The Derwent Art Prize 2020 – Call for Entries From British and International Artists, Prizes Total £12,500

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 2D & 3D artworks created in any pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal. Since the Derwent Art Prize began, the competition has attracted more than 10,000 entries from almost 70 countries, with the 2018 edition of the opportunity receiving 3,231 entries from 1,275 artists worldwide.

From the total artworks submitted, approximately fifty will be selected for display at the gallery@oxo, London from 22nd April – 4th May 2020. Prizes totalling £12,500 plus a box of 100 Lightfast Pencils will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.  We are delighted to announce the introduction of a number of special incentives for young artists: a Young Artist First Prize of £4,000, a Young Artist Second Prize of £2,000, and a reduced entry fee for young artists – just £5 per work. The two Young Artist winners will also receive additional prizes, details of which will be confirmed shortly.

Sitting on this year’s distinguished judging panel are: the artist Charles Avery; the Director of Turner Contemporary Victoria Pomeroy OBE; and the writer and art critic Alice Rawsthorn.

With each instalment of the Derwent Art Prize we strive to respond to a particular area of need in the contemporary art world. This year, following feedback from previous entrants/exhibitors and in response to the ever-increasing cost of art education, we have created two new prizes for young artists, significantly reduced the submission fee, and extended the competition deadline so as to avoid a clash with art students’ degree shows.’ (Nicola Shepherd, Marketing Director, Derwent)

Following the success of two French artists – France Bizot, First Prize and Emma Bertin Sanabria, Young Artist Prize – in 2018, the Derwent Art Prize 2020 will be shown in Paris, which will be the first time that the exhibition has travelled abroad. It will be available to view at 20 Rue Saint Claude from 12th – 17th May 2020.

The deadline for entries to the competition is 17th February 2020, 5pm. Artists may submit up to six works that are both original and created in pencil. To enter and for further details including full terms and conditions on entry requirements, please visit:

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