The organisers of the Jerwood Drawing Prize are delighted to announce an additional award in association with the 2017 open drawing exhibition. The new award supported by The Evelyn Williams Trust – The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award – will be offered in addition to the First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each of which are supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, worth £10,000, will support an individual artist with a significant track record to develop and realise a body of new drawings for a solo exhibition. The award will result in an exhibition, to be developed over a minimum of a twelve-month period. The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award will assist an artist who will be selected from those included in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition. Eligible artists will be invited to submit a proposal for this exciting new award, which will be reviewed by a selection committee including a Trustee of the Evelyn Williams Trust and the Director of Jerwood Drawing Prize in September 2017.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its national programme Jerwood Visual Arts. Selected from original art works, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize is open to all artists who are based in the UK. Up to 70 drawings will be selected for the 2017 exhibition as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, London, from 13 September – 22 October 2017, before touring nationally. The 2017 selectors are Dr David Dibosa, writer, researcher and Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London, Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island and Michael Simpson, artist.
Online registration for artists entering the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 will close at 5pm on 28 June 2017. Once registered, artists can submit their works through one of the regional collection centres across the UK.