Call for Entries: The Derwent Art Prize 2016

by Cass Art

The Derwent Art Prize is now open for entries. Launched in 2012 the prize aims to reward excellence by showcasing the very best artworks created in pencil by British and international artists. Since it began, the competition has attracted over 4,000 entries from over 67 countries with a huge variety of drawing styles and techniques.
From all artworks submitted, eighty will be selected for display at the Mall Galleries, London from 19-24 September 2016. Not only will the lucky selected artists get to exhibit in central London but there are also nearly £12,500 of prizes which will be awarded on the opening night of the exhibition: First prize £6,000, Second Prize £3,500 and Third Prize £1,000. There are also two People’s Choice Awards of £700 and a Young artist Award of £500 for the best artwork from an artist aged under 25.


This year’s panel of judges include Meryl Ainslie, Director and Founder of Rabley Drawing Centre, Eileen Cooper RA, painter & printmaker and Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, and Michael Glover, art critic at The Independent and London Correspondent for ARTNews, New York.
How to Enter
The deadline for entries is 1 June 2016 so sharpen those pencils! Artists can submit up to six of their works. For further details and full terms and conditions on entry requirements visit


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Image Credits:
First image: Hara Takayuki ©
Second image: Anne Howeson ©
Third image: Giacomo Burrattini ©
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