The Derwent Art Prize 2016 25 Jan



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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. Since the Derwent Art Prize began four years ago, the competition has attracted more than 4000 entries from over 67 countries worldwide.

The prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by British and International artists. Artists can submit 2D and 3D works created with any pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite or charcoal pencils.

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.

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Eighty artworks will be selected from the submissions for an exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London from Monday 19 – Saturday 24 September 2016. Out of those successful eighty applicants, prizes totalling £12,500 will be awarded in a private awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition.

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 (£750 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-artprize.com

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