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Derwent Art Prize 2020 shortlist & exhibition announced

Internationally renowned fine art brand Derwent are proud to announce the shortlist for the 5th instalment of the Derwent Art Prize. 1,884 artists from 72 countries around the world sent in 4,756 artworks. The Derwent Art Prize judges, Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary, artist Charles Avery, and writer Alice Rawsthorn, narrowed the shortlist down to 70 pieces by 64 artists.

Xuetong Wang, Dog Walker

The selectors were impressed not only by the number, but also by the quality of the artworks. “There were so many wonderful entries demonstrating the creativityof artists based in the UK and beyond”, explained Victoria Pomery. Alice Rawsthorn remarqued “The quality of the entries was so high that we were spoilt for choice.” And Charles Avery recounted “I was struck, not only by the huge amount of entries, but the dedication and effort on display.” The 70 selected artworks create an extremely diverse shortlist and reflect the wide scope of contemporary drawing, from spontaneous sketches to meticulous depictions, from black pencil to multicolour, and from hyper-realistic renditions to abstract creations. “There were so many entries with diverse techniques, materials and subject matter”, noted Alice Rawsthorn, “from loving realised portraits of children or dogs, to incisive, but bleak depictions of acute social problems.”

Emily Ball – Sharon

Angela Edwards – End of the Day

The 64 artists shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize exhibition 2020, and eligible for prizes totalling £13,000, including an additional £500 People’s Choice Award, are: Adam Forman, Agata Tkaczyk, Akash Bhatt, Alexandra Blum, Alexandra Phillips, Alice Motte-Muñoz, Andy Thornley, Angela Edwards, Bai Yujia, Carole Bury, Caryl Beach, Charlie Calder-Potts, Chris Haywood, Chunxiao Fu, Csenge Kindli, Daniel Crawshaw, Dene Leigh, Emily Ball, Emma Davis, Erzsebet Kis-Nagy, Faye Bridgwater, Frances Chapman, Greg Genestine-Charlton, Hana Kanee, Harriet Mena Hill, Helen Glover, Hugh Gillan, Illia Nesterov, Janine Hall, Jonny Atkinson, Kate Black, Katie Sollohub, Kevin John Pocock, Kit Yan Chong, Liana Moran, Maree Hughes, Mary Herbert, Michael Page, Mithil Thaker, Olga Rocher, Olivia Parsons, Oluwatobi Adewumi, Paul Digby, Raizel Frankl-Slater, Rebecca Bramwell, Richard Baker, Rosie Park, Russell Herron, Sally Muir, Sandra Porter, Sarinah Haba, Simon Granell, Sophie Bartlett, Sophie Twiss, Stephen Clifton, Stephen West, Steven Walker, Susie Hamilton, Tijs van Bakel, Tyga Helme, Wayne Clough, Wendy Brooke-Smith, Witte Wartena, Xuetong Wang.

Akash Bhatt – Living Room

Agata Tkaczyk – In Workplace

Due to the unprecedented global health emergency we are facing, and to protect the health and wellbeing of artists, visitors, staff and wider community, we have had to change the way we hold the Derwent Art Prize exhibition this year. The physical exhibitions in London and Paris are postponed, the prize money is increased with an additional £500 People’s Choice Award, and the selected artworks is showcased in a virtual exhibition – enabling us to reach audiences all over the world. We believe in the power of art to lift our spirits and bring joy and we hope that the fantastic work featured in this exhibition can do just that.

Voting for the People’s Choice Awards is now open on Facebook and via email to 

Hana Kanee – On Fire

Greg Genestine-Charlton – Counting the Minutes

The virtual exhibition is available by clicking here

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