Derwent Art Prize 2014


Calling all artists: Have you entered the 2014 Derwent Art Prize?

The Cumberland Pencil Company, based in Workington, Cumbria, is calling for artists to enter the second Derwent Art Prize for works created in pencil.

The aim of the Prize, which in its first year attracted over 3,500 entries from 57 countries worldwide, is to reward excellence through showcasing the very best international works created in pencil.

Artists over the age of 18 years can submit up to 6 pieces of work, created with charcoal, pastel, graphite, watersoluble or coloured pencils.

The impressive prize pot totals £12,650; with a First Prize of £6,000; Second Prize of £3,500, Third Prize of £1,000, the £700 People’s Choice Award for works in the exhibition and the £250 UK Coloured Pencil Society Award for Excellence. Two additional prizes will be awarded this year: the Young Artist Award of £500 for artists under 25 years, and an additional People’s Choice Award of £700, selected from all 2014 entries and judged by visitors to the website.

The distinguished panel of judges includes: Kate Macfarlane, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Drawing Room, Josh Spero, Editor of Spears Magazine and Art Critic for Tatler UK, and Professor Anita Taylor, artist, Co-Founder and Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design.

Shortlisted works will then be exhibited from the 15th – 20th September 2014 at the Mall Galleries, London, touring to The Pencil Museum in Keswick, Cumbria in December 2014.

Simon Wells, Vice President and General Manager of The Cumberland Pencil Company, says;

“The Cumberland Pencil Company is proud to produce such an iconic brand of fine art pencils that we know are used by artists from across the world. There are some really amazing pieces of art produced in coloured and graphite pencil and we believe the Derwent Art Prize is the best way to raise the profile of this versatile medium and we would like to thank those artists who take part and submit their work”.



For further enquiries please contact the competition organisers, Parker Harris on:
Tel. +44 (0)1372 462190

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