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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020

20 April 2020 - 31 December 2020

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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is celebrating its 25th annual exhibition in 2020. In this anniversary year, we are delighted to announce two exciting changes to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize as follows:

The exhibition and awards will be open to applications by emerging, mid-career and established artists and makers from the UK, and internationally; and
The Working Drawing Award, will have an online entry process only and a dedicated expert selection panel, alongside the main entry process and selection panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

The 2020 Exhibition

The annual exhibition of around 65 drawings is selected by a panel of distinguished selectors. There will be a separate display of the Working Drawing Award included within the overall exhibition.The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition will be launched at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London in September 2020 before touring to venues across the UK. A fully illustrated publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition. Shortlisted artists and makers will be invited to the Exhibition Launch and Awards Announcement at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London on 23 September 2020 held at Trinity Buoy Wharf.


  • First Prize: £8000
  • Second Prize: £5000
  • Student Award: £2000
  • Working Drawing Prize: £2000

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 selectors

  • Ian McKeever RA ARTIST

The Working Drawing Award 2020 will be selected by:

Alan Baxter CBE, Engineer & Urban Design

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum

Piers Gough CBE RA, Architect

Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee

The Exhibition selection process

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Prize 2020 exhibition is selected from original drawings. Please note that there is a separate process for the Working Drawing Award (

The two-stage submission process is a temporary measure for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 only, due to current public health restrictions.

The Selection Panel will choose a longlist of works from the online entries. Longlisted drawings are then required to be submitted via regional Collection Centres or directly to Trinity Buoy Wharf in August 2020 for the final selection process. If you are entering from outside the UK and your work is longlisted, you will be contacted and advised of the details of the later shortlisting stage for international submissions.

Drawings shortlisted for the exhibition and awards will be announced after the final selection in August 2020.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing award winners will be announced in September 2020.

Please click How to Enter for further details.

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