Jerwood Drawing Prize

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Artists are invited to submit entries for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

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 Jerwood Drawing Prize is open to all artists who are based in the UK to submit their drawings. Up to 70 drawings will be selected for the exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, London, from 13 September – 22 October 2017, before touring to venues across the UK.

The 2017 selectors are Dr David Dibosa, writer, researcher and Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London, Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island and Michael Simpson, artist. They will create an exhibition that explores and celebrates the excellence and range of current drawing practice in the UK. The prizes, which will be awarded at a private ceremony on 12 September 2017, are a First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The organisers of the Jerwood Drawing Prize are delighted to announce an additional award in association with the 2017 open drawing exhibition – The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, worth £10,000. Supported by The Evelyn Williams Trust, this will be awarded to an individual artist selected for the 2017 Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition. The award will support the artist to develop a new body of drawings over a minimum twelve-month period, in preparation for a solo exhibition.  Artists selected for the 2017 exhibition and with a significant track record of exhibitions or equivalent, will be invited to apply.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a joint initiative, led by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.