The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is led by founding Director Professor Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University and supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust. 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 project was founded in 1994 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.
Shortlisted exhibitors will be announced in July 2018. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize winners will be announced in September 2018.
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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition will be launched at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London in September 2018, before touring to venues across the UK. Shortlisted artists will be invited to the awards announcement at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. A full colour illustrated catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.
We’re delighted to announce that there will be an additional £1000 Prize for a ‘working drawing’ – a preparatory drawing for a project or work to be realised in any form.
The annual exhibition of around 65 drawings is selected by a panel of distinguished selectors.
Nigel Hall RA
Nigel Hall lives and works in London. He undertook an MA at the Royal College of Art, followed by a Harkness Fellowship in USA, 1967-69. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 2003, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts London in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, 2018; Heidelberg Sculpture Park, 2017; Annely Juda Fine Art, London, 2016; Galerie Alvaro Alcazar, Madrid, 2015; Royal Academy of Arts London, 2011; Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg, 2010; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2008; and Kunsthalle Mannheim, 2004. His work is held in public collections including: Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum; Tel Aviv Museum; Louisiana Museum; Humlebaek, Denmark; Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris; and the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.
Contemporary Art Dealer
Megan Piper has worked in the art world since she graduated in 2008. She first worked for Momart, the fine art handler, coordinating the logistical side of exhibitions for galleries, including White Cube, Gagosian and Serpentine. She opened her first gallery, The Piper Gallery, in Fitzrovia in 2012. Since the premises closed, she has continued her programme with short-term gallery spaces in Mayfair and St James's. In 2014, she co-founded The Line - a public art project that links the Olympic Park and The O2.
Dr Chris Stephens
Director of The Holburne Museum
Chris Stephens has been Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since July 2017. Before that he worked at the Tate in London for twenty-one years, for much of that time as Head of Displays at Tate Britain and Lead Curator of Modern British Art. His numerous exhibitions include some of the Tate’s most successful shows, such as ‘Barbara Hepworth: Centenary’ at Tate St Ives in 2003 and, in London, ‘Francis Bacon’ (2008), ‘Henry Moore’ (2010), ‘Picasso and British Art’ (2012) and ‘David Hockney’ (2017). As a leading expert on modern British art, he has published extensively and his book on art in St Ives, Cornwall 1939-75 will be published later this year.
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is open to all drawing practitioners resident in the UK.
Initial entry is by online registration only. Online registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018. Following the online registration, those registered must then complete the Work Submission Form and Work Labels and hand these in with the drawings at their selected Collection Centre.
Up to three drawings may be registered by each applicant for consideration by the Selection Panel.
Before registration artists are asked to carefully read the Rules & Guidelines, as all entrants will be asked to confirm acceptance of these during the online entry process.
During online registration, each registered artist will be provided with a unique reference number in their confirmation email that will need to be included on the Work Submission Form and Work Labels. Only artists who have registered online by the deadline will be eligible to submit their drawings to the Collection Centre.
The Work Submission Form and Work Labels are available on the Download/Links page of this website. Work labels should be completed and attached securely to the back top right hand corner of each work. Completed Work Submission Forms should be handed in with the drawings at the Collection Centre.
The Project Manager for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Parker Harris, may be contacted on: T: 020 3653 0896 or email: email
Applicants may submit up to three drawings. Entry fees are listed below. Please note that there is no additional charge for submission via a regional Collection Centre.
Standard Entry: 1 work = £20; 2 works = £30; 3 works = £40
Student Entry: 1 work = £15; 2 works = £20; 3 works = £25
At the time of online registration, applicants are required to select their Collection Centre for the submission of their work and the return of their work should it not be selected. Please note that applicants are unable to change the Collection Centre for the submission and return of their work after the deadline, 5pm on 27 June 2018.
Submission of works
The completed Work Submission Form and labelled works should be handed in to the selected Collection Centre on the specified days only. For further details about hand in venues and dates, check the Submission & Collection Timetable in the Downloads/Links section of this website.
Applicants wishing to submit moving images must submit their work in MP4 or AVI format on a non-returnable USB memory stick. The duration of each work submitted must be clearly indicated on the work submission form. Please send your USB memory stick(s) to Parker Harris at 15 Church Street, Esher KT10 8QS by Friday 6 July 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: You can only enter three works in total.
All applicants will be informed by email of the decision by the Selection Panel by Thursday 19 July 2018. The email will be from firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Work Numbers of selected works for exhibition will appear in the General Info section of this website at this time.
Work Numbers can be found on the Submission Receipt, which artists will receive when handing in their work at the Collection Centre.
If email notification has not been received by Friday 20 July 2018, or your Work Number does not appear on the list of selected works, your work has not been selected and will therefore need to be collected. If you do not receive an email or you are unable to view the accepted list online, please contact the Project Manager, Parker Harris by telephone on 020 3653 0896 or by email at email@example.com
The selected exhibition will consist of works that in the opinion of the Selection Panel qualify as drawings. The decision of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 Selection Panel is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
Unselected works will be available for collection from Trinity Buoy Wharf, London on either Sunday 22, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 July 2018, or from the Regional Collection Centres as advertised. For further details regarding all dates and times, please check the Submissions & Collections Timetable PDF in the Downloads/Links section of this website. Please note that it is not possible to change your Collection Centre after 5pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018. Please note, works will not be wrapped after the selection process unless specific packing cases are provided for the work at the time of submission.
LONDON COLLECTION – Works not collected on the collection days for the London Collection will go into storage with Art Moves of Chelsea at Chelsea Self Storage, Blantyre Street, London, SW10 0EQ. incurring charges of £12.00 per work. Works will be available to collect on Tuesday 31 July (11am – 4pm) and Saturday 4 August (12 noon – 3.30pm) After these dates charges will increase by £12.00 per work, per week, with collection by appointment only. Work not collected by 31 August will be disposed of. To contact Art Moves of Chelsea please call 020 7352 7492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Art Moves of Chelsea will not be able to accommodate any works over 1.80m or any sculptural works.
REGIONAL COLLECTION – Works not collected on the set dates will be disposed of.
All works selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 will be retained for the exhibition and duration of the national tour in 2018-19.
|27 JUNE, 5PM||DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION|
|6 JULY 2018||DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING MOVING IMAGE ENTRIES|
|5 - 10 JULY 2018||REGIONAL SUBMISSION DATES|
|12,13 & 15 JULY 2018||LONDON SUBMISSION AT TRINITY BUOY WHARF|
|19 JULY 2018||ARTISTS NOTIFIED OF SELECTION|
|22, 23 & 24 JULY 2018||LONDON HAND OUT OF UNSELECTED WORK|
|21 - 30 JULY 2018||REGIONAL HAND OUT OF UNSELECTED WORK|
|SEPTEMBER 2018||TRINITY BUOY WHARF EXHIBITION AND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT|
|SEPTEMBER 2018 - AUGUST 2019||NATIONAL TOUR|
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