Derwent is proud to announce the finalists and exhibitors of the 2018 Derwent Art Prize

Nominated artwork by Su Bonfanti, Tanhurst House / Piazza Epiro, graphite on photo transfer

Derwent®, internationally renowned artists’ materials brand, are proud to present the Derwent Art Prize 2018, on display at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries from 18 – 23 September 2018, showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil, coloured pencil, pastel, graphite and charcoal.

Following an international open call, 1278 artists from 64 different countries submitted a total of 3,299 artworks – the highest number of entries in the history of the Prize. Submissions were judged by an expert panel comprising Gill Saunders, Senior Curator at the V&A; Chris Sharratt, Art Critic; and Clare Woods, Artist.

Overall, the judges selected 67 artworks which celebrate drawing in all its diversity. Derwent are delighted to announce the 57 shortlisted artists:

Jonathan Alibone / Margie Andrew-Reichelt / Jemma Appleby / Malcolm Ashman / Maura Barreto / Victoria Clare Bernie / Emma Bertin Sanabria / Jean Paul Beumer / France Bizot / Kate Black / Su Bonfanti / Martyn Burdon / Patricia Cain / Adelina Canolli / Neide Carreira / Sarah Carvell / Lewis Chamberlain / 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/ 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 / Lee Madgwick / Alpha Mason / 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

The shortlisted works offer an overview of international contemporary drawing approaches, from Seoul-based artist Sunghun Jung’s surreal geometric drawing Fountain, to the panoramic depiction of Lagoa de Fogo drawn onto a saxophone reed by Portuguese artist Maura Barreto.

French artist France Bizot’s intricate hand-drawn books illustrate one way in which drawing can be realised in three dimensions, whilst Lithuanian artist Laura Guoke’s large scale portrait There you are, the Journey has almost Begun highlights the facility of graphite, charcoal and coloured pencils to create hyper-real imagery with a digitised aesthetic.

Read about the exhibitor profiles here.

Commenting about the selection process, Chris Sharratt said:

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.”

In addition to the selected artworks being hung in a public display at Mall Galleries, prizes totalling £12,500 will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on 20 September 2018. These include a 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 Facebook page on 25 June 2018.

Subsequent to the exhibition at Mall Galleries, the Derwent Art Prize 2018 will tour to venues across the UK including Trowbridge Arts (29 September – 10 November 2018) and Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria (until January 2018).

Derwent Art Prize 2018: 18  – 23 September 2018, Mall Galleries, London SW1

10am – 5pm daily, Admission free

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  1. Good Afternoon

    Could ypu please clarify when the Private View is? The invitation is saying
    Thursday 20 September 2018 and yet your website ( ) is saying Tuesday 18 September 2018?

    Kind Regards

    1. Hi Lesley
      Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. The private view will take place on Thursday 20th September from 6pm – 8:30pm. We would like the exhibiting artists to arrive 30 minutes before the opening (5:30pm) so that you have the opportunity to see the exhibition, meet your fellow exhibitors and the Derwent team. We hope to see you there! 🙂

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