About the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project is led by Professor Anita Taylor, founding Director, at Bath Spa University and is supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust.

The pre-eminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, was founded in 1994 by Anita Taylor and Paul Thomas as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition. It was known from 1996 until 2000 as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition and was supported by a private benefactor, Westland Nurseries, The Summerfield Trust, CHK Charities and Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. Most recently, the exhibition has been known as Jerwood Drawing Prize with 17 years of significant support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation from 2001 until 2017. Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the principal benefactor in 2018.

Selected from original art works, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and exhibition has an established reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. This open exhibition is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists in the field, with the exhibition touring widely in the UK. In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their work, the project has developed new insights into the role and value of drawing in creative practice today. 

The Call for Entries for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 will be launched in April 2018 and will be managed by Parker Harris. Drawing practitioners may register to enter up to three drawings for consideration by the Selection Panel. Initial entry will be by online registration by the end of June, after which the actual works are to be submitted via one of the Collection Centres for review by the Selection Panel. Shortlisted entrants will be announced in late July and the prizewinners announced in September 2018.

The 2018 Selection Panel will comprise artist, Nigel Hall RA; contemporary art dealer, Megan Piper; and Director of The Holburne Museum, Dr Chris Stephens. There will be four awards: a First Prize of £8,000; a Second Prize of £5,000; a Student Award of £2,000; and a £1,000 Prize for a 'Working Drawing'. The awards will be announced at a private ceremony at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London in September 2018; and the exhibition will launch at Trinity Buoy Wharf prior to touring within the UK.