Watercolour Society Queensland holds various exhibitions throughout the year. Keep checking below for our upcoming events. In particular the much talked about the annual exhibition.

Save the Date for 2023 Exhibition: 8th September to 10th September 2023. 7th September opening from 6pm-8pm.

Watercolour Society of Queensland Annual Art Exhibition 2023 Winners

Traditional Watercolour Category 

First Prize- Wooroolin Wetlands by Tony Walker

Second Prize- Maria by Penelope Gilbert

Third Prize- Getting the balance right- Jefferey Service

Highly Commended- Lighthouse at Holyhead by Eva Hekel

Encouragement– The Dance Continues by Juana Bernardo

Judges Highly Commended 1– Flinders Ranges by Phil Cawthan

Judges Highly Commended 2– Protea’s Embrace by Paquita Fadden

Special Mention by Judges– Moreton Island Sandhill by Graham W Smith

Watercolour, Waterbased, Mixed Media Category

First Prize– The Forest Floor No 1 by Wyn Vogel

Second Prize– Three Monkeys Tree House by Tony Walker

Third Prize– The Wave by Marion Hughes

Highly Commended– Reflections by Lisa Pullen

Encouragement– Waiting by Maria Field

Watercolour Society of Queensland Annual Art Exhibition 2023

Documents for 2023 Annual Art Exhibition:

Download the file Conditions of Entry

Download the file Entry form

Eligibility to enter your Artwork in the Annual Exhibition 2023:

  • You must be a current financial member of the Watercolour Society of Qld.
  • The artwork must be your own original unaided work – no copies or workshop work.
  • Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously have won a prize in any competition.
  •  Artists may enter ten works in total (5 framed, 3 unframed and 2 miniatures) and no more than ten works in the combination of the unframed and miniature categories. The number of framed entries, is capped at 5.
  • All works must be for sale.
  • A 25% commission on all sales(framed, unframed and miniature) is payable to the Watercolour Society.
  • A 10% commission for all sales of the cards is payable to the Watercolour Society.

Winners of the Watercolour Society Annual Exhibition 2022

Traditional Watercolor:

First Prize Traditional Watercolor: Jefferey Services for his painting ”Maud & Celil have moved to another house”

Second Prize Traditional Watercolor: Eva Hekel for her painting ”Dawn Lagoon”

Third Prize Traditional Watercolor: Susan House for her painting ”Shades of Phalaenopis ”

Water-based mixed media

First Prize Water-based mixed media: Tony Walker for his painting ”Road near Boonah”

Second Prize Water-based mixed media: Neville Logan for his painting ”Lighthouse”

Third Prize Water-based mixed media: Wynn Vogel for her painting ”Where Curlews call #2”

There were a lot of good quality paintings hence the Judges gave Highly Commendable recognitions to the following Artists:

Highly Commendable recognitions

Tradition Watercolour: Tony Walker for ”Arcadia from Wallaroo” ; Yuko Sherry for ”Just Thinking”

Water-based: Ferie Sadeghi for ”Annie Goodwin”; Juana Bernardo ”Whisper of Spring”

Amateur/ Novice

First Prize Margrette Derbieshire ‘Flowering Palm”

Second Prize Watercolour: Margrette Derbieshire “Stockman”

Third Prize Janet Morgridge “Garry Mc Donald”

Special Mention

Traditional Watercolour: Barbara Lawrence “Importance of clothes pegs”

Waterbased: Anne Roberts ”Depths of Autumn”

Amateur Margrette Derbieshire “Orchids”

Judges Encouragement Award

Pauline Good for “Ancient Land” ; Samaneh Mohtadi for “Falling Water” ; Eleanore Hausler for “Penny G”

People’s Choice Award

Maria Field ” Ballerinas” ; Julie Brims ” Falling Water”

Thank you Judges

Jan Lawnikanis and James McKay

Thank you Sponsors

Winsor & Newton


Frame Warehouse


Arthouse Northside

Artis Pura

RGB Digital Lab

Senior Arts

Tread Softly

Thank you to All Volunteers who helped out for the exhibition

Annual Exhibition 2022

Annual Exhibition 2022 will be held on 23rd September to 25th September 2022

The opening night is on Thursday 22nd, 2022 from 6pm -9pm

Register your RSVP for the opening night Here:

Annual Art Exhibition 2022

For Members

Download the Entry Form Here

Download the Guidelines for Framing Here

Past Exhibitions:





First Prize Traditional Watercolor: Penelope Gilbert

Second Prize Traditional Watercolor: Susan House

Third Prize Traditional Watercolor: Graham W Smith

First Prize Water-based mixed media: Maria Fields

Second Prize Water-based mixed media: Natasha Hodgson

Third Prize Water-based mixed media: Naz Masoudi

There were a lot of good quality paintings hence the Judges gave Highly Commendable recognitions to the following Artists:

Julie Brims

Libby Derham

Paquita Fadden

Maria Field

Eleanore Hausler

Natasha Hodgson

Lynn Kennedy

Nev Logan

Jenny Loveday

Samaneh Mohtadi

Anne Marie O’ Brien

Leonie Seabrooke

Jennifer White

Thank you to the Judges:

Jan Lawnikanis

James McKay

Thank you to all volunteers who worked towards the success of the exhibition

First Name:Last Name:
Iris & JohnSpittle
Suzi Wells

Thank you to the Sponsors for sponsoring the Prizes:

Winsor and Newton



Arthouse Northside

Thank you to all the committee members who made the exhibition a success:

President: Amrita Deshpande

Vice President: Julie Brims

Secretary: Joann Lim

Treasurer: Leonie Seabrooke

Exhibition Convenor: Helen Caldwell

Watercolour Society Queensland

RSVP to attend the Exhibition CLICK HERE

Annual Exhibition 2021

From Thursday, September 9th, 2021 to Sunday, September12th, 2021

Click here to know the details and submit your entry.

RSVP: https://watercoloursocietyqld.com.au/rsvp-annual-exhibition-2021/

Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition/Annual Sale 2020

The Annual Watercolour Society Queensland Exhibition for 2020 was a successful event with more than 200 paintings exhibited in the show. It was held between the 4th – 10th of November 2020 at the Coro hotel which turned out to be a great venue for the exhibition.

Despite the restrictions of COVID which were followed diligently, we had a lot of visitors who not only encourage and appreciated the Artist’s paintings but also bought them and raved about it on social media. We were glad to connect the artists to the buyer.

Details of the 2020 Exhibition:

Submissions are now closed. However, to give you an idea of the exhibition entry details and submission go to the Annual Art Sale Page

Before submission, we ask our members to make sure that they have read the Conditions of entry for paintings:



Annual Watercolour Society Queensland Exhibition 2019 Prize Winners

Well, what fierce competition this year. The standards were of very high quality. Therefore it was a challenging task for the judges. Such originality and diversity. With this in mind, it’s clear that anyone willing to enter a competition of this magnitude is a winner.

First of all, let’s get to the prize winners of the evening.

Prize Winners

1ST Traditional: John Spittle The Gift

1ST Mixed Media: Eve Heckle Mangrove in Moreton Bay

2ND Traditional: Anne Roberts Peaceful

2ND Mixed Media: Tony Walker South Bank from the Emporium

3RD Traditional: Anne Marie O’Brien Kings Canyon

3RD Mixed Media: Caroline Slack Abstract

Highly Commended

Traditional: Caroline Slack Sunday Afternoon

Mixed Media: Lisa Pullen Still life Serenade

Special Mention

Traditional: Di Taylor Cactus

Mixed Media: Lyn Kennedy Back Streets Porto

Recognized Highly Commended

Jean Giarola Burst of Spring – Brookfield Road

Lina Rimland Camellias

Anne Roberts Well camouflaged

Pauline Good The cutting 15 mile Road

Eve Heckel Strandbrooke

Bruce Griffiths Arcadia Spacial

Kevin Smith The Bedroom

Samaneh Mohtadi Strong though Subtle

Encouragement Award

Guinevere McBride.

Criteria for Judging

As we mentioned previously with such high standards and professionalism, clear rules had to be in place for judges. The prize winners were ultimately chosen by following the below criteria.

  • Creativity imagination
  • Technical innovation
  • Use of materials
  • Observation – look outwards in terms of painting.
  • Materials – technique
  • Resolution – overall finish and impact of the work.

Giving Thanks

Apart from just acknowledging our winners, we want to give thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped put the exhibition together.

The exhibition was at the Auditorium, Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens, therefore, the Watercolour Society Queensland acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.

Importantly, let’s congratulate our members who took the time and effort to enter work. Without them, there would be no exhibition of this quality and magnitude.

Not only … but also the following list that supports the society, its members, and given generously to our vision.

Meet our Sponsors

Jasco (Winsor & Newton – Lindsay McMahon

Oxlades – Pam Grabb

Frame Warehouse, Ashgrove – Brooke Ovenden

Artagraph Picture Framing, Milton – Colin Gordon

Faber-Castell – Sue McVay Arthouse,

Arthouse Northside – Anne and Kevin Buckle

Artis Pura, Annerley – Erin Salguero

Following on from the sponsors, our energetic Committee Members:

Jenny Loveday – President

Julie Brims – Vice President

Marilyn Revell – Secretary

Mary Neylan – Treasurer

Next, are the Judges:

Richard Blundell

Ruby Eaves

Dennis Corry

Apart from the Judging, we also had workshops on the side.

Mini-Workshop and Plein Air Tutors

Additional thankyous to the very talented mini-workshop and Plein air tutors. It is the first year we have conducted sessions during the exhibition. As a result, they were exceptionally well received and successful. 

Kevin Smith conducted a talk and demonstration, explaining materials and an understanding to watercolour for beginners.  

Maria Field provided a mini floral workshop. With the focus on ink pens, wet in wet, dry in wet and dry in damp. Also, how to control your paint to obtain the edges that you require.

Carla Hananiah is an artist and tutor with Winsor and Newton. To emphasis the use of colour to depict vast stretches of mountain and sky. 

Jocelyn Girle and Phil Cawthan conducted their workshop on painting in the botanic gardens. Ideally, to leave the four walls of the art room.


The exhibition featured historical displays set up by Chris Osborn. Coupled with displays of student works by St Laurence’s College and feature artist Paul Margoscy.

And finally, the long list of volunteers:

Barbara Peacock, Caroline Slack, Anne Maree O’Brien, Phil Cawthan, Pauline Good, Judy Reese Thomas, Helen Beaver, John Spittle, Iris Spittle, Suzi Wells, Diane Murphy, Leonie Seabrook, Parvaneh Shayegh, Peta Harvey, Inge Scott, Robert Stott, James McKay, Bahar Shahrestanaki, Samaneh Motardi, Di Taylor, Anne Roberts, Amrita Despande, Maria Field, Anna Christie, Penelope Gilbert-Ng, Karen Runge, John Evans, Pauline Good, Cynthia Stewart + husband, Szczepan Urbanowicz, Nev Logan, Gwen Smith, Lorraine Devonshire.