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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021: Shortlist Announced

11 August 2021

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will include 101 drawings by 89 artists selected by Sheela Gowda, Artist, Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at National Galleries Scotland, and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London, and 13 drawings by 12 drawing practitioners selected for the Working Drawing Award and display by Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee, Charles O. Job, Designer and Architect, and Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival.

This diverse exhibition of 114 drawings overall reflects a broad scope of current drawing practice by artists, architects, designers, and makers at all stages of their careers- living and working across the four nations of the UK as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, and the USA. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 received 3,300 entries from 1,673 drawing practitioners from 46 different countries for the exhibition and awards of £27,000.

Awards Announcement

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition will launch with the Awards Announcement at Trinity Buoy Wharf on Wednesday 29 September 2021 prior to touring to venues within the UK.

A total prize fund of £27,000 will be awarded:

  • First Prize of £8,000
  • Second Prize of £5,000
  • Student Award of £2,000
  • Working Drawing Award of £2,000
  • Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000

The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award will be awarded to an artist selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 to develop a solo drawing exhibition or project for Hastings Contemporary and will be selected by David Alston MBE, Evelyn Williams Trust, Liz Gilmore, Director of Hastings Contemporary, and Anita Taylor, founding Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Drawing Projects UK.

2021 Shortlist

The 101 drawings shortlisted for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 are by:

Valerie Abadie / Gabriela Adach / Marcelo Albagli / Claire Anscomb / Emily Ball / Federica Beretta / Victoria Clare Bernie / Jackie Berridge / Jules Bishop / Kate Black / Frances Aviva Blane / Caroline Blythe / Su Bonfanti / Georgia Boukla / Gavin Bowyer / Mark Boylan / Ann Bridges / Nell Brookfield / Chris Bruce / Ian Chamberlain / Kristina Chan / Yoonhee Choi / Philippa Clarke / Amy Collins / Karen Conway / Jacquetta Cook / Yvonne Crossley / Andrea Cryer / David Cutts / Hannah Davies / Robert Davies / Bob Deakin / Emma Douglas / Jo Dumpleton / Amy Dury / Jill Eastland / Laura Elkins / Paul Fenner / Fierce Fine Art / Craig Fisher / David Gardner / Zoe Gibson / James Gosling / Euan Gray / James Gregory / Bea Haines / David Haines / Habib Hajallie / Susie Hamilton / Ben Hancocks / Georgia Kitty Harris / Justin Harris / Lia Anna Hennig / Russell Herron / Denise Hickey / Roland Hicks / Harriet Mena Hill / Sandy Horsley / Yvonne Kay / Hannah Kokoschka / Jenny Laskowsky / Gary Lawrence / Cheryl Lewis / Esther Martínez Rey / Fiona Michie / Arianna Tinulla Milesi / Elizabeth Nast / Simon Nicholas / Sofia Nifora / Catherine O'Donnell / Patrick O'Rourke / Steve Payne / Freya Pocklington / Caroline Pool / Selina Pope / Alberto Repetti / Elwina Robinson / Xavier Robles de Medina / Gabriela Schutz / Mark Seely / Katy Shepherd / Mark Shields / Aleksandra Stepien / Natalia Stoyanova / Sam van Strien / Roma Tearne / Freya Thompson / Iva Troj / Rebecca West-Beale

The 13 drawings shortlisted for the Working Drawing Award 2021 are by:

Zahra Akbari Baseri / Joshua Bristow / Marc Brousse / Ian Chamberlain / Sheila Gaffney / Christopher Green / Georgia Kitty Harris / Jessica Heywood / Julie Menelaou / Esha Mittal / Quy Phu Nguyen / Alejandra Pascual

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation as the UK’s most important annual open exhibition of drawing. Led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, the exhibition is known for its promotion and celebration of excellence in contemporary drawing practice.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize provides an important platform for drawing, and for artists, designers, and makers as a catalyst within their careers. The annual exhibitions are selected by a roster of passionate and distinguished drawing experts – artists, architects, curators, designers, writers, and collectors.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, and 2021 marks the fourth year of their generous support for the annual open exhibition, which was founded in 1994.

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, published by Drawing Projects UK, will be available from 29 September 2021.

Header image:

Mark Shields, Sibyl, charcoal on paper, 40 x 27cm, 2021

Mark Shields, Seer, charcoal on paper, 40 x 27cm, 2021

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