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 will however be launching a virtual gallery so all the amazing artworks selected for the shortlist will be still be 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 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 [email protected] in central London and then in a gallery in 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris, France. 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.

All artists entering the Derwent Art Prize 2020 will be eligible to a 15% discount on all Derwent products (shipping not included). This code will be sent to all applicants once the competition deadline has closed on 17 February 2020 and will be valid from 18 February to 31 March 2020.  Please refer to website ( for products and our Terms & Conditions and for delivery information.


Selected works will be on display at the [email protected] in central London between 22 April to 3 May. Following the London exhibition, the show will for the first time be on show in France from 12 – 16 May at 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris.


A total prize fund of £12,500 is awarded at the Private View at [email protected], London.  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
  • People’s Choice Award £500

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 will be 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
6 - 17 April 2020Delivery of work to Art Moves of Chelsea (posted parcels only)
Saturday 18 April 2020 11am - 2pm and Monday 20 April 12 noon - 4pmDelivery of work in person to Art Moves of Chelsea or delivery of work by courier
22 April - 3 May 2020Exhibition opens to public at the [email protected] in London
12 - 16 May 2020Exhibition open in 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris, France
Thursday 21 May 12-4pm and Saturday 23 May 12-3:30pmHandout of works from Art Moves of Chelsea, London

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