Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018

29 Sep 2018 – 17 Oct 2018

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09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00
09:00 – 17:00

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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, formerly Jerwood Drawing Prize, is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.


Selected from original drawings, the exhibition has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating current drawing practice. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition includes a diverse selection of work that explores the nature, role and value of drawing in creative practice today. The shortlist of 69 drawings by 67 practitioners, ranging from works by students to those by established artists, were selected from 1703 submissions received from across the UK. The independent selection panel comprised Nigel Hall RA, artist; Megan Piper, contemporary art dealer; and Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum in Bath.

The drawings shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition and  awards are by the following artists:

Becky Allen / Iain Andrews / Michael Angove / Andy Bannister / Garry Barker / Susannah Bolton / Mark Brooks / Ian Brown / Caroline Burraway / Ruth Chambers / Laura Abigail Clarke / Sophie Erin Cooper / Gemma Cossey / Roy Eastland / Benjamín Edwards / Katy English / James Epps / Alex Evans / Peter Ford / Euan Gray / Graham Gussin / Frances Gynn / Marie Harnett / Simon Head / Julie Held / Marguerite Horner / Laura Hudson / Julia Hutton / Tam Inglis / Bridget Jackson / Ben Johnson / Christopher Jones / Helen Jones / Aileen Keith / Nick Kennedy / Paddy Killer / Donghwan Ko / Gary Lawrence / Sara Lee / Irene Lees / Rosie Leventon / Juliette Losq / Steven MacIver / Daniel Mcgirr / Rebecca Mendoza / Eleanor Minney / Claire Mont Smith / June Nelson / Mark Parkinson / Steve Payne / Sandra Porter / Gary Power / Alex Ramsay / Giulia Ricci / Fiona G Roberts / Caragh Savage / Tim Shore / Philip Smith / Geoff Stainthorp / Chloe Steele / Ilona Szalay / Margaret Uttley / Robert Verrill / Ben Wade / Henry Ward / David Winthrop / Hamish Young

When I was invited to be a selector for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize my initial reaction was a mixture of apprehension and anticipation. I’ve been in this role a number of times and it’s not just the sheer quantity of visual imagery one has to contend with but also the equally unknown nature of ones fellow panel members! On the latter score, I needn’t have worried. Despite our diverse backgrounds we found common ground and worked well together. 

The delight in seeing such an extraordinary range of approaches to the thrilling art of drawing (an activity that forms a vital part of my life and practice) soon overcame my anxieties. Other worries took over as it became clear that in order to make a manageable exhibition, we would, with regret have to exclude many interesting works. However, I believe the result is a visual and varied feast of excellence and I’m delighted to have had such an opportunity.” Nigel Hall RA, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selector 2018

Supported by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is a unique initiative led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor (Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University). In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their drawings, the exhibition has established a reputation for supporting and promoting their talent and excellence, and the role and value of drawing more widely. 

The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000, a Student Award of £2,000, and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust Award for a working drawing, worth £1000, will be announced and awarded at the launch of the exhibition on 26 September 2018.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition will be on display at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London from 29 September – 17 October 2018 (closed 6 & 12 October). This will be followed by a national tour to TheGallery at Arts Univeristy Bournemouth (22 November 2018–10 January 2019); the Royal Drawing School in Shoreditch (2–22 February 2019); Drawing Projects UK, Wiltshire (2 March–26 April 2019); and Chapel Gallery in Lancashire (4 May–6 July 2019).

For the full Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize programme click here: http://trinitybuoywharfdrawingprize.drawingprojects.uk/index.php/news

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