The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and led by its founding Director Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee and Director of Drawing Projects UK. Selected from original artworks, 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 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 the new 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. For practical reasons, the submission process for Entries from the UK, International Entries and Working Drawing Award Entries each have a separate entry process/entry portal.
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition will be launched at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London on 28 September 2023 and will then tour to a number of venues across the UK. Everyone with drawings selected for the exhibition will be invited to the private Awards Ceremony at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London on 28 September 2023. A fully illustrated publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition.
Launch of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023
Thursday 28 September 2023
6pm – 8.30pm
Trinity Buoy Wharf
64 Orchard Place
London E14 0JY
Exhibition Open to the Public:
Friday 29 September – Sunday 15 October 2023
The Buoy Store, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 0JY
Followed by an exhibition tour, venues to be announced shortly.
The exhibition of around 75 drawings will be selected by a panel of distinguished selectors:
Laura Hoptman, Executive Director, The Drawing Center New York
Dennis Scholl OAM, Collector & Arts Patron
Barbara Walker MBE RA, Artist
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE DRAWING CENTER NEW YORK
Dennis Scholl OAM
Collector & Arts Patron
Barbara Walker MBE RA
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 is open to all drawing practitioners worldwide.
Please note that there is a different and separate entry process for entrants submitting drawings to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 from within the United Kingdom and for those based in other countries. This is the Entry Portal and Entry Process for International Entries – for those entrants who are not based in the UK (if you are entering from within the UK please register here).
There is a two-stage selection process for International Entries – those based outside of the UK. As drawings selected for the final exhibition are chosen from actual drawings and not from digital reproductions, a two-stage process has been implemented for drawings entered from overseas.
Stage 1 Entry Process (for international entries):
Stage 2 Entry Process (for international entries):
Entrants are asked to carefully read the Rules & Guidelines and will be asked to confirm acceptance of these rules and guidelines during the online registration and submission process. Only entrants who have been notified that their drawings will progress to Stage 2 of Selection Process will be eligible to submit their drawings to a Collection Centre in the UK.
The Project Manager for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Parker Harris, may be contacted by email: email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: Entrants are welcome to submit drawings for both the Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award AND the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition.
Works submitted to the Stage 2 Selection Process for International Entries may not be selected for the final exhibition by the Selection Panel. If your work is not selected the following arrangements apply for the collection of unselected works from the Collection Centres within the UK. The Project Manager, Parker Harris, will also be able to advise International entrants on collection by couriers.
Unselected works will be available for collection from Trinity Buoy Wharf in person in London on either Friday 21 July or Saturday 22 July 2023, or from the Regional Collection Centres at dates and times as advised. For further details regarding all dates and times, please check the Submissions & Collections Timetable PDF in the Downloads/Links section of this website. Please note that it is not possible to change your Collection Centre after 5pm on Monday 30 June 2023. Please note, works will not be wrapped after the selection process unless specific re-usable packing cases are provided for the work at the time of submission.
If you are unable to collect your work in person you must either send a prepaid shipping label and customer forms or arrange for a courier to collect work from Art Moves of Chelsea between Wednesday 26 July 12pm – 3pm and Saturday 29 July 12pm -3pm or by appointment between these dates.
LONDON COLLECTION CENTRE – Works not collected on the collection days for the London Collection Centre will go into storage with Art Moves of Chelsea at Chelsea Self Storage, Blantyre Street, London, SW10 0EQ, incurring charges of £50 per work. Works will then be available to collect by appointment only. Work not collected by 31 August 2023 will be disposed of by Art Moves of Chelsea. To contact Art Moves of Chelsea please call 020 7352 7492 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Art Moves of Chelsea will not be able to accommodate any works over 1.8m or any 3-dimensional works.
REGIONAL COLLECTION CENTRES – Works not collected on the set dates will be disposed of as our Regional Collection Centres have no storage facilities.
Applicants may submit up to three drawings. Entry fees are listed below. Please note that while international entrants are required to organise and pay for shipping to the UK, there is no additional charge for submission (and return) to one of the Collection Centres in the UK.
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition will consist of works that in the opinion of the Selection Panel qualify as drawings. The decision of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 Selection Panel is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
Standard Entry: 1 work = £25; 2 works = £35; 3 works = £45
Student Entry: 1 work = £15; 2 works = £20; 3 works = £25
All works selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 will be retained from the point of selection and throughout the duration of the exhibition and tour from July 2023 to July 2024.
Please note after the completion of the exhibition tour you will be required to collect any unsold work for Art Moves of Chelsea on a date to be confirmed.
|SITE OPENS FOR REGISTRATION OF ENTRIES||6 March 2023|
|DEADLINE FOR ONLINE SUBMISSION for INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS||5 June 2023, 5pm (GMT)|
|STAGE 1: INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS NOTIFIED OF SELECTION PANEL DECISION||12 June 2023|
|STAGE 2: LONGLISTED DRAWINGS (INTERNATIONAL ONLY)|
|DELIVERY of WORKS to LONDON COLLECTION CENTRE at TRINITY BUOY WHARF (if drawing selected to progress to Stage 2)||14, 15, 16 July 2023|
|STAGE 2 ENTRANTS NOTIFIED OF SELECTION PANEL DECISION||20 July 2023|
|COLLECTION CENTRE FOR UNSELECTED WORK - LONDON||21 & 22 July 2023|
|TRINITY BUOY WHARF DRAWING PRIZE 2023 EXHIBITION AT TRINITY BUOY WHARF IN LONDON||28 September to 15 October 2023|
|TRINITY BUOY WHARF DRAWING PRIZE 2023 - EXHIBITION TOUR||October 2023 to July 2024|
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