Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 - Call for Entries & Selection Panel Announced

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 at Trinity Buoy Wharf, September 2023

The International Call for Entries for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 is now open for all drawing practitioners to submit their work for the exhibition and awards. Widely considered to be the most prestigious annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize presents an exceptionally wide range of current drawing practices, demonstrating the depth and breadth of drawing internationally. 

The International Call for Entries is open to all drawing practitioners worldwide, whether they are emerging, mid-career or established. The exhibition is selected from artworks submitted to Collection Centres located across the UK. The appointed Selection Panel will choose in the region of 90 drawings for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 Exhibition, and Awards of a First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and Student Award of £2,000.

All applicants for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 must register their entry via the ArtOpps portal by 5pm on Monday 17 June 2024.  Drawings are then submitted via a Collection Centre in the UK on specified dates with all entries are seen by the Selection Panel 'in the real'. Information about how to submit work is set out on the entry portal. 

The Exhibition Launch & Awards Announcements will take place on Wednesday 2 October 2024 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. The exhibition will open to the public from Thursday 3 October to Wednesday 16 October 2024 and will then tour until July 2025. Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated Exhibition Publication and an Education Pack. A Drawing Symposium will be held on Thursday 3 October 2024.

The distinguished Selection Panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 will be: Mary Evans, Artist & Director of UCL Slade School of Fine Art, Gary Sangster, Curator & Co-Director of Drawing Projects UK, and Jennifer Scott, Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery. 

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 Selectors (L-R): Mary Evans, Gary Sangster, Jennifer Scott

Mary Evans is an artist with a national and international reputation. Having studied at Goldsmiths and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Evans’s practice is centred on the social, political, geographical and historical frameworks of Diaspora, migration, global mobility and exchange. This cross-cultural discourse is paralleled by a secondary discourse that links methods of image production, ’fine art’ and ‘craft’, decoration, and ornament. In her practice Evans uses brown kraft paper and other disposable materials to interrogate sites, stories, place and belonging often in the form of large-scale site and research responsive installations in an enquiry that explores the power relationships between Africa and Europe while moving across the real and imagined, mapping the ephemeral and un-mappable. The silhouette, a well-known European visual device is utilised to make the Black body visible as a site for historical and contemporary narratives of resilience, mobility, geography, and memory.Recently appointed as the Director of Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Evans was the BA Fine Art course leader at Chelsea College of Arts. As an educator, Evans is invested in challenging barriers to education and widening access to the arts. Evans has taken part in several exhibitions, commissions and residencies in the UK and Internationally including 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou China (2008); Meditations, Baltimore Museum of Art USA (2008); Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA (2010); The Arts & Literary Arts Residency,Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Italy (2014); Still the Barbarians EVA International, Limerick Ireland (2016); Lagos Photo, Lagos Nigeria (2018); 11 Biennial Do Mercosul – Porto Alegre, Brazil (2018); Layers - La Banque Arts Centre, Bethune France (2019); Paper Routes:Women to Watch 2020, NMWA USA (2020); Breathe, META Open Arts, London (2022); Gilt, Zeitz MOCCA Cape Town SA (2023); Rites of Passage, Gagosian London (2023) and Windrush Portraits, John Hansard Gallery Southampton 2023. 

Gary Sangster is an Australian curator whose career includes roles as an art educator, curator, writer, academic, and museum director in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK. Prior to relocating to the UK in 2015, his appointments include Chief Curator, National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Curator, The New Museum, New York, USA; Director, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, USA; Director, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, USA; Director, Headlands, San Francisco, USA; Director, Artspace, Sydney, Australia; and Dean and Director, Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, USA.  He was Curator for the USA pavilions at the 8th Cairo Biennale and the 3rd Istanbul Biennale; and for the biennale-scale 2nd and 3rd Australian Perspecta, and The Decade Show, NYC. He has curated international touring exhibition projects by Mary Kelly, Kerry James Marshall, and Genevieve Cadieux, and commissioned new multi-museum projects by Isaac Julien, Dennis Adams, Joseph Kosuth, Lorna Simpson, Felix Gonzales Torres, Andres Serrano, Tatsuo Myajima, and Judith Barry. Ground-breaking indigenous projects include: Koori Art 84–Urban Aboriginal Art; Two Worlds Collide–The Meeting Points of Aboriginal and Western Culture; and A Certain Place–Landscape and Vision from Black and White Perspectives. Most recently, he was Interim Director of Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, London; and was a Trustee of Arnolfini in Bristol as well as Bath Regional Capital. He is currently Co-Director of Drawing Projects UK and Honorary Research Fellow, University of Dundee. Recent curatorial projects include: UK Curator, Lines of Site / Kazi Izleri /Marques de Jaciment / Marcas di Yacimiento in Istanbul / Dundee / Barcelona / Aksaray; UK Curator, Mairéad McClean – HERE, Belfast; UK Executive Producer, Long Life – Merilyn Fairskye, Sydney; Curator/Producer, Think Tank: Tactics, Thinking Allowed – Connections, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Jennifer Scott has been Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery since April 2017, with responsibility for the artistic vision, management, and strategic leadership of the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. As Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath (2014-2017), she led a successful fundraising campaign for the acquisition of Arthur Atherley by Sir Thomas Lawrence. She championed the Holburne’s collection, leading to the re-attribution of Wedding Dance in the Open Air to Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Boy Blowing Bubbles to David Teniers the Younger. From 2004-2014 Jennifer was Curator of Paintings at Royal Collection Trust. She previously worked at the National Gallery, London and National Museums Liverpool. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on Dutch and Flemish painting. Recent projects include Rubens & Women (Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2023), Rembrandt’s Light (Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2019), Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty (The Holburne Museum, 2017); Impressionism: Capturing Life (The Holburne Museum, 2016); Dutch Landscapes (The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh and London, and The Bowes Museum, 2010-2012), and Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting (The Queen’s Gallery Edinburgh, London, and The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, 2007-2009). She wrote the first survey of state portraiture from within the British Royal Collection, The Royal Portrait: Image and Impact (2010). Jennifer received her BA and MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is Chair of the AFC Wimbledon Foundation, Governor of Alleyn’s School, Committee Member of The Treasure House Fair, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.

Key Dates for the Call for Entries:
8 March 2024:                    Call for Entries Opens
12 June 2024:                    Last day for Registration of Entries
19 June-12 July 2024: Submission of Drawings to Collection Centres (details here)
19 July 2024:                      Announcement of Shortlisted Drawings for Entrants
21 July onwards:              Return of Unselected Works to Collection Centres

Key Dates for the Exhibition & Awards:
2 October 2024:         Exhibition & Publication Launch & Awards Announcement
3 October 2024:         Exhibition open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
3 October 2024:         Drawing Symposium at Trinity Buoy Wharf
16 October 2024:      Exhibition closes at Trinity Buoy Wharf
October-July 2025:  Exhibition tours to multiple venues

Please note that the Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award has a separate Call for Entries and Selection Process that will be launched later in March 2024.

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