Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Call for Entries - 5th Derwent Art Prize 2020

This is an overview of the Derwent Art Prize and how to enter this international art competition which
  • focuses on those who create artworks created in pencil or coloured pencils, pastel, graphite and/or charcoal
  • has £12.5k in prizes
  • PLUS two exhibitions of selected artworks in London and Paris.

Below are SUMMARY details of
  • the history of the Derwent Art Prize (and the brand name)
  • the exhibition details, prizes and selectors for the Derwent Art Prize 2020
  • how to enter - what you need to know and do to enter - the most important one of which is that entries must be received by 17th February 2020
In addition, 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 
  • It will be valid from 18 February to 31 March 2020.  Please refer to website (www.derwentart.com) for products and our Terms & Conditions and for delivery information.

The History of the Derwent Art Prize

Derwent Art Prize at the Mall Galleries in 2018

The Derwent Art Prize was conceived in 2012.
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.
BELOW are my blog posts covering the Derwent Art Prize in its first four outings. You can see the sort of work that was submitted and got selected in both the posts about the selected artists and those reviewing the exhibition.

4th Derwent Art Prize 2018

1278 artists from 64 different countries submitted a total of 3,299 artworks and 57 were selected for the exhibition.

3rd Derwent Art Prize 2016

2nd Derwent Art Prize 2014

1st Derwent Art Prize 2013

About Derwent and the Cumberland Pencil Company

The Art Prize carries the "Derwent" brand name of the Cumberland Pencil Company who in turn are part of ACCO (formerly Rexel).
  • The Cumberland Pencil Company was created in 1916 
  • The first Derwent colour pencil was introduced in 1938.
  • In 2008, the Cumberland Pencil Company left the old pencil factory in Keswick and moved to its new Pencil Factory on a site at Lillyhall, Workington.
  • The Derwent Pencil Museum maintains a presence in Keswick, where pencils first started being made in 1832 - after graphite was found in Borrowdale in the 1500s.
Derwent is very active in relation to other exhibitions besides this prize. It

Derwent Art Prize Exhibition and Prizes and Selectors

Artworks in the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition in 2018

The Exhibition

This year for the first time, selected works will also be displayed in France. Around 80 selected artworks will be on display at the following venues and dates

The Prizes

Prizes valued at £12,500 will be awarded to entries selected for the exhibition at the Private View at Gallery@OXO, London.

This year there are two Young Artist Prizes for entrants under 25.

The prizes are as follows:
  • First Prize £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products (Up to a monthly value of £50 - including postage)
  • 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, all the First and Second prize winners will receive a special box of Derwent Lightfast Pencils. These pencils are resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions.

The Selectors

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

Artworks in the Derwent Art Prize Exhibition in 2018

How to Enter

Who can enter

  • Entries are invited from international artists

What can you enter

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

How to enter

Information about the Derwent Art Prize
These are the links to:
The Derwent Art Prize has a

Online Entry

The Submission

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

Entry fees

  • The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for each additional work - which is very reasonable!
  • Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work.


  • Monday 17 February 2020 (5pm GMT) - Deadline for entry
  • Monday 2 March  - Artists notified of selectors' decision
  • 6 - 17 April - Delivery of work (to Art Moves of Chelsea)
  • Friday 17 April - Delivery of work (in person to Art Moves of Chelsea, 10am-5pm GMT)
  • 22 April - 4 May 2020 - Exhibition opens to public at the Gallery@OXO in London
  • 12 - 17 May 2020 - Exhibition open in 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris, France