2022 Derwent Art Prize Competition for artists with 12.500£ prizes

Derwent Art Prize Competition for artists with 12.500£ prizes

The Derwent Art Prize is a global art competition and exhibition. The call for entries for 2022 is now open to artists from around the world, the Prize rewards excellence by showcasing the very best 2D & 3D artworks created in pencil or coloured pencil as well as water soluble, pastel, graphite and charcoal. 

Derwent Art Prize Competition Details

Derwent, the internationally renowned fine art brand, are proud to announce that the sixth instalment of the Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries! This competition was conceived in 2012 and aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by artists from around the world.


The submitted entry (the “Work”) must be original, created in pencil (including water-soluble, pastel, graphite, charcoal or coloured pencils). Mixed media works are eligible but the main component must be pencil or one of the media previously listed.

  • The work must not exceed 182cms in its greatest dimension. There is no minimum size limit.
  • The Competition is open to both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional works.
  • Any component part of the pencil can also be used in the creation of artworks.
  • All entered work must have been completed within the last 3 years.
  • The work selected for exhibition must be available until 7 March 2022.
  • For a list of inadmissible works please refer to point 8  of the Terms & Conditions.

Who can enter the competition?

The Competition is open to all living British and international artists (for participating countries please refer to point 3 of the Terms & Conditions) over the age of 18 years old on 1 January 2022.

Competition Entry fee

GENERAL ADMISSION: The entry fee is £15 for the first work and £5 for each additional work. Artists may only enter once, with a maximum of 6 images.

YOUNG ARTIST CONCESSION: Artists under 25 years of age will pay £5 per work. Price and currency will vary depending on country.

Please note that if you decide not to upload any works or fail to complete your application before the deadline refunds will not be given.

Derwent Art Competition Prizes

A total prize fund of £12,500 will be awarded. Prizes are as follows:

  • First Prize  £4,000 plus a year’s supply of Derwent products**
  • Second Prize  £2,000
  • Young Artist First Prize (For artists under 25 years) £4,000 *
  • Young Artist Second Prize (For artists under 25 years) £2,000
  • People’s Choice Award £500

In addition, we are delighted to announce that all the First and Second prize winners will receive a special box of Derwent Lightfast Pencils. The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions.

Application Guide

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 derwent@parkerharris.co.uk 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).
  • A non-refundable application fee.

Following the selection process, all artists will be notified by 17 January 2022.  Artists who have not heard by this date should contact Parker Harris, organisers of The Derwent Art Prize at derwent@parkerharris.co.uk, call + 44 (0) 20 3653 0896 or check the website for further details.

In order to enter the competition, all entrants shall complete an online application form at https://www.derwent-artprize.com/online-entry/ (the “Entry Form”) and follow all directions therein. All images uploaded for the purposes of completing the entry process shall not be manipulated or otherwise artificially or digitally enhanced by the Artist.

Competition Deadline

Key dates:

Tuesday 4 January 2022 (5pm GMT)Deadline for entry
Monday 17 January 2022Artists notified of selectors’ decision
Tuesday 1 February 2022Voting for the People’s Choice Award opens
7 – 19 February 2022Delivery by post/courier to Art Moves of Chelsea
17 & 19 February 2022Delivery in person to Art Moves of Chelsea, 12 noon to 3pm
Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 6pmPrivate View and Announcement of winners
24 February – 6 March 2022Exhibition opens to public at the Gallery@OXO in London
Sunday 6 March 2022, 6pm GMTVoting for the People’s Choice Award closes
TBCCollection of unsold work from Art Moves of Chelsea
TBCAnnouncement of People’s Choice Award winner

Competition Website

You can check the competition website following this link.

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