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2020 Derwent Art Prize

The Derwent Art Prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or colour pencil as well as water-soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal, by British and International artists.

Alongside the chosen artworks being hung in a public display, prizes totalling over £12,500 will be awarded in an awards ceremony on the opening night of the exhibition, with further money can't buy prizes to be announced soon.

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. In addition, ten young artists will be selected for an online exhibition which will be available to view for one month on the Derwent website. The exhibition will provide the selected artists with additional exposure for their work to a highly engaged audience.  

Derwent is committed to supporting artists in the form of both cash prizes and exposure. For this reason, the 2020 edition of the Prize will see one artist winning an Advertorial Award with Aesthetica Magazine, an international art and culture publication with a readership of over 400,000 and the Young Artist Winner having their winning entry displayed at the Moniker Art Fair, a hyper-curated five day contemporary art fair exhibiting an international roster of the finest artists and galleries at the cutting edge of urban art and culture, in New York in May 2020 and London in October 2020. Derwent is passionate about building both a community and a legacy for the Art Prize. As an exhibitor, the story doesn’t end with the close of the London exhibition; you become part of the Art Prize community which Derwent strives to support through opportunities such as involvement in art fairs and online exhibitions.

Click here to find out more about this amazing competition or to enter your work.

The 2018 Derwent Art Prize Winners 

Derwent, internationally renowned artists’ materials brand, are proud to announce the Prizewinners of the Derwent Art Prize 2018. French artists France Bizot and Emma Bertin Sanabria take First and Young Artist Prize. The award giving event was held in The Mall Galleries, London on the 18th September 2018.

First Prize (£6,000) has been awarded to France Bizot for Madame Bovary – a figurative colour pencil drawing made inside a found vintage book. Bizot, who lives and works in Paris, seeks to blur the line between the real and the virtual in her pop culture inspired drawings. Backslash Gallery, Paris described her technique as ‘impeccable’. 

Madame Bovary

Serbian artist Jovanka Stanojevic is the recipient of the £3,000 Second Prize for Hair 2, a detailed portrait that depicts only the subject’s hair and shoulders. Though the face is not visible, the pencil drawing reveals much about the subject’s demeanour – the artist says it is ‘a celebration of a woman in all her uniqueness’.

Jovanka Stanojevic

The Third Prize of £1,500 has been awarded to Royal Academy Schools alumnus Anna Gardiner for her tonal charcoal drawing 'Washday'. Through her drawings and paintings, Gardiner explores our collective relationship with landscape and home. Though the places she conveys may feel very specific, and perhaps even familiar, none really are. They are archetypes, constructs of a nation’s memory.


Paris-based artist Emma Bertin Sanabria is the recipient of the Young Artist Award (£750), for an artist under the age of 25. The Prize recognises and celebrates emerging artistic talent such as Sanabria who is an alumnus of L’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and New York’s prestigious School of Visual Arts (SVA). Her prizewinning colour pencil drawing Noé is a delicately rendered portrait in which the male sitter appears immersed in the artist’s process – her drawing picking up the myriad of textures and folds in his clothing, as areas of saturated colour evolve into singular pencil lines.

Emma Bertin Sanabria

The People’s Choice Award of £750 gave the general public an opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted artwork via the Derwent Art Prize Facebook page. The Prize was awarded to Hong Kong based artist Kin Choi Lam for his colour pencil drawing Morning Assembly. Like much of his work, the drawing highlights mysterious elements within everyday situations.

Kin Choi Lam

The Prizewinning drawings, which are amongst 67 shortlisted artworks making up the 2018 Derwent Art Prize exhibition, were selected by an expert panel comprising Gill Saunders, Senior Curator, V&A; Chris Sharratt, Art Critic; and Clare Woods, Artist.

Subsequent to the exhibition at Mall Galleries, the Derwent Art Prize 2018 will tour to venues across the UK including Trowbridge Arts (29 September – 10 November 2018) and the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria (15 November 2018 – 31 January 2019).