Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011

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A total of 73 drawings are brought together in this group exhibition as part of the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.

The works were selected from more than 3,500 submissions by Iwona Blazwick, Director at Whitechapel Gallery; Tim Marlow, writer, broadcaster and Director of Exhibitions at White Cube; and artist Rachel Whiteread.

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. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of UK-based 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 four prize winners received unconditional cash prizes as follows: First Prize of £6,000 Gary Lawrence; Second Prize of £3,000 Jessie Brennan; and Student Awards of £1,000 each: Nicki Rolls and Kristian Fletche.

In 2011 the Jerwood Drawing Prize was run in partnership with Drawing Projects UK. The prize is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its contemporary gallery programme Jerwood Visual Arts. The 20th anniversary of the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition was celebrated in 2014, and in 2015 Jerwood Charitable Foundation marked 15 years of its support for the prize.

Gary Lawrence, Homage to Anonymous, 2011. Image: