The Derwent Art Prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal by British and International artists. 

The 2018 exhibition is open at The Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria from 15 November 2018 – 31 January 2019. Share your pictures of the show by tagging @derwentpencils on Instagram and Twitter, and @derwentartprize on Facebook. #DerwentArtPrize 



Derwent, internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the fourth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries.

The Derwent Art Prize was conceived in 2012 and aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by British and International artists.

From the submitted artworks, approximately eighty will be selected for display at the Mall Galleries in central London. Alongside the chosen artworks being hung in a public display, prizes totalling over £12,500 will be awarded in an awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.

Since the Derwent Art Prize began, the competition has attracted more than 7000 entries from over 67 countries worldwide.

Derwent are excited to see both domestic and international entries for this Derwent Art Prize.


Selected works was on display at the prestigious Mall Galleries in central London in September 2018, then at Trowbridge Arts in Wiltshire from October and is now on show at the Pencil Museum in Cumbria until 31 January 2019.



A total prize fund of £12,500 were awarded at the Private View at Mall Galleries, London in 2018.  Prizes are as follows:

  • First Prize  £6,000
  • Second Prize  £3,000
  • Third Prize £1,500
  • People’s Choice Award – Exhibition £750
  • Young Artist Award – For artists under 25 years £750
  • Coloured Pencil Award for Excellence – £500


This year’s entries were judged by a distinguished panel of selectors comprising an artist, a critic and a curator

Gill Saunders

Senior Curator of Prints at the V&A Museum

Gill Saunders is Senior Curator of Prints at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in the Word & Image Department (WID), which is responsible for the Museum’s collections of prints, drawings, paintings, photographs, designs, digital art, books and archives, including eight of the V&A’s eighteen national collections. Gill specialises in 20th century and contemporary prints and drawings and her publications include Prints Now (2006); Walls are Talking (2010); Recording Britain (2011); In Black and White: prints from Africa and the Diaspora (2013) and Vintage Travel Posters: Journeys to the Sea (2018). Gill teaches, lectures and broadcasts regularly.

Chris Sharratt

Arts writer and Editor

Chris Sharratt is a freelance arts writer and editor based in Glasgow. A contributor to Frieze and Art & Education, he is also editor of the a-n News website. With over 20 years of journalistic experience, he has written for a variety of publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, New Statesman, The Face and Manchester Evening News. Formerly executive arts editor at Metro and editor of City Life, from 2012-14 he was a producer for Sync, a progressive technology programme for the arts in Scotland.

Clare Woods


Clare Woods is a painter who is essentially concerned with sculpting an image in paint, and expressing the strangeness of an object. Originally trained as a sculptor, much of Woods’ work is an exploration of physical form. This understanding of sculptural language and a preoccupation with forms in space, translated into two-dimensional images, underpins her pictorial practice. Since 2011 her images have been increasingly preoccupied with conveying the human form. Clare holds a BA in Fine Art from Bath College of Art and an MA from Goldsmith’s College, London. Her recent shows include; Lady Midnight at Pallant House Gallery; The Drama Triangle, Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Victim of Geography at Dundee Contemporary Arts. She is currently exhibiting Reality Dimmed at Mead Gallery, Warwick; History in the Making, Alan Cristea Gallery, London and Rehumanising at Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong.


Artists were invited to submit up to 6 images. The selectors are aware that some work may not lend itself to reproduction and wish to reassure artists that there may be opportunities to view actual works.

Artists can enter online. If artists are unable to enter online please contact [email protected] for further details.

Artists are required to submit the following:

  • The completed online entry form
  • Images of up to 6 recent works, in digital format (jpg, max. 1MB file size)
  • A non-refundable application fee

Following the selection process, all artists will be notified by 4th June 2018.  Artists who have not heard by this date should contact Parker Harris, organisers of The Derwent Art Prize at [email protected], call + 44 (0) 1372 462190 or check the website for further details.

From the open submission applications the panel will select approximately 80 works for exhibition. The artists selected for the final exhibition will be contacted by Parker Harris with full delivery details for their work.


The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for additional works. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images.
Price and currency will vary depending on country.


Tuesday 8th May 2018 (5pm GMT)Deadline for entry
Monday 4th June 2018Artists notified of selectors' decision
28th August - 13th September 2018Delivery of work (to Art Moves of Chelsea)
Thursday 13th September 2018Delivery of work (in person to Art Moves of Chelsea, 10am-5pm GMT)
18th - 23rd September 2018Exhibition opens to public at the Mall Galleries in London
October - January 2019Exhibition tour to Trowbridge Arts, Wiltshire and Pencil Museum, Cumbria

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