Monday, June 25, 2018

Derwent Art Prize 2018 - Selected Artists

The artists selected for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition at the Mall Galleries are listed below. This year's competition has had the highest ever number of entries following an international open call. This resulted in:
  • 1278 artists 
  • from 64 different countries 
  • submitted a total of 3,299 artworks 
  • and 57 selected for the exhibition.
The submissions were judged by an expert panel comprising
  • Gill Saunders, Senior Curator at the V&A; 
  • Chris Sharratt, Art Critic; and 
  • Clare Woods, Artist.
“being a selector for this year’s Derwent Art Prize was the kind of challenge that you can’t help but enjoy. The diversity of drawing practice and the energy, thought and skill displayed by so many of the artists was exciting to see and meant that some very good work didn’t make the final selection. However, in the end I think that, after an intense process of discussion and careful consideration, this year’s exhibition provides a fitting overview of contemporary drawing practice.”  Chris Sharratt
Looks like Derwent fed the Judges while they deliberated at the V&A!

Selected Artists



Overall, the judges selected 67 artworks which celebrate drawing in all its diversity.

This is the list of the 57 selected artists for the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition 2018.

Links in their names are to their websites (if these can be found).  Note this has still to be completed - but takes time! If you want the website to your name inserted please leave a comment with the correct url.
  • Jonathan Alibone (UK) - based in Northampton; Currently a resident at The Sanctuary studios. He has exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. His work features in collections throughout Europe, Russia and USA.
  • Margie Andrew-Reichelt (UK) - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham University (2013). Also selected for the Threadneedle Prize 2013, the Derwent Art Prize 2014 and the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2015). This is a link to an interview with her
  • Jemma Appleby (UK) -  Lives and works in London and Hampshire. 2006 - 2009 1st Class BA Hons Fine Art Painting, City and Guilds of London Art School. Selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Exhibits widely. Two of her charcoal drawings selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018.
  • Malcolm Ashman (UK) -  an academician at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) and the Bath Society of Artists. Exhibits in London and the south of England, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Threadneedle Prize and the Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London.
  • Maura Barreto - past exhibitor / no details
  • Victoria Clare Bernie - Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Victoria Clare Bernie received an MA in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking from Edinburgh College of Art and a Masters in Architecture History and Theory from McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. She has been a recipient of a number of grants and awards
  • Emma Bertin Sanabria 
  • Jean Paul Beumer 
  • France Bizot 
  • Kate Black - 
  • Su Bonfanti (UK) - completed the MA Drawing course at UAL Wimbledon in September 2017; mainly exhibits in and around south Londonand home counties at present
'Tanhurst House/Piazza Epiro' by Su Bonfanti
graphite on photo transfer
  • Martyn Burdon (UK) - Graduated from Brunel University in 2004. Lives and works in Buckinghamshire . Also selected for the BP Portrait Prize 2017 and as one of the 'Artist and Illustrator Magazine' 2018 Artists of the Year.
  • Adelina Canolli 
  • Neide Carreira 
  • Sarah Carvell  - 
  • Lewis Chamberlain (UK) - past winner of the ING Discerning Eye Prize
  • Phil Clark  - 
  • June Collier  - 
  • Catherine Creaney  - 
  • Paul Crook  - 
  • Lesley Doyle  - 
  • Sarah Duncan  - 
  • James Eagle - 
  • Edo Fuijkschot 
  • Frankie Gao  - 
  • Anna Gardiner - 


  • Paul Gladstone  
  • Duncan Godfrey  
  • Laura Guoke - Winner of BP Travel Award 2016
  • Barton Hargreaves 
  • Martyn Hill 
  • Jennifer Ho 
  • Philip Hood
  • Maree Hughes 
  • Sunghun Jung 
  • Hooi San Koh 
  • Aleksei Kosarev
  • Kin Choi Lam
  • Andrew Lansley   
  • Debbie Lee  
  • Ron Logan  
  • Alex Maczkowski - based in the West Midlands


  • Lee Madgwick (UK) - b. King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England, 1980. Graduated in Graphic Design from Norwich University College of the Arts, 2003. Tecently elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA The drawing selected is ‘Shroud’ - see below and Twitter would suggest this is a return to drawing after a long break.



  • Alpha Mason (UK/France) - Hipkiss is a pseudonym used for a British artist duo - Alpha and Chris Mason - based in Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France since 2001.  Unclear whether this work is by Alpha alone
  • Rachel McDonnell 
  • Liana Moran 
  • Simon Parish 
  • Elizaveta Poluyanskaya
  • Julie Rafalski 
  • Ian Robinson 
  • Iona Rowland 
  • Leo Santos-Shaw  
  • Casper Scarth  
  • Emma Seach 
  • Jovanka Stanojevic
  • Aishan Yu

Exhibition and Awards


The Derwent Art Prize Exhibition will be held in the Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries from 18 – 23 September 2018 from 10am – 5pm daily. Admission is FREE.
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.
Prizes prizes totalling £12,500 will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on 20 September 2018. These include 
  • First Prize of £6,000, 
  • Second Prize of £3,000, 
  • Third Prize of £1,500 and 
  • the Young Artist Award of £750 for an artist under 25 years of age. 
There is also a People’s Choice Award of £750, which gives the general public an opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted work. The poll will launch on the Derwent Art Prize Facebook page on 25 June 2018.  ‘Likes’ of respective shortlisted artworks will be utilised as votes. Thus the poll is not anonymous, so if you place a vote, the poll administrator and other voters will be able to view your selection. (see terms and conditions)

More about the Derwent Art Prize


These are my previous blog posts about this award.

Derwent Art Prize 2018

Derwent Art Prize 2016

Derwent Art Prize 2014

Derwent Art Prize 2013

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