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Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021- Call for Entries & Selectors Announced

19 April 2021 - 17 June 2021


We are delighted that the Call for Entries for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition and awards is now open. The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project has been led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, since 1994 and supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust since 2018.

The exhibition is open to emerging, mid-career and established drawing practitioners located across the UK and internationally, and around 65 drawings will be selected for the touring exhibition by distinguished selection panels. The awards include the First Prize (£8,000), Second Prize (£5,000), Student Award (£2,000), and Working Drawing Award (£2,000). The biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000 will also be awarded in 2021, which supports a selected artist with a significant track record to develop and realise a body of new drawings for a solo exhibition or new exhibition installation otherwise based on their drawing practice to be presented at Hastings Contemporary.

Selection Panel

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 Selection Panel comprises: Sheela Gowda, Artist; Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Galleries of Scotland; and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery.

The Working Drawing Award has a separate submission process and the selection panel comprises: Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee; Charles O. Job, Designer & Architect; and Paul Finch OBE, Programme Director, World Architecture Festival.

The Evelyn Williams Drawing Bursary will be selected by David Alston MBE, Evelyn Williams Trust; Liz Gilmore, Director, Hastings Contemporary; and Anita Taylor, Director, Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.


Online registrations for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 are open until 5pm on 17 June 2021. There will be a two-stage selection process for main exhibition and awards, with long-listing taking place after 17 June 2021 and drawings delivered to a Collection Centre in the UK during July. More information is available on the Entry Portal about the submission and selection process.

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