Eleanor May Watson graduated in 2012 from Wimbledon College of Art with First Class Honours in Painting and has since completed the Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School. Eleanor lives and works in London and has exhibiting in London, New York, Miami and Amsterdam. She was shortlisted for The Young Masters Art Prize in 2014. In 2016/2017 Eleanor May Watson was awarded the biennial Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, which is one of the most prestigious art competitions in the Country. This award, open to emerging painters gives recipients a bursary of £18,000, plus a studio at Banks Mill, a contribution to the cost of materials, a nine month period of support and mentoring, including a access to the University of Derby’s College of Arts and a final exhibition at Derby Museums. Watson's resultant body of work, inspired by the theme of the Award a ‘Sense of Place’, responds to the people, landscape and heritage of Derbyshire. Her exhibition, Dear Reader, took place at Derby Museums and Gallery, 15th September - 9th November 2017.