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To enter our 2018 The Artist and Leisure Painter Open Art Competition in partnership with Patchings Art Centre, please click here and add either three or six entries in your category of choice to your basket: Leisure Painter category is for amateur and hobby painters and The Artist category is for more experienced painters up to professional artists.

Following payment you will receive a confirmation of your order. You will also receive an email within the next hour with details of how to access our competition upload site. The email will contain a unique link to your competition registration.

After confirming your email address, you will be provided with a unique access code. You will be able to manage your entry immediately but if you wish to come back later you will need your unique code, which will allow you back into the site to upload your entries. Please ensure you make a note of your code.

You can add or amend your entries at any point until you have confirmed your entry by pressing the submit entries button, after which you will no longer be able to make any changes. Please note that you need to confirm your entry by the closing date of 12 noon on April 13, 2018, for your work to be eligible for judging.

Click here for full terms & conditions, here to find out what you could win and here for FAQs.


See below for details of this year's Art Club of the Year competition.

To enter the 2018 Art Club of the Year competition, you will first need to register your club or society. Once you have created a club account you will be able to enter the competition - scroll to the bottom of the page for details and to enter.

Having uploaded your five club entries, the payment of £20 will be automatically added to your basket. Please ensure that the payment is made as your entry will not be validated until payment has been taken.

See below for our latest art-based competitions

The Artist and Leisure Painter sketchbook challenge competitions

Question-based competitions

Below are the current competitions run by Painters-Online. To enter, simply click on any of the ‘enter now’ buttons and answer the simple multi-choice questions.

If you are already a member you need to log-in to enter. If you've not yet registered, you will need to do so, but once registered entering future competitions will be much easier and quicker. Register now

Winners of recent POL multi-choice competitions are:

Signed copies of Eddie Armer's Life Drawing books from Search Press - Christine Viasge of France, Judith Rodgers of Leicestershire, Geof Staniford of Cheshire, Robert Vant of Yorkshire, Tessa Gwynne of Gloucestershire and Veronica Ridson of Devon


Multi-choice competitions

  • Win one of six sets of Melanie Cambridge Artist Brushes for Watercolour and Gouache

    Closing date: 16 May 2018

    What you could win:

    Leisure Painter, The Artist and PaintersOnline have teamed up with Melanie Cambridge, offering you the chance to win one of six sets of her Artist Brushes, ideal for watercolour and gouache, in a zip-up carry case worth £35 per set (rrp).

    Enter now

  • Win One of Six Places on a Painting Masterclass in London with Tim Wright, worth over £525 per person

    Closing date: 09 Apr 2018

    What you could win:

    Leisure Painter, The Artist and PaintersOnline have teamed up with Sapienza Travel offering you the chance to win one of six places on a painting masterclass with artist Tim Wright at his studio in Clerkenwell, London, from 18 - 22 May, 2018.

    Enter now

  • Win a Residential Painting Break in North Norfolk, worth £500, with Big Sky Art Courses

    Closing date: 22 Mar 2018

    What you could win:

    PaintersOnline, Leisure Painter and The Artist, have teamed up with Big Sky Art Courses to offer you the chance to win a place on one of their fantastic new residential painting breaks in North Norfolk, in a prize package worth £500.

    Low Tide, Wells-Next-The-Sea, watercolour by Jem Bowden

    Enter now

Current painting competitions

  • Art Club of the Year 2018

    Closing date: 08 Sep 2018

    What you could win:

    We are delighted to announce exclusive sponsorship by Jackson’s Art Supplies

    • FIRST PRIZE £500 worth of Jackson’s art materials vouchers, a sponsored demonstration at the selected club venue by a professional art tutor and a profile about the club published in our magazines, online at PaintersOnline and through our social media channels

    • TWO RUNNERS UP £250 worth of Jackson’s art materials vouchers for each club

    • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD £100 worth of Jackson’s art materials vouchers for the club with the most public votes

    Enter now

    View entries

  • Leisure Painter Sketchbook Challenge 2018 - April

    Closing date: 14 May 2018

    What you could win:

    Leisure Painter and PaintersOnline Sketchbook Challenge Competition in association with Jakar International LTD, with challenges set by David Bellamy.

    Leisure Painter, PaintersOnline and artist/explorer, David Bellamy invite you to participate in our sketchbook challenge.

    In each issue of Leisure Painter over the next six months, David will set you a drawing project to complete in your journal/sketchbook and offer practical advice on how to tackle it. Upload a scan of your best page each month and David and Leisure Painter editor, Ingrid Lyon, will select the month’s winner.

    Whether you want to go out and about to sketch on-site or stay at home and work from your own reference material and memories, we are looking forward to seeing your work.

    Leisure Painter will publish all the winning artwork at the end of this year – and you can see all the entries as they are uploaded on PaintersOnline each month.

    The prizes

    Sponsored by Jakar International Ltd


    Each month we will send the winning artist a Caran d’Ache sketching pack worth £50(rrp), comprising 12 water-soluble coloured pencils and a book to illustrate and four graphite pencils with sharpener.

    Enter now

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  • The Artist Summer Sketching Competition 2018 - April Challenge

    Closing date: 14 May 2018

    What you could win:

    The Artist and PaintersOnline Summer Sketching Competition 2018 in association with GreatArt, with projects set by Adebanji Alade

    'Welcome to the first of a series of six monthly sketching challenges that I’ll be setting for you to take on! I’m addicted to sketching and believe that constant sketching will boost your confidence in drawing and painting and make your journey as an artist an enjoyable one,' says Adebanji.

    'So get ready! This is a great spur for those who love a challenge and need a small incentive to get going. I hope that by the end of this series you will all have improved your sketching skills. Simply get a sketchbook and your most comfortable sketching medium and give it a go! Don’t think about it, just do it!'

    Each month’s winner will receive £50 worth of art materials vouchers to spend at, through the GreatArt catalogue or at GreatArt’s shop at Kingsland Road, London E2

    Enter now

    View entries