Please read the FAQs below for the commonly asked questions. If you are still unsure please contact the Project Managers, Parker Harris: Telephone: 020 3653 0896 Email:



No. If you register more works than you eventually submit, unfortunately no refunds will be offered.

Yes. The online application portal will allow you to increase the number of work you wish to submit before the deadline on 27 June 2018.

No. Artists are advised to take out their own insurance. Works selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will be insured from 5pm on the final day of selection, 18 July 2018.

The maximum size drawing accepted for submission is 2.4m in the largest dimension, including frame.

No. We do not specify what media work should be made in. The nature of the exhibition is to generate debate about contemporary drawing practice and therefore work in any media is eligible for entry, if the artist considers it as drawing. Whilst debate about contemporary drawing practice is encouraged, the decision of the Selection Panel is final and binding.

The conditions of entry state that work should be framed. This is a standard measure to ensure that the delicate surfaces of the submitted drawings are protected in the normal course of handling and display.

If there is a genuine aesthetic reason for the work to remain unframed, the entry will be accepted subject to the following conditions:
i) the artist is required to provide a reusable and robust packing case or equivalent for the protection of the work which will withstand exhibition transportation across the national tour;
ii) the artist accepts that if they enter work outside of the Rules & Guidelines, it is entered at their own risk. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will not accept any liability for any loss or damage that may occur in the normal course of handling.
iii) if selected for exhibition, artists may be required to provide suitable packaging for their work while in storage and during transportation throughout the exhibition and tour, or to provide a frame or other means of presentation as recommended by the organisers.
iv) works that cannot be mirror plated must be accompanied by full hanging instructions and if selected for exhibition the artist may be required to supply suitable fixings.
v) the entrant accepts that their work is uninsured during the submission, selection process, and return of work if unselected.


We advise that well-made, durable wooden frames are used. These types of frames ensure that the surface of your work is protected, and are robust enough to withstand transportation, handling and fixtures for hanging.

Please note that some frame finishes (such as gesso, lacquer, etc) are fragile and are not durable for handling purposes. If you decide to present your work in these types of frames, we strongly recommend you wrap the frame edges in stretch wrap film. Perspex frames should be submitted in a packing case for additional protection. Metal frames and clip frames are not allowed as these can cause injuries during the normal course of handling.

All metal projections can damage other work whilst in storage, and we require that you remove them as a matter of respect for other people’s work.

No. We ask for composite works to be presented in a single frame to ensure that the Selection Panel is presented with the work in its entirety.

Yes, but if you have already framed your work and do not want to remove the frame, or you do not wish to sign and date the front of your work because it interferes with the image, please sign and date the back of the frame.

Yes. Artists wishing to submit moving image works must submit them 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. These can be posted along with your Work Submission Form to: Parker Harris, 15 Church Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 8QS and must arrive by 6 July 2018.

As a student you are eligible for both the main prizes and the student award.

Yes. However, the Submission and Collection Centres are only open on specific dates, so you MUST arrange for a representative to deliver and/or collect your work for you when the centres are open. The representative collecting work for you MUST be in possession of your Submission Receipt.

No. Only work made since January 2017 is eligible for entry.

No. Only artists currently resident in the UK are eligible for entry.

We are using an online registration process to reduce our paper usage and streamline the application process. If you are unable to register online, please contact the Project Managers well in advance of the application deadline.

Please see the Submissions & Collections Timetable PDF in the Downloads/Links section of this website. Please note that Submission Centres will only receive your work on the dates and times specified.

Here are the dates you need:


LONDON Trinity Buoy Wharf 64 Orchard Place London E14 0JYThursday 12 July: 12 – 6pm Fri 13 July: 12 – 6pm Sunday 15 July: 11am – 4pmSunday 22 July: 11am – 4pm Monday 23 July: 12 – 6pm Tuesday 24 July: 10am– 4pm
ABERYSTWYTHAberystwyth School of Art, Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1NGThursday 5 July 9.30am – 4.30pm Thursday 26 July 9.30am – 4.30pm
BATHBath School of Art and Design Bath Spa University Sion Hill Bath BA1 5SF Tuesday 10 July 12 – 4pm Friday 27 July 12 – 4pm
BELFASTBelfast School of Art, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED Friday 6 July 12noon - 4pmTuesday 24 July 12noon - 4pm
CHELTENHAMVan outside: University of Gloucestershire Hardwick Campus St Paul's Road CHELTENHAM Gloucestershire GL50 4BS TBCTBC
GLASGOWCentre for Contemporary Arts The Cinema 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3JDMonday 9 July: 10am - 5pmFriday 27 July 10am – 5pm
Kingston upon ThamesKingston School of Art Grange Road Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ Tuesday 10 July
 10am - 2pmFriday 20 July
 10am - 2pm
LEEDSThe Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ Sunday 8 July 11am – 4pm Saturday 21 July 11am – 5pm
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNEFine Art Department, King Edward VII Building (King's Road Entrance) Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU Monday 9 July 10am – 4pm Monday 30 July 10am – 4pm
NORWICHVan: Outside Colman House University of East Anglia Earlham Road Norwich NR4 7TJ Tuesday 10 July
 10am - 12noonFriday 20 July
 10am - 12noon
PLYMOUTHMain reception Plymouth College of Art Tavistock Place Plymouth PL4 8ATFriday 6 July
 11am - 3pmMonday 23 July
 11am - 3pm

• Please note that all Submission and Collection dates and times may be subject to change.
• For instructions and information on submission of work please refer to the RULES AND GUIDELINES section on the website.

All artists will be informed by email of the Selection Panel’s decision by Thursday 19 July 2018. The email will be from: Subsequently, the names of those artists selected for exhibition will appear in the Downloads/Links section of this website around this time. If email notification has not been received by Friday 20 July 2017, or your name does not appear on the list, your work has not been selected and will need to be collected. Works not collected on the specified dates detailed in the Submissions & Collections Timetable and the artist will be liable for storage charges.

Works not collected by xx will be disposed of at the discretion of the organisers/storage company.

No. Works will not be wrapped for collection following the selection process, unless specific travel frames or cases are provided.

Yes. It is possible to submit your work to one Collection Centre and return it to another, however you may not change your Collection Centre or return after Wednesday 27 June 2018.

If your work is selected you will be asked to provide and confirm further information for inclusion in the catalogue by 31 July 2018. This will include a written statement about the drawing(s) included in the exhibition of c300 words along with a brief biography of c200 words. You will be sent a template biography to complete if your work is selected for exhibition.

Help & Support

Please read the FAQs for the commonly asked questions. If you are still unsure please contact the Project Managers, Parker Harris:

020 3653 0896(9am - 5pm Monday to Friday)

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