Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 - Call for Entries & Selection Panels Announced

The Call for Entries for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 is now open to all drawing practitioners from the UK - and worldwide - to submit their drawings for consideration by a distinguished panel of selectors: Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York; Dennis Scholl AM, Collector, Arts Patron and President & CEO of Oolite Arts, Miami; Barbara Walker MBE RA, British artist.

L-R: Laura Hoptman, Dennis Scholl OAM, Barbara Walker MBE RA (Photo: Chris 

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 Exhibition: 
The Selection Panel will choose drawings from those submitted for an exhibition to be held at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London from 28 September to 15 October 2023 which will then tour to venues in the UK until June 2024. There will be a fully illustrated exhibition publication.
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition will launch on 27 September at Trinity Buoy Wharf when the following Awards, with total value of £27,000, will be announced: First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000, Student Award of £2,000 and the biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000.
There is a separate submission and selection process for the Working Drawing Award of £2,000. This award is open for drawings by architects, designers and makers. It will be selected by Ben Heath, Principal, Grimshaw Architects; Debbie Hillyerd, Senior Director of Learning, Hauser & Wirth; Michael Pavelka, Costume & Set Designer for Stage, Dance, and Opera.

Founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Artist and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee says:
“We are thrilled to announce such a distinguished panel of selectors for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 and for the Working Drawing Award. As we enter the thirtieth year of this open drawing exhibition project, we continue to attract eminent selectors and look forward to seeing drawings submitted from across the world to form an exhibition that will demonstrate the vital role and value of drawing within creative practice today.

L-R: Ben Heath, Debbie Hillyerd (Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke), Michael Pavelka

The International Call for Entries is open to all drawing practitioners worldwide, whether they are emerging, mid-career or established. For practical reasons, there are two separate submission and selection processes for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023: for those based in the UK and for those based outside of the UK who will submit as International Entries; as well as a separate submission process for the Working Drawing Award.

To enter the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 please access the entry portals here.

Key dates for the Call for Entries:

5 June 2023:              International & Working Drawing Award Entries Close 
30 June 2023:            UK Entries Close
20 July 2023:              Announcement of Shortlisted Drawings for Entrants
27 Sept 2023:            Educator's Event & Launch of the Education Pack
28 Sept 2023:            Exhibition & Publication Launch & Awards Announcement
29 Sept 2023:            Exhibition open to the public at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London 
15 Oct 2023:              Exhibition closes at Trinity Buoy Wharf, then touring to venues within UK
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Laura Hoptman is the Executive Director of The Drawing Center in New York, a post she has held since 2018. She has been a curator of contemporary art and a leading participant in the international art conversation for three decades. She came to The Drawing Center after eight years as a curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, an institution where she also began her career in the 1990s as a curator with a specialty in drawing. Among the dozens of exhibitions that Laura has curated include Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, a landmark exhibition of contemporary figurative drawing at MoMA; retrospectives of the work of Yayoi Kusama, Isa Genzken, Henry Taylor, Bruce Conner, Kai Althoff, George Condo and Elizabeth Peyton; as well as the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. More recently at The Drawing Center, Hoptman has organized an historical exhibition of drawings by incarcerated artists, a survey of body prints by David Hammons, and a survey of a recent series of drawings by the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi.

Dennis Scholl AM is the President & CEO of Oolite Arts, a 38-year-old organization dedicated to supporting visual artists in Miami. He has been an art collector for over 45 years, acquiring close to 2000 works of contemporary art during that time period. In the last decade they built one of the largest private collections of Aboriginal Australian contemporary art in the US. Recently, they donated 200 works from this collection as a joint gift to The Met, the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Frost Art Museum in Miami. That was preceded by a gift of 300 works of contemporary art to the Perez Art Museum Miami. Over the last three decades, Scholl created a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of major museums, which resulted in hundreds of patron-funded art acquisitions for Tate Modern, the Guggenheim and Perez Art Museum Miami. He has served on the boards and executive committees of the Aspen Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, among others. He is an Honorary Trustee of the Detroit Institute of Art and a Trustee Emeritus of the Perez Art Museum. He has been named to the annual WESTAF list of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts three times, and along with his wife, Debra, received the National Service in the Arts Award from the Anderson Ranch Art Center. Additionally, he is a practicing artist and a twenty-two times regional Emmy winner for directing documentaries about art and artists, including films about Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Clyfford Still and Frank Gehry. In 2022, he and his wife, Debra, received the Order of Australia Medal for their efforts to bring awareness to and exhibit Aboriginal Australian contemporary art in museums across the United States.

Barbara Walker MBE RA was born in Birmingham, England, in 1964. She studied at the University of Central England and completed post-graduate studies at Wolverhampton University. She lives and works in Birmingham. Her work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. Growing up in Birmingham, her experiences have directly shaped a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging. Her figurative drawings and paintings tell contemporary stories hinged on historical circumstances, making them universally understood and reflecting a human perspective on the state of affairs in her native Britain and elsewhere. Walker was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in December 2022. She was the 2020 Bridget Riley Fellow at the British School at Rome. In 2019 she was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to British Art and in 2017 she exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale as part of the Diaspora Pavilion. In 2017 she received the Drawing Room Bursary Award, and the inaugural Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in association with the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2019 and Jerwood Gallery. She has previously been an artist in residence at Facebook’s headquarters in London. Walker’s recent solo exhibitions include Vanishing Point, Cristea Roberts Gallery (2022); Place Space Who (2019) at Turner Contemporary; Vanishing Point at Jerwood Gallery (2018); Shock and Awe at Midlands Arts Centre (2016). Her works have been included in significant group exhibitions in the UK and internationally, including: Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present (2023); Life Between Islands, Caribbean - British Art, 50s to Now, Tate Britain (2021); Lahore Biennale: Between the Sun and the Moon (2020); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (2019); Protest and Remembrance, Alan Cristea Gallery (2019); Zeichen, MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen (2018); A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (2018); and The Gallery of Small Things, Dakar Biennale, Senegal (2018).

Ben Heath is a Principal at Grimshaw Architects and has been responsible for the design and delivery of a series of multi-award-winning UK and international projects: Bath Schools of Art & Design, the redevelopment of Wimbledon No 1 Court on behalf of the All England Club (AELTC), and Bijlmer Station in Amsterdam. Heading up Grimshaw’s Design Technology Department, Ben has a deep interest in the use of digital tools and how they can enhance the visual and graphic communication of design across all project stages.

Debbie Hillyerd joined Hauser & Wirth Somerset in 2014. As Senior Director of Learning, she oversees the development of Learning and Philanthropy projects across the global Hauser & Wirth organisation. In 2022, Hauser & Wirth Learning partnered with 38 organisations and supported 22 charities internationally, launched 8 new initiatives, and engaged with 150,000 learners worldwide. Prior to her current role, Debbie held an associate lecturing post, teaching Critical Studies, Fine Art and Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University, previously at University of the West of England, Northbrook College and Loughborough University. Her career in education spans over 20 years, during this time she has taught and written on artists’ practice, whilst providing consultancy to many other UK institutions in the education sector.

Michael Pavelka lives in France and is an international set and costume designer for stage, dance and opera. He has designed close to 200 West End, repertory and new writing productions along with classical work for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. His work represented the UK at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and at World Stage Design 2015. He led the Theatre Design course at Wimbledon School of Art for many years and subsequently created the MA Theatre Design course there. Michael co-wrote and then led the MA Drawing [for Purpose] at University of the Arts London in 2013. He is currently director of the design program for Rutgers University, NJ, USA at Shakespeare’s Globe and is author of So You Want to be a Theatre Designer?


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