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Guildford House Gallery proudly hosts The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017 free exhibition

This prestigious exhibition will finish its 2017 tour at our Guildford House Gallery from 13 January until 10 March this year, showcasing watercolour excellence at this historic venue for the fourth year running.

The largest national competition, now in its thirtieth year, is the most significant prize for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Entries include abstract, figurative, contemporary and traditional artwork and the contest is designed to celebrate and redefine the beauty and diversity of watercolour projects.

Watercolour Cllr Nikki Nelson-Smith, Lead member for Social Welfare, Heritage and the Arts, explains: "Hosting the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition on its final leg of the tour is a great honour for the borough and Guildford House Gallery. It is the fourth visit for this prestigious event, with free admission to enjoy the wonderful art on display. We couldn't think of a more perfect way to blend modern and traditional works within a deeply historical 17th century setting."

Eighty-seven works were selected for the exhibition by a panel of leading figures from the art world, from over a thousand submissions. The display at Guildford House includes seventy three of the stunning award winning pieces: The Boboli Gardens by Elizabeth McCarten (Jackson's Young Artist Award), Still Life with a Small Spanish Bowl by Annie Williams (St Cuthbert's Mill Prize for outstanding work on paper), and overall winner Richard Fowler, awarded First prize for his piece Portishead - a vibrant painting which is part of a wider series of work exploring the effects of natural forces on man-made structures.

Cllr Nelson-Smith adds: "Guildford is home to a creative and thriving arts scene, from varied local theatre performances, to exciting public art and the cultural opportunities of our proud heritage. We must continue to celebrate and showcase all types of art, and nurture the talent the borough has to offer, now and in the future."

For more information, please visit our Guildford House Gallery page or follow @Gfdheritage on Twitter.

Portishead by Richard Fowler Boboli Gardens by Elizabeth McCarten

(Pictured above left: Portishead by Richard Fowler; above right: The Boboli Gardens by Elizabeth McCarten; top of page: Still Life with a Small Spanish Bowl by Annie Williams) 

Published on Friday 12 January.