The Derwent International Art Prize 2016, UK

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2016

Deadline: Jun 01, 2016

The Derwent International Art Prize 2016, UK

The Cumberland Pencil Company is thrilled to announce that The Derwent Art Prize will be running its third competition in 2016. The Prize is open to international artists and aims to reward excellence through showcasing the very best works created in pencil.

The third Derwent Art Prize exhibition will take place in September 2016. Generous prizes will be awarded by a distinguished judging panel at a private awards ceremony during the running of the exhibition. The prizes include a First, Second and Third Prize along with two People’s Choice Awards and a Young Artist Award for entrants under 25.

The Artist

The Prize is open to all living British and international artists over the age of 18 years old on 1st June 2016.
A third party (e.g. gallery, agent or other representative) may submit work on behalf of the artist, but the third party must confirm:

  • receipt of the artist’s permission, and have full authority and legal right, to submit the work
  • that to provide the information regarding the artist or the artist’s work, they have first consulted with the artist and made all appropriate enquiries for the purpose of providing that information
  • agree to be bound by these Conditions of Entry as the artist would be had they entered 

The Prize is not open to work by deceased artists.

The Work

The work entered must be created in pencil (including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or coloured pencils).  The work must not exceed 182cms in its greatest dimension. There is no minimum size limit.  The Prize is open to both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional works.  All entered work must have been completed within the last 3 years. The work selected for exhibition must be available from 1st September 2016 – 31st January 2017.

Submission Procedure

Artists are invited to submit up to 6 images. The selectors are aware that some work may not lend itself to reproduction and wish to reassure artists that there may be opportunities to view actual works. Artists can enter online. If artists are unable to enter online please contact for further details. Artists are required to submit the following:

  • The completed online entry form
  • Images of up to 6 recent works, in digital format (jpg, max. 1MB file size (no min), and images must be between 1000 x 3000 pixels resolution; min 1000 x 1000 and max. 3000 x 3000 pixels.
  • A non-refundable application fee.

Following the selection process, all artists will be notified by 24th June 2016.  Artists who have not heard by this date should contact Parker Harris, organisers of The Derwent Art Prize at, call + 44 (0) 1372 462190 or check the website for further details. From the open submission applications the panel will select approximately 80 works for exhibition. The artists selected for the final exhibition will be contacted by Parker Harris with full delivery details for their work.

To submit your artwork, please, go here.

Key Dates

1 June 2016: Deadline for entry
24th June 2016: All artists notified of first stage selection process
30th August – 12th September 2016: Delivery of work (to Art Moves of Chelsea)
12th September 2016: Delivery of work (in person to Art Moves of Chelsea, 10am-5pm GMT)
19th-24th September 2016: Exhibition opens to public
19th September 2016: Private View and Prize Winners announced
October – December 2016: Exhibition tour

The work selected for exhibition must be available from 1st September 2016 – 31st January 2017.


A total prize fund of £12,500 will be awarded at a Private View at Mall Galleries, London in 2016.  Prizes are as follows:

First Prize  £6,000
Second Prize  £3,500
Third Prize £1,000
People's Choice Award – Exhibition £750
People's Choice Award – All entries £750
Young Artist Award – For artists under 25 years £500

The Exhibition

Approximately 80 works will be chosen for exhibition at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1Y 5BD. Selected works will be on display from 19th - 24th September 2016. The exhibition will then tour to a number of venues throughout the UK from October - December 2016.  Full details will be announced shortly.

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