The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Art Competition
Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is an annual open exhibition dedicated to drawing. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and exhibition has an established reputation for its commitment to promoting excellence in, and celebrating the breadth of, contemporary drawing practice. This open exhibition is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists and makers in the field with the exhibition launched in London and touring widely in the UK. In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists and makers an influential platform to exhibit their drawings, this longstanding exhibition project has developed new insights into the role and value of drawing in creative practice today. The exhibition is selected from a submission of original artworks by an annually appointed Selection Panel. 

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, supported by a private benefactor, Westland Nurseries, The Summerfield Trust, CHK Charities and the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation. From 2001 to 2017, the exhibition was supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and known as Jerwood Drawing Prize. Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the principal benefactor in 2018 and the annual open exhibition was renamed the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. With Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust as its funding partner, the exhibition returned to its founding principle of being open to entries from drawing practitioners located across the world, and also established a separate category for a Working Drawing Award and display. The Working Drawing Award has a separate application process and entry portal.

Shortlisted drawings will be announced on 19 July 2024.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2024 will launch with the exhibition preview and announcement of the award–winning drawings on 2 October 2024.

Open to: UK & International artists
Entry cost: 1 work: £30, 2 works: £45, 3 works: £55 (students £18/£25/£30)
Deadline: 12th of June 2024 
Prize: First Prize: £8,000
Second Prize: £5,000
Student Prize: £2,000

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