Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 at Drawing Projects UK - supported by Arts Council England



Drawing Projects UK is delighted to have been supported with public funds by Arts Council England to present the prestigious Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition and associated public engagement programmes at Drawing Projects UK. This funding enables the 25th annual Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition to be shown at Drawing Projects UK, which was initially founded to deliver the annual open drawing exhibition in 2009, and for Drawing Projects UK to be able to open to the public for the first time since lockdown in March 2020.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition includes 71 drawings by 56 practitioners –selected from 4,274 submissions received from across the UK and internationally.  The exhibition was chosen by two independent Selection Panels. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 selectors were: Sophia Yadong Hao, Principal Curator of Cooper Gallery at the University of Dundee; Ian McKeever RA, artist; and Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern. The Working Drawing Award and display 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. The exhibition includes drawings by artists, designers and makers at all stages of their careers - from students to established artists and makers – 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 from works on paper to moving image and sculptural pieces.

The 2020 exhibition marks the third year of support for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and the 25th consecutive annual open drawing exhibition held since it was founded in 1994. It is also the third time the annual open drawing exhibition has been show at Drawing Projects UK. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has been led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor - Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee and founder of Drawing Projects UK - since 1994. 



The support of Arts Council England has facilitated the development of a range of engagement materials and activities alongside the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 at Drawing Projects UK. All are free to join in and accessible online during the exhibition. Drawing Discussions are taking place with Professor Anita Taylor, artists and selectors, including live events and podcasts with Sophia Yadong Hao, Ian McKeever, Mandy Bonnell, Sian Bowen & Simon Granell, Ben Johnson, James Robert Morrison, Hormazd Narielwalla during the last two weeks of the exhibition in October. M.Lohrum will also deliver a performative drawing workshop online for John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge.



Drawing is Free is our Artist-in-Residence at Drawing Projects UK during the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition. Chloe Briggs (aka Drawing is Free) is a British artist based in Paris whose practice focuses on drawing. In 2013, she created the structure - Drawing is Free - to offer people of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to draw together. Building on an Open to Draw residency at Drawing Projects in 2019, Chloe is in virtual residence during the exhibition, making new work and developing and supporting the engagement programme through the Drawing is Free philosophy of 'no experience necessary; all ages and backgrounds welcome'. This activity includes an education pack, online events, and ‘Sunday Prompts’ to draw. 
Drawing is Free has developed three 12-page booklets in association with Drawing Projects UK and Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Director, Anita Taylor. These booklets respond to themes relevant to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition: Education 1: Stories; Education 2: Time; and Education 3: Working. The free Education Pack can be downloaded from the Drawing is Free website so everyone can be inspired by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition, wherever they are! 

Exhibition Publication: The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition catalogue was published by Drawing Projects UK in October 2020. Fully illustrated, with texts by Sophia Yadong Hao, Ian McKeever, Frances Morris, and Anita Taylor, as well as each of the drawing practitioners included in the exhibition.



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 / Isobel Rock / Louise Schmid / Seamus Staunton / Peter Sutton / Wai Yin Ryan Tung / Catrin Webster / Sally Wood / Eleanor Wood / Ayeshah Zolghadr



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

Exhibition Tour: The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition will tour to Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, from 13 November to 19 December 2020; then Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 9 January to 22 January 2021, where the awards will be announced; and The Gallery at Arts University Bournemouth from February 2021 from 18 February to 22 April 2021.


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