Announcing the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 Exhibition, Awards & Opportunities

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018

We are delighted to announce the continued support by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, the foremost annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

Selected from original drawings, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation for promoting, celebrating, and championing excellence in contemporary drawing practice through this open exhibition dedicated to drawing. Led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University, the exhibition will include around 65 drawings chosen by an independent panel of distinguished selectors, and will tour nationally from September 2019 to July 2020.

Artists and makers selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition will be eligible for awards of a total value of £27,000 - a First Prize of £8000; a Second Prize of £5000; a Student Award of £2000; and a Working Drawing Prize, that has increased in value to £2000 this year. These awards will be chosen by the distinguished Selection Panel and announced at the launch of the exhibition and Awards Ceremony on 25 September 2019 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London.

Following the success of the first Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in 2017, the Evelyn Williams Trust will generously support an award of £10,000. In 2019. Barbara Walker MBE was the first recipient of the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award 2017, and her solo exhibition Vanishing Point was held at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings (20 October 2018 to 6 January 2019) with loans from the National Gallery supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000 will support an artist with an already established exhibiting (or equivalent) career selected for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 to develop a new solo exhibition. The award will be made on the basis of proposals, invited from by the selected artists, and chosen by a panel comprising a Trustee of the Evelyn Williams Trust, the Director/Curator of the Gallery, and the Director of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

On Thursday 24 January 2019, the awards and exhibition opportunities will be announced at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Attendees will hear about the experience and value of the Drawing Prize project from three of the beneficiaries of Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 – First Prize Winner, Caroline Burraway; Student Prize Winner, Laura Hudson; Andy Bannister, winner of the inaugural Working Drawing Prize - and Artist and Author, Professor Stephen Farthing RA, Research Fellow at Bath Spa University and selector of Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005. The film of Lines of Thought, a public symposium held during the hand-in to the London Collection Centre in July 2018, will also be screened, featuring Elisa Alaluusua, Tania Kovats, Anita Taylor and Barbara Walker MBE on the value of drawing and the Drawing Prize project.

Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and Bath Spa University proudly promote drawing as a critical means of communication, enquiry and expression. At Bath School of Art and Design drawing is taught throughout its degree programmes and, in 2019, a new MA Drawing course will be launched. Trinity Buoy Wharf are developing a diverse and dynamic programme of cultural activities for 2019 that will further establish Trinity Buoy Wharf as a thriving hub for drawing. Details will soon be available.

The Call for Entries for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 opens at 9am on 25 January 2019 and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2019. Online registration via the dedicated portal and is followed by the submission of the actual drawings, of up to three per entry, to one of the eleven Collection Centres provided across the UK.

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 - Awards Announced

Caroline Burraway, Eden - The Jungle Calais, 2016 (2017), charcoal, 160 x 135 cm. Photo: Colin Mills.

Caroline Burraway has won the £8,000 First Prize in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 for her charcoal drawing, Eden,The Jungle Calais 2016 (2017); the Second Prize of £5,000 goes to Gary Lawrence for his drawing, Moonlit Delphi c/o Samuel Palmer (2018), made with Biro, felt pen and poster paint on paper; and the Student Award of £2,000 is awarded to Laura Hudson for her drawing made with charcoal on wash, Nail House Drawings (2018). The new Working Drawing Award of £1000 is awarded to Andy Bannister for his graphite drawing, ROC Post '64 (2017).

The award winning drawings were chosen by Nigel Hall RA, artist; Megan Piper, contemporary art dealer; and Dr Chris Stephens, Director of The Holburne from the 69 works by 67 artists they selected for the 2018 exhibition from an overall submission of 1711 works from across the UK.

See the exhibition of 69 drawings in The Electrician's Shop at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 12noon to 5pm from Saturday 29 September to Wednesday 17 October 2018 (closed 6 and 12 October).

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 - Events Programme at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London

During the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition there will be a number of free public events at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JY.

Tuesday 25 September: There will be an opportunity for a special preview of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 at 4pm on Tuesday 25 September, prior to the public opening and announcement of the award winners. To register for this tour with Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Project, please find the booking link here.

We would like to invite groups from schools, colleges, universities, and community groups to visit the exhibition. If you would like to book a group tour of the exhibition, led by Anita Taylor, on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 September, or to bring a group on another date during the exhibition between 29 September and 17 October, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Wednesday 26 September at 4pm: There will be a Drawing Discussion event prior to the Private View and Awards announcement. On Collecting Drawings is a free event held in association with the launch of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018, and the event will be held in The Electrician's Shop at Trinity Buoy Wharf on Wednesday 26 September at 4pm. Book here for this free event.

The Drawing Discussion will present several perspectives on collecting drawings, followed by a panel discussion, and the opportunity to view the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition. The event will be chaired by Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University, and speakers include: 

Niall Hobhouse - a collector of architectural drawings, sketches and models. He also writes about architecture and has served on the boards of institutions including the London School of Economics, the Sir John Soane's Museum and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA.  Drawing Matter houses the collection of many thousand architectural drawings and models, ranging from the 16th to the 21st century, which has been assembled over the last twenty-five years and focuses particularly on the role of drawing in the process of design. For more information see: www.drawingmatter.org

Tania Kovats - artist, author and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University. Drawing, and paying attention to others’ drawings, is a key part of Tania Kovats’ practice. In 2005, Tania published The Drawing Book – a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression, described as a 'commonplace book of drawing that exists as a depository for memory, commentary, and possibilities'. Similarly, Drawing Water (2014), collects together an eclectic selection of drawings of the sea, including her own, and those by map-makers, writers, shipbuilders, whalers, soldiers, sailors, artists, archaeologists, cartographers, scientists, uranographers, engineers and dreamers. 

Gavin Turk - artist and Professor of Art and Design at Bath Spa University. Gavin Turk makes sculpture, drawings and assemblages that investigate what it means to be an artist. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the ‘authorship’ of a work, Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp. He is interested in the way that fame and celebrity affect the understanding of art and the artists that make it; and that collecting is perhaps about surrounding oneself with a set of points of reference, that may be either sanctioning or controlling.

Public exhibition dates: The exhibition is open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf from Saturday 29 September to Wednesday 17 October 2018, open hours 12:00-5:00pm. Please note that the exhibition will be closed on Saturday 6 October and Friday 12 October 2018.

The events programme is kindly supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University as part of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project. A fully illustrated exhibition publication will be available. For all enquiries, please email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 - Exhibition & Tour Details

Ilona Szalay, Pink 8, 2017

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition will be launched, and the Award Winners announced, at a private ceremony on Wednesday 26 September at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London.

The exhibition will then be open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf from Saturday 29 September to Wednesday 17 October 2018, open hours 12:00-5:00pm. Please note that the exhibition will be closed on Saturday 6 October and Friday 12 October.

The full exhibition and tour details are as follows. 

29 September–17 October 2018
(closed 6 and 12 October)

Trinity Buoy Wharf
64 Orchard Place
London E14 0JY
trinitybuoywharf.com

22 November–10 January 2019

TheGallery at AUB
Arts University Bournemouth
Wallisdown
Poole BH12 5HH
aub.ac.uk/campus/thegallery

2–22 February 2019

Royal Drawing School
19-22 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3SG
royaldrawingschool.org/exhibitions

2 March–26 April 2019

Drawing Projects UK
Bridge House
10 Stallard Street
Trowbridge BA14 9AE
drawingprojects.uk

Updated tour information: 
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018
will no longer tour to Chapel Gallery, 
Ormskirk in May 2019.

 

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 - Shortlist

The shortlist for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 has been announced. Selected from 1703 submissions, 69 drawings by 67 practitioners from across the UK were selected by the independent selection panel comprised of Nigel Hall RA, artist, Megan Piper, contemporary art dealer, and Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum in Bath.  

The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000, 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 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. 

The shortlisted drawings 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

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.

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