Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016


Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016: Call for entries

Celebrating the excellence of contemporary drawing in the UK

Deadline for online registration: Monday 27 June 2016, 5pm.
Initial entry is by online registration only.

Artists are invited to submit entries for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016, the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is led by Professor Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its national programme Jerwood Visual Arts. Selected from original art works, it has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.

This open exhibition is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists in the field, and provides those selected with the opportunity to help promote a wider understanding of drawing for future generations.

The 2016 selectors are Glenn Brown, artist; Stephanie Buck, Director of Kupferstich-Kabinett at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; and Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is open to all UK based artists working with drawing; from students to established artists.  The selectors will bring together up to 70 original works for an exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme; to be shown at Jerwood Space, London, from 14 September – 23 October 2016, before touring to venues across the UK.

The prizes, which will be awarded to the winning artists at a private ceremony on 13 September 2016, are a First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each.

Online registration for artists entering the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 will close at 5pm on 27 June 2016. Once registered, artists are invited to submit their works through one of the regional collection centres.

For further details and to register online please visit:

Selector biographies

Glenn Brown is a British artist, best known for using art historical references in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artist’s works, Glenn Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position and size. He has recently paused from painting and has become preoccupied with drawing in a range of media and surfaces, exploring many new directions for his art and sources. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including at Jerwood Space, London (1999), Serpentine Gallery, London (2004); Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008); Tate Liverpool, England (2009), Rennie Collection, Vancouver (2013), and the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles (2016). He has a forthcoming solo show at the Rembrandt House, Amsterdam (2017). His work is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and London and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.

Stephanie Buck is the Director of the Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden, Germany, one of the world’s oldest and largest collections of drawings, prints and photography. From 2006 – 2015 she lived and worked in London as the Curator of Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery where she curated numerous exhibitions and coordinated the research activities of the IMAF Centre for the Study and Conservation of Drawings. She held previous positions in museums and universities in Berlin, Frankfurt and New York. A particular focus of her research is Northern European prints and drawings.

Paul Hobson is the Director of Modern Art Oxford, which has an international reputation for cutting-edge exhibitions of modern and contemporary visual art. He joined as Director in August 2013, following six years as Director of the Contemporary Art Society and former senior roles at the Showroom Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, London. Paul read History at Oxford University and holds postgraduate degrees in Aesthetics and Contemporary Visual Theory and Arts Management.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is led by its founding Director Professor Anita Taylor at Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its national programme Jerwood Visual Arts as a joint initiative. 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 Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal benefactor in 2001.

Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission and present new work. Artist opportunities run throughout the year alongside a programme of related exhibitions, events and commissioned writing taking place online, in London and across the UK.

For all enquiries please contact project managers, Parker Harris:
Tel: 01372 462190

Twitter: #JDP16 @JerwoodJVA

Images from 2015 exhibition:

Gabriela Schutz, My Blog, Acrylic and watercolour on paper

Gabriela Schutz, My Blog, Acrylic and watercolour on paper

Julie Cockburn, The Mother Ship, ink and embroidery on found photograph

Julie Cockburn, The Mother Ship, ink and embroidery on found photograph

Nina Fowler, Small II, Pencil on paper, Cardborundum, wood

Nina Fowler, Small II, Pencil on paper, Cardborundum, wood


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