Best of British painting competition

To celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, we invite all artists to paint anything you feel represents something positive about HM The Queen’s incredible 70-year reign.

This could be scenes from her coronation or other key events throughout her life, street or garden parties, celebratory food, a portrait, corgis, horses, castles, Scotland – the only limit is your own imagination!

Enter your celebratory artworks in any media for the chance to see your work published in our magazines and our website, and win art prizes from Clairefontaine, Frazer-Price and Ken Bromley worth over £450!

H.M. The Queen by Edward Halliday

An enlargement of part of a painting commissioned by The Cunard Steam-Ship Co., LTD. which in June 1953 was hanging in the lounge of s.s. Caronia

Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth

2nd June, 1953

The editor and staff of The Artist convey to Her Majesty their loyal greetings at this Coronation time and add the wish that her reign may be long, happy and glorious. This fine portrait is one of the best painted of Her Majesty and is, we feel, a fitting illustration to this our humble tribute at the beginning of a reign which will bring new glory to our country.

Editor's welcome The Artist, June 1953


Our top two lucky winners will receive:


1. A variety of papers from Clairefontaine worth over £100 to include:
  • Paint'ON pads in denim blue and grey green
  • An A5 Competence Aqua set including two Aqua Brushes
  • An A4 Paint'On recycled pad
  • A Bloc of Pastelmat
  • Goldline Aqua medium fine grain Initiation watercolour postcard pad

Since its establishment in 1858, Clairefontaine has had a rich tradition of producing premium paper products and is one of the few manufacturers across the world to still use their own paper mills, which are located at four sites across Europe, including Étival-Clairefontaine, based in France.

2. A Frazer-Price Brass Watercolour Box worth £100

Designed for painting in the studio or en plein air by artist Tony Frazer-Price, this watercolour box can be held comfortably in one hand, allowing artists to paint in the manner of a traditional palette, leaving the other free to paint. Inside it features white enamelled mixing trays, with one that opens out to allow the box to be used as a palette.

3. A Perfect Paper Stretcher from Ken Bromley worth up to £56

Stretch your cartridge, pastel or water colour paper (up to 140lb) and dry it 'tight-as-a-drum' in minutes and it will not cockle or pull away no matter how wet the wash.

4. The chance to see their work published in The Artist and Leisure Painter

The Artist has been providing committed painters, both experienced amateurs and professionals, with art projects and practical painting and drawing exercises since 1931.

Leisure Painter is the number one learn-to-paint magazine featuring practical painting and drawing features from top art tutors.

The two winning artists and up to ten runners-up will see their work published in both of these highly-regarded publications.


We have created a step-by-step guide on how to enter our image-based competitions which can be found by clicking here, should you need it.

Closing date: 17/08/2022

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