Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

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

Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project invited artists in 2017 to submit water colour paintings based on or inspired by the Deepdene Trail situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Almost 200 years ago, Thomas Hope's grand Deepdene estate in Dorking, Surrey, inspired a series of beautiful historic watercolours. For our competition we were looking for contemporary responses in watercolour that represent Surrey's countryside today.

Exhibition of art

5th February - 3rd March 2018, Bourneside Gallery, 1 North Street, Dorking, RH4 1DN

Alan Brown, winner of the Deepdene Trail Prize (£250 cash), and Hugh Walker, winner of the Surrey Arts Prize (membership of Surrey Arts and a space in the Surrey Arts Open Studios 2019) lead the exhibition of nine shortlisted artworks alongside some modern photographic views of Deepdene at the Bourneside Gallery, 1 North Street, Dorking (

Winner of the Deepdene Trail Prize: Alan Brown

Winner of the Surrey Arts Prize: Hugh Walker

Shortlisted Artists (in alphabetical order): Tiffany Budd, Ken Dodge, Glennis Edey, Marian Foss, Jenny Harris, William Hill, Martin Neve.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 5th February to 3rd March. The Gallery is open:

Monday 12-4pm

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday to Friday, 10.30am to 4pm

Saturday 10am to 5pm


All the works will be for sale.

The winning paintings on display were judged by our panel including local artist Sherree Valentine-Daines, Chairman of Arts Alive Mary Huggins, and representatives for Surrey Arts, Karl Newman and Caitlin Heffernan.

This competition was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Surrey Arts and Mole Valley Arts Alive festival.

View our online Gallery here››

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

How to enter - ENTRY NOW CLOSED

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)


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