Jerwood Selection Announced


Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 Selection Announced

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. It explores and celebrates the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice in the UK.

A total of 60 works by 58 artists, including one collaboration, have been carefully selected for exhibition by a panel made up of Dexter Dalwood, artist; Salima Hashmi, artist, curator and writer; and John-Paul Stonard, art historian. The range of works this year is particularly impressive, with artists testing the limits of their draughtsmanship in exciting ways.

These works will be on show at Jerwood Visual Arts, Jerwood Space from 16 September–25 October 2015.

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 within the UK. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of 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 longevity of the Prize, which has been running since 1994, is a testament to the appetite of the artists who make drawings, and the continued interest of audiences visiting the exhibition, making it one of the most popular shows in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme.

Exhibition Information:

Title: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015
Dates: 16 September–25 October 2015
Address: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN
Opening Times: Mon–Fri from 10am–5pm, Sat & Sun from 10am–3pm
Admission: Free
Nearest Tube: Southwark, London Bridge or Borough
Twitter: #JDP15 @JerwoodJVA

Jerwood Visual Arts will host a series of evening events to accompany the exhibition. Events are free but must be booked in advance, for more information please check the Jerwood Visual Arts website.

“The strange thing about being part of a panel of three judges, who were all coming from very different positions regarding drawing, was just how much we agreed rather than vehemently disagreed. As a panel we looked at over 2,500 works and the variety of drawing was extraordinary.” Dexter Dalwood, July 2015.

The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each, will be announced and awarded to the winning artists at the preview on 15 September 2015. The exhibition will be on display at Jerwood Space, London from 16 September – 25 October 2015, followed by a tour to venues across the UK, including Cheltenham Art Gallery (21 November 2015 – 31 January 2016), Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (11 February – 9 April 2016), and Falmouth Art Gallery (23 April – 25 June 2016).

The Jerwood Drawing Prize project is led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University. It is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its programme of awards, exhibitions and events, Jerwood Visual Arts. 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, until the Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal benefactor in 2001.

Jerwood Visual Arts is a contemporary gallery programme of awards, exhibitions and events hosted at Jerwood Space, London and on tour nationally. Jerwood Visual Arts supports and showcases the work of talented emerging artists and aims to make connections and provoke conversations within and across visual arts disciplines. It is a major initiative of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information visit

Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University has a long and distinguished history. The Bath School of Art was founded in 1852 and has been nurturing the talent of artists ever since. With its rich history and beautiful settings, Bath Spa University is a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project, became the Dean of Bath School of Art & Design in June 2013. She is also an artist and Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney affiliated to Sydney College of the Arts.

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