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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 Call for Entries

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Event History

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 non-UK/International entries and Working Drawing Award entries have a separate entry process/portal.

What Makes this event different?

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 Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 is calling for entries from all drawing practitioners across the UK and internationally. 

This years distinguished selection panel consists of Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York; Dennis Scholl OAM, collector, arts patron and President & CEO of Oolite Arts; Barbara Walker MBE RA, British artist.

Selected artworks will be shown 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. The exhibition will launch on 27 September where all awards and prizes will be announced. 

There is a seperate submission and selection process for the Working Drawing Award, open to all drawing practitioners within architecture, design 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, Screen, and Opera.

The call for entries for the Trinity Bouy Wharf Drawing Prize is open to all drawing pracitioners, established, mid career or emerging in their practice.

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.

Application Deadlines: 

5 June 2023: International & Working Drawing Award Entries Close

30 June 2023: UK Entries Close

Application portals: 

To enter (UK):

To enter (international):



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