Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 in London from 9-22 January 2021

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 installed at Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 installed at Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 Exhibition and Awards Announcement at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 9 to 22 January 2021.

Sadly, the exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf will no longer be open to the public due to the ongoing public health restrictions. The Awards Announcement will take place on the evening of Wednesday 13 January 2021 as part of the daily online programme of events from 9 January 2021 to 22 January 2021. There is more information about the online events programme, including how to register for the Awards Announcement, here. We are making an interactive virtual exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf which will be available to explore online soon. 

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize received a record-breaking number of entries in 2020. The volume and quality of artworks submitted by creatives from 42 countries around the world made the selection more challenging than ever for this year’s selection panel – Ian McKeever RA, artist, Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, and Sophia Yadong Hao, Principal Curator of Cooper Gallery, Dundee. The Working Drawing Award was selected by Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, Piers Gough CBE RA, Architect, and Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee.

From 4,274 entries, 71 works by 56 drawing practitioners were selected – making the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition a ‘must see’ for everyone interested in drawing, contemporary art, design, and architecture today. The exhibition includes works by artists, architects, designers, and makers at all stages of their careers - from students to established practitioners - located across the UK, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and Turkey. The selected works create a diverse exhibition that reflects a broad scope of contemporary drawing practice.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 Exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, Poplar, London E14 0JW: The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize will be open to the public with advanced booking from 9th January to 22nd January 2021. The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of online and in situ events, held in The Chainstore at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Leading industry professionals will present talks and workshops that celebrate drawing, explore its role, and encourage everyone to participate. Before you head out: please note that booking is required (booking info will be available here soon). If London is in Tier 3 or 4, the exhibition will be available to see virtually on our website and a number of outdoor experiences and activities will go ahead on site at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition includes drawings by: Becky Allen, Setenay Alpsoy, Lucy Anderson, Iain Andrews, Anna Barratt, Akash Bhatt, Nigel Bird, Andy Black, Carolyn Black, Mandy Bonnell, Siân Bowen & Simón Granell, Rebecca Bramwell, Simon Brewster, Chris Bruce, Camilla Brueton, Nina Chua, Mark Clay, Bob Deakin, Joe Dean, Demeter Dykes, Yutavia George, Tricia Gillman, Nicola Grellier, Nancy Haslam-Chance, Laura Jacobs, Christopher Jones, Sandy Kendall, Frank Leuwer, Cheryl Lewis, M. Lohrum, Rae Fior Lowe, Kay McCrann, Helena McGrath, Holly Mills, R & F Mo, James Robert Morrison, Hormazd Narielwalla, Ruth Richmond, Isabel Rock, Louise Schmid, Seamus Staunton, Peter Sutton, Wai Yin Ryan Tung, Catrin Webster, Sally Wood, Eleanor Wood and Ayeshah Zolghadr

The Working Drawing Award and exhibition display within Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 includes drawings by: Jeanette Barnes, Myyen Dang, Rachel Duckhouse, Malcolm Franklin, Jack Green, Ben Johnson, Zihao Mei and Savvas Papasavva

The Awards Announcement: The 2020 Awards will be announced at Trinity Buoy Wharf on Wednesday, January 13th at 7pm by Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern as part of the online exhibition preview from 6pm (please register for the online event here).

First Prize: £8000
Second Prize: £5000
Student Award: £2000
Working Drawing Award: £2000

"Drawing, so often assigned by history to the small scale, the preparatory, and the diaristic, is revealed in this prize as the most expansive and dynamic of practices, capable of recording both the intimacy and solitude of living through lockdown as well as the heightened emotions and dramas of this deeply troubled world." 
Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, a selector for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020