The Cumberland Pencil Company is delighted to present the third Derwent Art Prize exhibition. Offering a total prize fund of £12,500, the Derwent Art Prize is an open competition for international artists, which aims to reward excellence through showcasing the very best works created in pencil. This year 1,193 artists submitted a total of 3,299 works of art from around the world, from these, 71 works by 68 artists have been chosen for exhibition by the panel of selectors comprising: Meryl Ainslie (Founder and Director of Rabley Contemporary Gallery and Drawing centre); Michael Glover (Art critic, Editor, Novellist and Poet) and Eileen Cooper RA (Artist and Keeper of The Royal Academy).
The work to be exhibited at Derwent Art Prize augurs that visual imagery, as a universal language, has found its extensive thesaurus of terms in the medium of pencil drawing. From the intricacies of Chris Agnew’s shading in No Word of a Lie, that, in its photorealism, stands as an almost archival document, to the gestural short-hand found in Alexandra Blum’s Thames Boundaries capturing a vast panorama of a city in flux; from the amaranth pink in Angharad Pelling’s Poor Old Kitty Has Had Her Day to the oppressive charcoal black of Shirley Sharp’s Guardian Stays Close, this wealth of graphic diversity will be exhibited at Mall Galleries from 19th – 24th September, 2016.
The Prizes will be awarded at a private awards ceremony on 19th September 2016. These include a First Prize of £6,000, Second Prize of £3,500, Third Prize of £1,000 and two People’s Choice Award (works in the exhibition) of £700, selected from all 2016 entries and judged by visitors to the website. Please visit www.derwent-artprize.com to place your vote.
An additional prize will be awarded this year: the Young Artist Award of £500 for artists under 25 years.