The Jerwood Drawing Prize is led by founding Director Professor Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its national programme Jerwood Visual Arts. Selected from original art works, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a 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, and provides those selected with the opportunity to help promote a wider understanding of drawing for future generations. The project was founded in 1994 as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition and was known from 1996 until 2000 as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, until Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal benefactor in 2001. The Jerwood Drawing Prize winners will be announced on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

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The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition will be shown as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 from 13 September – 22 October 2017, before touring to venues across the UK. Exhibiting artists will be invited to a Private View on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at Jerwood Space, London, during which the prizes will be awarded. A full colour illustrated catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.


  • First Prize  – £8000
  • Second Prize  – £5000
  • Two Student Awards  – £2000 each


Dr. David Dibosa

Writer & researcher, Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London

Helen Legg

Director, Spike Island

Michael Simpson



The Jerwood Drawing Prize is open to all artists resident in the UK.

Initial entry is by online registration only. Online registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017. Following online registration, registered artists must then complete the Work Submission Form and Work Labels and hand these in with the drawings at their selected Submission Centre.

Artists may register to enter up to three drawings 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 5pm on 28 June 2017 will be eligible to submit their drawings to the Submission 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 Submission Centre.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is managed by Project Managers, Parker Harris: T: 01372 462190 or email


Artists may submit up to three drawings. Entry fees are listed below. Please note that there is no additional charge for submission via a regional Submission Centre.

Submission Fees

London Submission
Standard Entry: 1 work = £18; 2 works = £23; 3 works = £28
Student Entry: 1 work = £12; 2 works = £16; 3 works = £20

Regional submission
Standard Entry: 1 work = £22; 2 works = £29; 3 works = £36
Student Entry: 1 work = £15; 2 works = £20; 3 works = £25


Submission and Collection Centres
At the time of online registration, artists are required to select their Submission Centre and the return Collection Centre for their work should it not be selected. Please note that artists are unable to change their Submission Centre or Collection Centre after 5pm on 28 June 2017.

Submission of works

The completed Work Submission Form and labelled works should be handed in to the selected Submission 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.

Artists 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 NOTE: You can only enter three works in total.


All artists will be informed by email of the decision by the Selection Panel by Friday 21 July 2017. The email will be from jdp@parkerharris.co.uk. 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 Submission Centre.

If email notification has not been received by Friday 21 July 2017, 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 Managers, Parker Harris by telephone on 01372 462190 or by jdp@parkerharris.co.uk

The selected exhibition will consist of works that in the opinion of the Selection Panel qualify as drawings. The decision of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 Selection Panel is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.


Unselected works will be available for collection from Wimbledon College of Art, London on either Saturday 22 or Monday 24 July 2017, or soon after these dates 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 28 June 2017. 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.

Works not collected on the collection days for the LONDON COLLECTION will go into storage at Art Moves of Chelsea, Blantyre Street, London SW10 0EQ and will be available to collect on Thursday 27 (11am-4pm) and Saturday 29 (12noon-3.30pm) July with a charge of £12 per work per week. After this date, further charges will apply and work not collected 7 August 2017 will be disposed of.

To contact Art Moves of Chelsea, please call 020 7352 7492 or email artmoveschelsea@aol.com.

REGIONAL COLLECTION, works not collected on the set dates will be disposed of.


The Jerwood Drawing Prize will retain all works selected for exhibition until the exhibition at Jerwood Space, London in September 2017 and until the completion of the exhibition and national tour in 2018.

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