The 203rd exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours was opened on 24 March by journalist and water colourist Jon Snow. The 203rd exhibition is also the first with new President Andy Wood at the helm.

Andy has been a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours since 1981. After serving on Council for a number of years he was elected Honorary Secretary in 2009 and elected President of the RI in 2014.

Andy has designed and built the RI's website and has more recently encouraged the Institute to embrace social media such as Facebook and Twitter. He sees his role as being to keep the society in the present while always looking to the future.

The opening exhibition also included the Prize Giving. This year there were several new awards that have been generously donated by sponsors from home and abroad. These included a prize from the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial, China and a new award to encourage young artists given by the venerable London guild - The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers'.

The big winner at the Prize Giving was Deborah Walker RI who won three awards for her work 'Detail'. Deborah was awarded the Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award, The Escoda Barcelona Award and The Turner Medal, a medal in honour of Turner which is awarded to a member of the RI and RWS.


Detail - Deborah Walker RI

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Prizes & Awards


The Leathersellers' Award

Tim Patrick

Barren Room

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The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award

J Richard Plincke RI

Come Helen, Come Bring Me My Soul Again

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The Winsor & Newton / RI Award

Delia Cardnell RI

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The John Purcell Paper Prize

Filipe Miguel das Dores

Mario Night

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Schmincke Award

Varsha Bhatia

Entrance, Natural History Museum

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The Frank Herring Easel Award

Christopher Forsey RI

Puss in Souk

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Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize

Xi Guo


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Wicked Watercolours Award

Jan Munro


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Dry Red Press Award

Lisa Graa Jensen RI

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Call for Entries

The RI seeks the best contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting. The Call for Entries is currently open, submit your artwork before Friday 8 January.

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