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:


You will be sent an email by 17 July 2020 to the email address that you used when you registered your work. If you have not received it please check your spam filter.

Longlisted works will need to be brought to Trinity Buoy Wharf for the final selection process on Monday 3 August or to the collection centre selected at the time of entering.  Artists will be notified of the dates and times for these regional collection centres.

A Work Submission Form must be completed and brought with your work, available on the Download/Links. Work labels should be completed and attached securely to the back top right hand corner of each work. 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 at this longlist stage.

If you are entering from outside the UK and your work is longlisted, you will be contacted and advised of the details of the later shortlisting stage for international submissions.


You will be sent an email by 6pm, 5 August 2020 to the email address that you used when you registered your work. If you have not received it please check your spam filter. A list of works will also be listed on this website.


Yes, artists may enter both the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and the Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Prize, however artists may not enter the same artwork for both Prizes.

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 9 July 2020.

No. Entrants are advised to take out their own insurance. Works selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will be insured from 6pm on 5 August 2020.

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 maker 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 your 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) you provide a reusable and robust packing case, or equivalent, for the protection of your work that is designed for safe transportation, handling and storage, and that will not cause damage to other works;

ii) that if you enter work outside of the Rules & Guidelines, it is entered at your 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, you may be required to provide suitable packaging for your 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, once selected, must be accompanied by full hanging instructions and if selected for exhibition you may be required to supply suitable fixings.

v) you accept that their work is uninsured during the submission, selection process, and return of work if unselected.

We recommend 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 works 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.

Your work should be authenticated (signed and dated); this may be done by signing and dating the label on the back of the framed work.

Yes. Artists wishing to submit moving image can select the video upload option on the Work Details and insert the URL for the work.  Please include any password if needed.  Artists are requested to ensure that they remove their name from the video/artwork introduction and credits for judging purposes.

As a student you are eligible for the First and Second Prizes in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize awards, as well as the student award, and the Working Drawing Award if you submitted for this category.

Yes. Please provide your student number and details as requested on the application form.

Yes. However, the Submission and Collection points will only be 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. If your work is not selected for exhibition, please make sure the representative collecting work for you is in possession of your Submission Receipt.

No. Only work made since January 2019 is eligible for entry.

We use an online registration process to reduce paper usage and streamline the application process. If you have difficulties registering online, please contact the Project Manager, Parker Harris, well in advance of the application deadline.

We ask artists to please make arrangements for you, a friend or family member or an art carrier to collect the work on your behalf.  Work not collected will be removed and subject to storage charges.

We cannot guarantee this. 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 point and return it to another, however we ask artists not to change your collection point or return after 9 July 2020.

If your work is selected for the exhibition you will be asked to provide and confirm further information for inclusion in the catalogue by 14 August 2020. This will include a written statement of 300 words, specifically about the drawing(s) included in the exhibition, along with a brief biography of 200 words. You will be sent a template biography to complete if your work is selected for exhibition.


LONDON COLLECTION CENTRE – Works not collected on the collection days for the London Collection will go into storage.  Work not collected by 30 September will be disposed of. 

REGIONAL COLLECTION CENTRE – Works not collected on the set dates will be disposed of.

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(9.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday)

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