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The Derwent Art Prize is a global art competition and exhibition. Open to artists from around the world, the Prize rewards excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal. 

Derwent, the internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the sixth 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 artists from around the world.


The exhibition at [email protected] in central London will be from 24 February – 6 March 2022.

We are delighted to announce that a selection of the exhibition will be shown in Paris at 35 rue Debelleyme, 75003, Paris from the 8th to the 11th June 2022.


A total prize fund of £12,500 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
  • 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.  Our final judge will be announced shortly.

Katy Hessel

Curator, Writer and Art Historian

Paul Hobson

Modern Art Oxford

Charmaine Watkiss



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. 1MB file size)
  • A non-refundable application fee

Following the selection process, all artists will be notified by 17 January 2022.  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.


Tuesday 4 January 2022 (5pm GMT)Deadline for entry
Monday 17 January 2022 Artists notified of selectors' decision
Tuesday 1 February 2022Voting for the People's Choice Award opens
7 - 19 February 2022Delivery by post/courier to Art Moves of Chelsea
17 & 19 February 2022Delivery in person to Art Moves of Chelsea, 12 noon to 3pm
Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 6pm Private View and Announcement of winners
24 February - 6 March 2022Exhibition opens to public at the [email protected] in London
Sunday 6 March 2022, 6pm GMTVoting for the People's Choice Award closes
TBCCollection of unsold work from Art Moves of Chelsea
TBCAnnouncement of People's Choice Award winner

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