The winner of the Jackson’s Young Artist Prize at the Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Competition will be selected by the President of the Royal Watercolour Society, Thomas Plunkett. Any artist under 30 years of age is eligible for the prize. We hope this prize will encourage students and recent graduates to enter the competition.
The judges are looking for pieces that push at the boundaries of watercolour, promote water-based media at its most accomplished and ask audiences to see the medium in a new and contemporary light. The Royal Watercolour Society say that entering this competition is an ideal way of introducing your work to both the public and the society’s membership prior to the annual membership elections in late March. Selected artwork will be included in a group exhibition at Bankside Gallery, situated next to Tate Modern on 4 – 16 March 2016.
This annual competition is open to all artists except Royal Watercolour Society members. This is the UK’s only major watercolour competition open to international artists. The Jackson’s Young Artist Prize is only one of the many prizes offered. Entries are submitted digitally via the website. There is a fee for each image submitted but full-time students at recognised art schools and Watercolour Artist Friends can email firstname.lastname@example.org for their free entry code. Check the Contemporary Watercolour Competition website for further details regarding entry requirements.
The deadline to submit your entry is Monday 18th January 2016, 12 noon. A list of paintings selected for the exhibition will be published on the Royal Watercolour Society’s website on Friday 29 January.
In addition to the prestige of winning the Jackson’s Young Artist Prize the artist will be profiled in an article on the Jackson’s Art Blog and will also receive £500 in Jackson’s Art vouchers to spend on the art materials they will need to continue in their career.