From 22nd March – 26th April 2013, the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012: Touring Exhibition will be on display in TheGallery at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) – the only university of five venues chosen to host this renowned exhibition.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Judged by an independent panel of selectors including Stephen Coppel, Curator of the Modern Collection at the British Museum; Kate Macfarlane, Co-Director of The Drawing Room, London; and Lisa Milroy; Artist and Head of Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, the Prize aims to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice in the UK.

From its beginning, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has championed the breadth of contemporary drawing in the UK. From a submission of almost 3,000 entries, the selectors have brought together an exhibition of 78 works from 73 artists. The shortlist includes established artists as well as relative newcomers and students fresh from art colleges.

The selected works were exhibited at Jerwood Visual Arts in September 2012 before touring to four venues across the UK in London, Hastings, Birmingham and Gateshead, with its final stop at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.

The prizes, which were awarded to the winning artists at a ceremony in September 2012, include a first prize of £8,000, second prize of £5,000 and two student awards of £2,000 each.

On Thursday 21st March 2013, TheGallery at AUB is holding the Preview and Formal Opening of Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012: Touring Exhibition from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Professor Stuart Bartholomew, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the AUB will be joined by Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation to formally open the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012: Touring Exhibition. To book a space at the Preview Evening, please contact TheGallery on 01202 363272 or email gallery@aub.ac.uk.

For further information on the exhibition and related events, please visit aub.ac.uk/gallery