Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition



Inspired by Deepdene - The Deepdene Trail's Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project invited artists in 2017 to submit water colour paintings based on or inspired by the Deepdene Trail situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Almost 200 years ago, Thomas Hope's grand Deepdene estate in Dorking, Surrey, inspired a series of beautiful historic watercolours. For our competition we were looking for contemporary responses in watercolour that represent Surrey's countryside today.


Exhibition of art

5th February - 3rd March 2018, Bourneside Gallery, 1 North Street, Dorking, RH4 1DN


The winners of the Deepdene Trail Prize (£250 cash) and Surrey Arts Prize (membership of Surrey Arts and a space in the Surrey Arts Open Studios 2019) will be announced on 4th February 2018.


These winners will lead the exhibition of nine shortlisted artworks alongside some modern photographic views of Deepdene at the Bourneside Gallery, 1 North Street, Dorking (


Shortlisted Artists (in alphabetical order): Alan Brown, Tiffany Budd, Ken Dodge, Glennis Edey, Marian Foss, Jenny Harris, William Hill, Martin Neve, Hugh Walker.


The exhibition will be open to the public from 5th February to 3rd March. The Gallery is open:


All the works will be for sale.


The winning paintings on display were judged by our panel including local artist Sherree Valentine-Daines, Chairman of Arts Alive Mary Huggins, and representatives for Surrey Arts, Karl Newman and Caitlin Heffernan.


This competition was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Surrey Arts and Mole Valley Arts Alive festival.