Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

Inspired by Deepdene - The Deepdene Trail's Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project invites artists to submit water colour paintings based on or inspired by the Deepdene Trail situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Inspired by the beautiful watercolours created in 1825 by William Bartlett recording Thomas Hope's grand Deepdene estate in Dorking, Surrey, we are looking for contemporary responses in watercolour that represent Surrey's countryside today. This competition is supported by Surrey Arts and Mole Valley Arts Alive festival.

Deepdene’s Chart Park by W. Bartlett 1825-6.© Lambeth Archives department

How to enter

Artists must be over 18 and residents of England, Wales and Scotland. In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim, please see the rules and guidelines.

Before entering, artists must read the

Rules & Guidelines (Click to download PDF)

Artists initially submit a digital photograph of their watercolour artwork along with a completed entry form and copy of your entry fee e-ticket via email to Artists can only submit one work. If shortlisted, artists will be invited to bring their works to Mole Valley District Council's offices at Pippbrook for final judging for exhibition at the Bourneside Gallery, Dorking. Please see the Entry Process below for details.

Entry Form

Download an entry form (PDF)

Download entry form (word doc)

Entry e-ticket

Entry is £5 per work - only one work per artist.

Purchase an entry e-ticket online at Dorking Halls Box Office.

Deadline for entry: Sunday 31st December 2017, by 5pm (GMT).

Entry Process

Digital submission of works via email to with a completed entry form and valid entry e-ticket will be accepted until Sunday 31st December, by 5pm (GMT)..

The panel of judges will review all entries from the digital submission process and shortlist the top 20 entries. Artists will be notified their decision by Friday 19th January 2018. Please note that notification of all results will be sent by email only.

These 20 artists will then be invited to deliver their actual works on Wednesday 31st January, 2018 from 10am to 5pm to Mole Valley District Council Offices (MVDC), Pippbrook, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SJ for the final judging. Only works shortlisted from the initial digital submission will be received for final judging. These works will only be accepted at the submission point with fully completed entry forms and labels, which will be emailed to artists following the initial judging.

Artists will be notified of the final decision by email and phone by Friday 2nd February.


Deepdene Trail Prize - £250 for overall winner as selected by judging panel. Provided by Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project.

Surrey Arts Prize - 1 year membership of Surrey Arts Open Studios (£45) and an Open Studios space in 2019 (£75). For best Surrey Artist in final exhibition as selected by judging panel members. Prize provided by Surrey Arts.

A final selection of at least 10 works from the shortlist of 20 will be exhibited at the Bourneside Gallery, 1, North Street, Dorking, Surrey for 1 month. All artworks in this final exhibition will be for sale with the gallery taking a 10% commission on any works sold.

The 20 shortlisted works will go on an online gallery at for one month from opening of exhibition.


Approximately 10-20 works will be exhibited at the Bourneside Gallery.

5th February - 2nd March 2018

Bourneside Gallery,

1 North Street, Dorking, Surrey

Open Monday 12 - 4pm, Wednesday to Friday 10.30 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5pm, Tuesday & Sunday CLOSED

Judging Panel

The judges will be looking for work that demonstrates the very best in contemporary responses in watercolour that feature or is inspired by the Deepdene Trail or wider Surrey Hills today. The judges' decision will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The 2018 judges will include:

Sheree Valentine Daines, Patron of Arts Alive

Karl Newman, Surrey Arts Programme Manager.

Mary Huggins, Mole Valley Arts Alive Chairman.

Caitlin Heffernan, Surrey Visual Arts Officer and artist.

Key Dates

 Sunday 31st December 2017       Deadline for digital entries, by 5pm (GMT)
 Friday 19th January 2018 Results of initial judging emailed to artists by this date
 Wednesday 31st January 2018 Shortlisted artists submit works to MVDC offices 10am-5pm
 Friday 2nd February 2018 Results of final round judging emailed and phoned to artists by this date
 Sunday 4th February Private View and Prize Giving, winners announced on websites and social media
 Monday 5th February 2018 Unaccepted works available for collection at the MVDC, 10am-5pm
 Tuesday 6th February 2018 Winners announced via Press Release
 5th February - 3rd March 2018 Exhibition at Bourneside Gallery, 1 North Street, Dorking and online at