The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Project

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize


The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project is led by Bath Spa University's Professor Anita Taylor. It is the most prominent annual open exhibition of drawing in the UK, open to submission by all artists and makers of drawings resident in the UK.

Founded in 1994 by Anita Taylor and Paul Thomas, it was known as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition until 1996 and known as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition until 2000. From 2000 to 2017, it was supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and known as Jerwood Drawing Prize. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the major benefactor in 2018 and the annual exhibition is now known as the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is open to all drawing practitioners resident in the UK, including established, emerging and student practitioners of drawing.

The call for entries opens in April each year, and up to three drawings may be submitted for consideration by the annually appointed selection panel. Around 65 drawings are selected by the panel of distinguished selectors from a submission of about 3,000 works for the exhibition.

The awards include a First Prize of £8,000, a Second Prize of £5,000, and a Student Prize of £2,000 and are announced at the launch of the exhibition in London each year. The full exhibition then tours widely in the UK, accompanying by an illustrated exhibition catalogue, educational programmes and engagement events in each exhibition venue.

Trinity Buoy Drawing Prize 2018

All applicants for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 must register online by 5pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018 via the application portal. Physical works are then submitted at the nominated collection centre on specified dates. Shortlisted candidates will be announced in late July 2018, and the prizewinners announced in September 2018.

More information abut the project and how to enter may be accessed via the Trinity Buoy Wharf Prize's website.

About Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust

Established in 1998 by the London Docklands Development Corportation (LDDC), the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust uses a percentage of profits from the Wharf's businesses to support arts activity in the East London area. Trinity Buoy Wharf is a bustling and thriving centre for the arts and creative industries, and residents include the Royal Drawing School and The Big Draw.

Credit: Installation view, Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, The Edge at the University of Bath. Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 is led and delivered by Professor Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Photo © Anita Taylor.

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