Derwent Art Prize

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Derwent Art Prize

Pick Up Your Pencils – The Derwent Art Prize Is Back!

The Derwent Art Prize Competition, for artwork created in pencil, returns for the second year running.  The Cumberland Pencil Company created the prize, offering a total of £12,650 in cash prizes for all artists worldwide.  If you are over 18 and work in pencil you can apply.

The artist that wins First Prize gets £6,000, Second Prize is £3,500 and Third Prize is £1000.  There are also other awards and prizes and a chance to exhibit at the Mall Galleries.

Approximately 80 entries will be chosen for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, located at The Mall, London SW1Y 5BD, UK.  Following this, a selection of artwork will be exhibited at The Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5NG, from the 1st of December 2014 – 9th January 2015.

It is so encouraging to see that drawing is becoming increasingly valued as a contemporary as well as traditional art medium.  This is a great opportunity for artitsts.  Each year the range of drawings created widens.

How Do I Enter The Derwent Art Prize?

You can submit artwork created within the last 3 years in graphite, charcoal, pastel, watersoluble or coloured pencil (no pen allowed).  It can be a 2D or a 3D piece.

The entry fee is £15 for the first art piece and £5 for any additional works.  Artists may only enter once with a maximum of 6 images.

Artwork must not exceed 182cms in the largest dimension, including the frame.  You will hear by the 11th July 2014 if you have been shortlisted and art pieces must be available from 1st September 2014 to 31st January 2015 for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition.

The deadline for entry is the 9th June 2014 at 12.00pm.

Go to to enter.  Good Luck and let us know if you are accepted to exhibit.

There is plenty of time to scoop up a prize so sharpen your pencils and start drawing.  If you need some new Drawing Supplies go to Pullingers Art Shop.

Who Are The Judges For This Years’ 2014 Derwent Art Prize?

This years’ selectors are Kate Macfarlane of the Drawing Room, the only public, non-profit gallery in the UK and Europe dedicated to the investigation and presentation of international contemporary drawing.  Josh Spero, the art critic for Tatler and Professor Anita Taylor, the Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art.

Derwent interviewed Josh Spero recently and asked him what he would be looking for in the 2014’s Derwent Art Prize.  Josh Spero replied, “I think my criteria are quite diverse and probably irreconcilable: I like works which are more conceptual or suggestive or fantastic, but then there is always wonder in a simple scene perfectly executed.” And added “I wish I could draw better, but then I should practise more.”

The selectors will be responsible for choosing the three main Derwent Art Prize winners. But you, the public, also have the chance to sit in the judging seat as it were and award your own prize by voting for your favourite art work.

This year there will be two People’s Choice Awards; one for a work selected for exhibition and one from all the images submitted to the Derwent Art Prize 2014.  Each prize will be awarded £700.  To vote, just register, visit the online gallery and click vote for up to six images and confirm.  Voting will be open from 28th July until 1st September 2014.

The UK Coloured Pencil Society will again be giving it’s award for excellence which last year went to Suhyang Seo.  The Derwent Art Prize will be introducing a new Young Artist Award this year for artists that are under 25 years old.  The winner will receive £500.

The Cumberland Pencil Company, established in 1832, has a long tradition of supplying and inspiring artists worldwide.  More recently they have acquired a reputation for innovation with the introduction of Graphitint, Tinted Charcoal, Inktense and Aquatone.

Who Won The 2013 Derwent Art Prize?

Last years’ winners were Chrys Allen (first prize) for ‘Walk in Progress: Koli’, a graphite drawing on a scroll.  Chrys works between studios in London and Koli, Finland.


Derwent Art Prize Winner Chrys Allen

 ‘Presented as a scroll, my drawing reveals itself at a natural pace akin to breathing or walking with no fixed view or final statement image, it involves a succession of experiences and observations marking shifts, changes and rhythmical forms.’  Chrys Allen, 2013


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Paul Hiles (pictured left) won second prize for his graphite drawing of London.  Yi Lin Juliana Ong (pictured right) won third prize for her graphite drawing entitled ‘Landscapes and Places’.


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