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The Royal Watercolour Society exists to exhibit, encourage and promote the craft of watercolour in its many different guises. 

Whilst painting in watercolour has been described as a “truly English Art” There is a fine tradition of painting in this medium in Wales going back to the late 18th Century. It is therefore surprising that it was not until 1959 that an Arts Society was formed to recognise and encourage the proud heritage of watercolour painting in Wales.


The Royal Watercolour The Society exists to exhibit, encourage and promote the craft of watercolour in its many different guises.


The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales was formed by six like-minded artists, living in and around Cardiff, to exhibit and promote this medium by holding regular exhibitions of their work throughout Wales. The first exhibition was held in 1959 at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Today the Society has around 40 members all professional artists living and working in Wales and entry to the Society is by election, and in this way the Society maintains high standards of work as well as attracting new talent to its ranks.


The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales exists to promote and showcase the art of watercolour, through the paintings of its members. RWSW aims to provide a forum for the continuing appreciation and development of the medium, along with some water based mixed media.


RWSW aims to hold at least 2 exhibitions a year, one national and one international, bringing together its members for exhibitions, art fairs, and social events. Through such events the Society will explore new ideas, genres and techniques, develop community within the society and educate the public with talks and demonstrations by its members.

In 2007 The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales was honoured when the Prince of Wales agreed to become its Patron having exhibited with us for some years. A further honour followed in 2013 when Her Majesty the Queen agreed that the name of the Watercolour Society of Wales be changed to the Royal Watercolour Society.

A booklet about the last 50 years of the  Royal Watercolour Society of Wales is available for £10 by contacting the Secretary using the contact form.


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