International Watercolor Festival- UAE

International Watercolor Festival- UAE

Open call to all watercolour artists in the UAE and around the world


1. Happiness, as it is the year of giving, it would be most appropriate to have that as the theme.
2.UAE – Reference Photos of UAE will be add to this page
Entry Date

1st September – 30th September 2017

Guideline of the Contest

– Artists should be at least 18 years of age to join.

– Every artist can submit only one painting, there are no size restrictions.

– The digital file must be high resolution and neatly cropped.

– The artwork should be photographed professionally on a white background, clean edges without a border or frame

– No extra attachments (eg. frames, borders, etc.) on either the digital or real painting.

– Entries with attachments (eg. frames, borders, etc.) will not be considered.

– All artwork should be original works not copies of other’s work or copied from photos.

– Spec for digital submission: JPEG files of 300 dpi resolution.

– File size should not be larger than 3.5 Mb.

– Email your submissions to under the subject “IWS UAE Submission”

– Include the following information when submitting:

• Artist’s full name

• Artwork title

• Artwork dimensions

• Description of artwork

• Artist’s country of origin

• Artist’s age

• Artist’s email

* Price of artwork

Name the image with Name of Artist,Country,title ,size,price

– All digital entries need to be submitted before 30th September.
The entries can be collectively submitted by the Country heads.
– Selected original artwork submissions sent to Cartoon Art Gallery, street 4B Al Quoz 1, PO box 3929,Dubai, UAE.Ph -009714366467 /563293278

– Each piece should be no less than 90% watercolour on paper. Other water media (Gouache, Tempera, fluid acrylic must be 10% maximum)

– No digital media, prints or reproduction will be accepted.

– If at any stage the participants are found to be violating the rules, the organizer has all the right to bar his/her basic entry to the event.

The jurors are well known international and local artists chosen and invited by the event’s management team.


The jurors will choose:

– The 1st, 2nd and 3rd International winners

– The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Resident winners

– One Emirati winner

– UAE segment winner


– US $40 UAE Resident Artist

– US $80 International
The participation of Country heads is free on submitting 7 or more entries.

Important Dates

1. Digital submissions:

1st – 30th September 2017

2. Announcement of selected artwork:

5 October 2017

3. Fee collection:

1st – 30th October 2017

4. Selected original artwork submissions to Cartoon Art Gallery:

30th October – 30th November 2017

5. Date of festival:

22nd February – 25th February 2018

6. The award ceremony:

25th February 2018

7. Painting tour:

26th February-2nd March 2018