Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Derwent announce Derwent Art Prize
January 16 Derwent, internationally renowned pencil manufacturers, are proud to announce
that the third 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 artworks created in pencil by British and International artists.
From the submitted artworks, eighty will be selected for display at the Mall Galleries, London
from 19th – 24th September 2016. Alongside the chosen artworks being hung in a public
display, prizes totalling nearly £12,500 will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the
opening night of the exhibition.
Since the Derwent Art Prize began four years ago, the competition has attracted more than
4000 entries from over 67 countries worldwide. Derwent are excited to see both domestic and
international entries for the prize.
Astri Saunders, Marketing Manager at Derwent, said “We are proud to launch the Derwent Art
Prize for the third year. Our aim of the exhibition is to showcase artworks created in pencil and
increase the profile and importance of drawing as a fine art medium”.
This year’s entries will be judged by a distinguished panel of selectors: Meryl Ainslie, Director
and Founder of Rabley Drawing Centre; Eileen Cooper RA, Painter and Printmaker, and
Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, and Michael Glover, art critic at The Independent and
London correspondent for ARTNews, New York.
Previous First Prize (£6,000) winners of the award include Brian Fay and Chrys Allen who have
subsequently had successful solo and group exhibitions since winning the prize. Prizes are also
awarded for second (£3,500) and third (£1,000) position, two People’s Choice Awards (£700
each) and a Young Artist Award (£500) for the best artwork from an artist under the age of 25.
The deadline for entries is 1st June 2016 and artists can submit up to six of their works. For
further details and full terms and conditions on entry requirements, please visit www.derwent-
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