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In response to increasing concerns around the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of artists, visitors, staff and the wider community, we have made the decision to postpone both the Derwent Art Prize exhibitions in London and in Paris. We have launched a virtual gallery so all the amazing artworks selected for the shortlist are still displayed. We have also decided to increase the People’s Choice Award to include an additional winner, now totaling 2 winners with a share of £1,000 prize money.



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. 

Derwent, internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the fifth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open online in the form of a virtual gallery!

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.

This year we received over 4500 entries from 72 different countries. From this 70 works were selected for display. The exhibition was due to be held at [email protected] in central London and then in a gallery in 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris, France. Due to the coronavirus outbreak the physical exhibitions have been postponed and we have moved to a virtual gallery online. The physical exhibition dates are to be confirmed.

The winners of the First Prize, Second Prize, Young Artist First Prize and Young Artist Second Prize were announced on 22 April 2020. Head to the Derwent Art Prize Facebook page to see who won and to vote for the People’s Choice Award.  You can also vote for your favourite by emailing [email protected]. This year we have added an additional People’s Choice Award so there will now be two winners who will receive £500 each. Voting for the People’s Choice Award closes on the 1st May 2020 at 12 noon BST and the People’s Choice winners will be announced on 12 May 2020. Support your favourite now!


You can now access the virtual exhibition here and vote for your choice for the People’s Choice Award here.

The exhibitions at [email protected] in central London from 22 April to 3 May and in France from 12 – 16 May at 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris have unfortunately been postponed. We hope these exhibitions will go ahead as soon as possible but until then we hope you enjoy the virtual exhibition. 


A total prize fund of £13,000 will be awarded. Prizes are as follows:

  • First Prize  £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products**
  • Second Prize  £2,000
  • Young Artist First Prize (For artists under 25 years) £4,000 *
  • Young Artist Second Prize (For artists under 25 years) £2,000
  • UPDATE: the People’s Choice Award will now go to two artists who will both receive £500 each!

In addition, we are delighted to announce that all the First and Second prize winners will receive a special box of Derwent Lightfast Pencils. The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions.

*We will be announcing additional special awards for the Young Artist winner shortly.

** Up to a monthly value of £50 (including postage)


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

Charles Avery


Victoria Pomery OBE

Director Turner Contemporary

Alice Rawsthorn

Author of Design as an Attitude (Photography: Michael Leckie)



Artists are 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. 2MB file size)
  • A non-refundable application fee

Following the selection process, all artists will be notified by 2 March 2020.  Artists who have not heard by this date should contact Parker Harris, organisers of The Derwent Art Prize at [email protected], call + 44 (0) 20 3653 0896 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.


GENERAL ADMISSION: The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for each additional work. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images.

YOUNG ARTIST CONCESSION: Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work.

Price and currency will vary depending on country.

Please note that if you decide not to upload any works or fail to complete your application before the deadline refunds will not be given.


Monday 17 February 2020 (5pm GMT)Deadline for entry
Monday 2 March 2020 Artists notified of selectors' decision
Thursday 9 April 2020Virtual exhibition opens
Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 6pm BSTFirst Prize, Second Prize, Young Artist First Prize and Young Artist Second Prize announced online
Friday 1 May 2020 at 12 noon BSTVoting for the People's Choice Award closes
Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 6pm BST Announcement of People's Choice Award winners
TBCExhibition opens to public at the [email protected] in London
TBCExhibition open in 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris, France

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