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 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 will be on display at the prestigious Mall Galleries in central London between 22 April to 4 May. 



A total prize fund of £12,500 were awarded at the Private View at Mall Galleries, London in 2019.  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

Charles Avery


Victoria Pomery OBE

Director Turner Contemporary


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 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 additional works. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images.

ARTISTS UNDER 25 YEARS OF AGE: Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work.

Price and currency will vary depending on country.


Monday 17 February 2020 (5pm GMT)Deadline for entry
Monday 2 March 2020 Artists notified of selectors' decision
6 - 17 April 2020Delivery of work (to Art Moves of Chelsea)
Friday 17 April 2020Delivery of work (in person to Art Moves of Chelsea, 10am-5pm GMT)
22 April - 4 May 2020Exhibition opens to public at the Mall Galleries in London
12 - 17 May 2020Exhibition open in Paris

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