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Pencil firm draws on contestants’ talents for art competition

A west Cumbrian pencil company is urging artists to put forward their best work, with prizes worth thousands of pounds up for grabs.

The Workington-based Cumberland Pencil Company has launched its second annual Derwent Art Prize for works created in pencil.

The aim of the competition, which in its first year attracted over 3,500 entries from 57 countries, is to showcase the best works created in pencil.

Artists over 18 can submit up to six pieces of work, created with any charcoal, pastel, graphite, watersoluble or coloured pencils.

Entries must be submitted online at before the deadline of Monday, June 9.

The prize pot totals £12,650, with £6,000 for first, £3,500 for second, £1,000 for third. There is also a £700 People’s Choice award and £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 a second People’s Choice Award of £700, selected from all 2014 entries and judged by visitors to the website:

Shortlisted works will be exhibited from September 15 to 20 at the Mall Galleries, London before a touring exhibition will arrive at The Pencil Museum in Keswick in December.

Simon Wells, vice president and general manager of the Cumberland Pencil Company, said: “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.”


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