Derwent Art Prize: Last chance to enter!

The 5th instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is currently open for entries… but not for long! The deadline to submit your work is fast approaching. Here are all the details you need to seize this artistic opportunity before it’s too late.

Derwent Art Prize 2018 exhibition

  1. A bit of history

 The Derwent Art Prize was conceived in 2012 to reward excellence in contemporary drawing and showcase the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in any pencil: black 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 70 countries, with the 2018 edition of the opportunity receiving over 3,200 entries from 1,275 artists worldwide.

In 2018, two French artists – France Bizot and Emma Bertin Sanabria – respectively won the First Prize and the Young Artist Prize. That’s why, this year, we are taking the exhibition of shortlisted drawings to Paris… Fancy showing your work in France? Then, head over here to enter.

Emma Bertin Sanabria and her drawing Noé, Derwent Art Prize 2018 Young Artist Prize

France Bizot and her drawing Madame Bovary, Derwent Art Prize 2018 First Prize

  1. A breakdown of the selection process and prizes

The selectors for 2020 are internationally-acclaimed artist Charles Avery; Director of Turner Contemporary Victoria Pomeroy OBE; as well as Financial Times and New York Times writer, TED speaker, and art critic Alice Rawsthorn.

Prizes totalling over £12,500 will be awarded:

  • Shortlisted artists have the chance to win a First Prize of £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products, a Second Prize of £2,000 and People’s Choice Award of £500.
  • Special incentives are also available for young artists: a Young Artist First Prize of £4,000, a Young Artist Second Prize of £2,000, and a reduced entry fee – just £5 per work.
  • An Advertorial Award with Aesthetica Magazine, an established international art and culture magazine, as well as an exhibition at the Moniker Art Fair, a hyper-curated 5 day contemporary art fair, are also up for grabs.

Do you want to secure cash prizes, as well as promotional opportunities? Get a chance to win these incredible prizes by submitting your work here.

gallery@oxo in London

  1. Last but not least, a few logistical details

The judges will select approximately 50 artworks for a show at the gallery@oxo, London from 22nd April – 4th May 2020. The gallery@oxo is a prestigious exhibition space located on the busy South Bank Riverside Walkway, which attracts large audiences with an average of 9,000 visitors per month.

Additionally, the show will travel abroad for the first time. The Derwent Art Prize will be available to view at 20 Rue Saint Claude from 12th – 17th May 2020. This exhibition space is in the heart of The Marais, an authentic and historic district of Paris brimming with contemporary art galleries.

If you want to showcase your work in these outstanding locations, enter online by submitting up to 6 works in pencil before Monday 17 February 2020, 5pm. To join the Derwent Art Prize, please visit: