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Graduates shortlisted for drawing prize – Bath Spa University

Graphic Design graduates shortlisted for prestigious drawing prize

Monday, 31 October, 2022

Two Bath Spa University graduates have had their artwork shortlisted for the revered Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and exhibition which is now touring.

Drawings by Olivia Hicks (BA Graphic Design, 1993) and Tom Mole (BA Graphic Design, 2000) were shortlisted in the Working Drawing Award category, which celebrates the role of drawing within architecture, design and making processes.

The entire competition received more than 3,200 submissions from 1,600 candidates. Leading figures from the art world whittled the work down to 113 drawings by 94 artists, of which 21 drawings by 19 practitioners were shortlisted for the Working Drawing Award.

Danie Mellor, panel judge and artist, said:

“The works entered by artists for this year’s Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize made for exhilarating viewing. The range of drawings exploring both familiar and innovative approaches to image making presented a welcome challenge in the process of judging. It is abundantly evident that drawing continues to be an exciting and vital medium in contemporary artistic practice.”

All of the shortlisted and award-winning works have now formed the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2022 exhibition, which opened at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London on 29 September and is currently touring venues across the UK.

Members of the public can view the works at the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery in Basingstoke until 22 January 2023.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is known as the UK's most prestigious annual open exhibition for drawing, with the aim of celebrating contemporary drawing practice and to showcase the excellence and originality of the medium by artists from all around the world, at all stages of their careers.

The exhibition provides an important platform for artists, designers, makers and other drawing practitioners as a catalyst within their careers, and champions the role, breadth, and value of drawing in creative practice today.

Image: Drawing by Tom Mole

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