About the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Director of Drawing Projects UK and is supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project was founded in 1994 by Anita Taylor and Paul Thomas as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition and was known from 1996 until 2000 as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition. During this period, it was supported by a private benefactor, Westland Nurseries, The Summerfield Trust, CHK Charities and Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. More recently, the exhibition was known as Jerwood Drawing Prize with 17 years of significant support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation from 2001 until 2017. The 10th anniversary special exhibition Drawing Breath was supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Henry Moore Foundation and HongKong Land. The project celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the exhibition Drawn Together at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the principal benefactor in 2018.

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Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust: In 1998 the then owners, London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), set up the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust with a 125-year lease to hold the land and their vision in trust for the people of London, while the freehold was passed to the LB Tower Hamlets. The TBW Trust holds a 125-year lease from LB Tower Hamlets and Urban Space Management in turn has a 124-year lease from the Trust. The terms provide for 25% of the Wharf’s income to be paid to the Trust to use for promoting arts activity in the area. To date the Trust has supported and funded a wide range of arts projects and organisations. Trinity Buoy Wharf is a thriving centre for the arts and creative industries with a rare community of over 500 like-minded people enjoying the unique riverside location. Free from overdevelopment, the site’s fascinating history can still be seen in the buildings, installations, and residents including the Royal Drawing School and The Big Draw.

Professor Anita Taylor is founding Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Project and Drawing Projects UK. An artist, curator, educator and writer, she is Emeritus Professor of Bath Spa University and will be Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee from 1 October 2019. Former academic leadership roles include Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University, Director & CEO of the National Art School in Australia, Dean of Wimbledon College of Art and Director of The Centre for Drawing at University of the Arts London, and Vice Principal of Wimbledon School of Art as an independent Higher Education Institution.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is one of ten Schools of the University of Dundee. It has an outstanding reputation for its teaching, research and public engagement, and a portfolio of Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught programmes within its discipline groupings of Contemporary Art Practice, Communication Design, Design & Craft and Social Digital with a growing cohort of PhD students in Art & Design. It was ranked Number 1 in Scotland for art and design in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Drawing Projects UK was founded to deliver the then Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2009 and is now a centre for drawing and contemporary art in Wiltshire. Situated in a landmark building adjacent to Trowbridge railway station, Drawing Projects UK houses a gallery, project space, studios and workspaces, meeting rooms and café. Drawing Projects UK aims to promote, develop and build a community through drawing in local, regional, national and international contexts through research and public engagement activities. Drawing Projects UK publishes the annual Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition catalogue and delivers public engagement activities for the annual exhibitions.

Evelyn Williams (1929-2012) was a figurative artist whose intense and quietly authoritative paintings, sculptures, reliefs and drawings were produced over a period of seven decades. In 1993, she and her husband created a modestly endowed trust dedicated to promoting the cause of drawing, particularly in art schools. The Trust now has responsibility for the artist’s estate of extant works and desired legacy of support to artists. To this end the Trust is collaborating with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize , Drawing Projects UK, and Hastings Contemporary to offer a biennial award to an artist creating the opportunity for them to make new work and show a resultant exhibition within the programme at Hastings Contemporary .The first Evelyn Williams Drawing Award was offered to Barbara Walker MBE in 2017 in association with the then Jerwood Drawing Prize, with the solo exhibition Vanishing Point being shown at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings (Barbara Walker | Visual Artist | Vanishing Point). The 2019 Evelyn Williams Drawing Award winner was Penny McCarthy whose exhibition will take place at Hastings Contemporary in late 2021 or 2022. The next Evelyn Williams Drawing Award will be made in association with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021.

Parker Harris is the Project Manager of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Parker Harris is one of the leading visual arts consultancies in the UK, creating and managing a range of contemporary visual arts projects, nationally and internationally. Clients include trusts and foundations, SMEs, multinationals, charities, arts organisations and individual artists.

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