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Kelly Chorpening, Tried and Found Wanting, Pencil mark on paper mounted to steel, 2016

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016, selected artists announced

28 July 2016

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Selected from original drawings, the Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice, this year including hand drawn, digital, moving image and sculptural works. 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.

61 works by 55 artists have been selected from 2,537 submissions from across the UK by artist Glenn Brown; Curator and Director, Kupferstich-Kabinett at Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden, Stephanie Buck; and Director, Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson.

The selected artists are: Farina Alam; Nathan Anthony; Rachel Bacon; Jo Barber; Amelie Barnathan; Deborah Boyd Whyte; Nici Bungey; Caroline Burraway; Lewis Chamberlain; Jade Chorkularb; Kelly Chorpening; Malgorzata Dawidek; James Eagle; Kristian Evju; Kate Fahey; Mike FitzGerald; Gillian Foot; Christopher Fry; David Gardner; Susan Gilmore; Gill Gregory; Nicola Grellier; Heather Hancock; Michael Hancock; Summer Howard; Julia Hutton; Bruce Ingram; Adriana Ionascu; Lottie Jackson-Eeles; Anna-Sofie Jespersen; Ben Johnson; Helen Jones; Tae Yeon Kim; Samuel Little; Jude Lunn; Penny McCarthy; Shona McGovern; Richard McVetis; Catrin Morgan; Eleanor Morgan; Craig Morris; Marion Piper; Messua Poulin-Woiff; Tyler Reed; Raji Salan; Annie Samuel; Solveig Settemsdal; Martyn Simpson; Helen Thomas; Kevin Tole; Thomas Treherne; Kazuya Tsuji Vandana; David Winthrop; and Aishan Yu.

Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its programme of awards, exhibitions and events, Jerwood Visual Arts, Jerwood Drawing Prize is a unique initiative led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor (Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University). In offering emerging, mid-career and established artists a national platform to exhibit their work, the exhibition has established a reputation for supporting excellence and the development of new insights into the role and value of drawing in artistic practice today.

The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each, will be announced and awarded at the preview on 13 September 2016. The exhibition will be on display at Jerwood Space, London from 14 September – 23 October 2016, followed by a national tour to The Edge, Bath (4 November – 16 December 2016), Turnpike Arts Centre, Leigh (14 January – 12 March 2017), and The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth (30 March – 29 April 2017).

One thing that troubled me repeatedly throughout the discussion and selection was wondering whether one of my drawings would qualify if it was put into this rigorous and cruel competition? How would my drawing measure up? So, since being judge, I always try to mentally place the drawings I am making into the context of the prize. Which so far leaves me feeling: no, that wouldn’t make it, it’s not good enough, it’s not relevant and it’s too stuck in the past. The major effect the prize has had on me is to greatly improve my own drawings by giving me new critical faculties in judging them.” Selector Glenn Brown.

 

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