Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017

16 August - 6 October 2018

The final showing of Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 will be at Drawing Projects UK and open to the public from 16 August to 6 October 2018. Selected by Dr David Dibosa, Helen Legg and Michael Simpson from over 2,800 original drawings, 69 drawings by 65 artists will be on display. Founded in 1994, it is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK and was supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation from 2001 to 2017.

Barbara Walker, Exotic Detail in the Margin #2, 2017

Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of UK-based drawing practitioners, from student to established, and as a project helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.

The exhibiting artists are: David Ainley, Elisa Alaluusua, Pam Aldridge, Becky Allen, Kate Aspinall, Adam Bainbridge, Andy Bannister, Helen Barff, Dail Behennah, Kelly Best, Kate Black, Alice Blackstock, Abigail Booth, Becky Brewis, Lucinda Burgess, Eric Butcher, Stephen Carter, Ian Chamberlain, Lewis Chamberlain, Dean Claydon, Susannah Douglas, Dickon Drury, Richard Ducker, Jim Dunkley, James Fowkes, Nigel Frost, Christopher Fry, Lesley Hicks, Jim Hobbs, Marianne Holm Hansen, Caroline Holt-Wilson, Susie Howarth, Ronnie Hughes, Jeremy Hutchison, Julia Hutton, Jonathan Huxley, Alexander Johnson, Ben Johnson, Will Kippax, Jason Lane, Gary Lawrence, Carali McCall, Grace McMurray, Tahira Mandarino, Ana Mendes, Jasone Miranda-Bilbao, Jade Montserrat, Dejan Mrdja, David Murphy, Susan Petticrew, Helen Rawlinson, Giulia Ricci, Fiona G Roberts, Caragh Savage, Carly Seller, Tom Sewell, Laurie Steen, Rebecca Swindell, David Symonds, Sally Taylor, Ben Wade, Barbara Walker, Eleanor Wood, Sally Wood, and Andrea V Wright.

The prestigious first prize of £8,000 was awarded to Gary Lawrence for his monumental drawing Yellow Kalymnos and Fridge Magnets. Ana Mendes was the recipient of the £5000 second prize for her video work, On Drawing. Two Student Awards of £2000 each were awarded to Jade Montserrat and Dejan Mrdja respectively. A new biennial award was made in 2017, with Barbara Walker the first recipient of the newly introduced Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, worth £10,000. Barbara Walker's solo exhibition will be at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings from 19 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, and will include works borrowed from The National Gallery in London supported through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 will complete its tour at Drawing Projects UK, a space for drawing also established by the founding Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize, Anita Taylor. Following 17 significant and successful years of support, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Bath Spa University have announced that 2017 will be Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s final year as the key partner and funder for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. The exhibition project, founded in 1994, will continue to be led and developed by Professor Anita Taylor, at Bath Spa University. The visual arts in the UK has benefited enormously from the prestige of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, which has championed the careers of many emerging and established artists and this legacy will continue as the project moves forward into a new phase with a new supporter.

The next iteration of the open drawing exhibition project was launched as the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize in March 2018. The 2018 exhibition was selected by the artist, Nigel Hall RA; contemporary art dealer, Megan Piper; and Director of the Holburne Museum, Dr Chris Stephens in July 2018. The exhibition launch and announcement of the awards will be in September 2018 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London prior to an exhibition tour within the UK. 

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition at Drawing Projects UK will be accompanied by a programme of Drawing Discussions and Drawing Sessions. The exhibition will be open to the public from 16 August to 6 October on Thursdays to Saturdays from 12noon to 4pm, and by prior arrangement at other times. Please contact us in advance for group visits. Drawing Projects UK is conveniently located for public transport and travel by train in particular; and there are a number of public car parks close by.