 

This unique and professional workshop will enable you to find calmness and embody a sense of stillness from the very talented and experienced instructor, Carisa Bledsoe, while interacting & getting encouragement from other art lovers from all over the world! 

In addition to enjoying our professional standards and friendly easy-to-use website, our graduates can join our online community, be awarded with the gallery's representation benefits and may be elected for the 2021 ARTiClass competition.

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Sunday Times Watercolour Competition




Now in its 33rd year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Hugely popular with artists, gallery visitors, and readers of The Sunday Times, this art prize celebrates the beauty and diversity of water-based painting. For the first time, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is going international, and is now open to artists from the UK and around the world. With over £10,000 worth of prizes, a national touring exhibition, and exposure in The Sunday Times, this is an opportunity not to be missed for amateur and professional watercolourists.


Around 100 watercolours spanning all styles and genres will be selected for the exhibition, which will be on show at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, from October to January 2021, then at Mall Galleries, London, in January 2021. The shortlist and winners will also be announced in The Sunday Times Culture and on The Sunday Times website. 


Prize Summary: 
Show your watercolours on a national tour and win £10,000 in prizes
Prizes Details: 

All shortlisted artists will receive a set of Aquafine 24 Half Pans and get a chance to win the following prizes:

  • First Prize – £3,000 and £1,000 of Cass Art gift vouchers for art materials
  • Young Artist Prize – Exhibition opportunity at Cass Art and £500 
  • Second Prize – £1,000, plus a Maimeri Blu Set, worth £695, and Arches Watercolour Paper, worth £750
  • Third Prize – £500, plus a Maimer Blue Set, worth £150, and Aquafine Watercolour Paper, worth £500

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£15 per work
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