Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition

Exhibition in TheGallery

12 March -– 23 April 2015

TheGallery presents the Jerwood Drawing Prize, hosted at AUB for the third time. In 2006 TheGallery was the first venue in the South West to host the exhibition.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this year launching its 20th exhibition. It is a joint initiative, led by Drawing Projects UK and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its London based visual arts programme, and now in association with Bath Spa University.

Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is a joint initiative, led by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 was launched last September at the Jerwood Space, London and has toured to a numbers of venues across the UK, to include Cheltenham, Bideford, Bournemouth, with its final stop in Leeds.

The exhibition includes 51 drawings by 46 practitioners, selected from 3,234 submitted works.


Includes 51 drawings by 46 practioners, selectrd from 3,234 submitted works.

Bonita AliceIan AndrewsJemma ApplebyAlan BondJessie BrennanAlison CarlieSarah CaseyMark CazaletAlex ChalmersAra Choi, David Cooper, David Rees DaviesMichael Ditchburn, Shaun Dolan, Susannah DouglasHannah DowningSara Dudman, Gary Edwards, Hilary Ellis, Uta Feinstein, Annette FernandoFreya GabieHugh GillanTricia GillmanElaine GriffinMichael Griffiths, Ben HartAlan HathawayCharlotte Hodes, Stephen Hunter, Jonathan HuxleyAlzbeta Jaresova, Aileen Keith, Shivangi Ladha, Laurie Lax, Zoe MaslenKate MorrellSigrid Müller, Hitesh Natalwala, Peter Ole RasmussenKatie SollohubLexi StraussSally TaylorKaty WallworkDiane Welford, and Daniel Wheeler.


  • Gavin Delahunty, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum
  • Dr Janet McKenzie, Author and Co-editor of Studio International
  • Alison Wilding RA, Artist

“The selection was characterised by both instinct and certainty. Indeed the works seemed to choose us, to assert their presence amid the great volume of other works. The drawings chosen stood out by virtue of their capacity to move the viewer emotionally or metaphysically. They also had a discernible candour or resonance that distinguished them from the vast range of works. Drawing is the most direct form of expression yet asserts a very subtle power; it is often an art of absence, a whisper as opposed to a declaration; a suggestion rather than a certitude. The selection process was a remarkable one, for its clear-sighted nature, for the certainty of choice with which the judges concurred.” Dr Janet McKenzie

““The brief of over 3,000 drawings to be looked at in less than two days made for an intense but exhilarating experience, and surprisingly there was plenty of time for forensic discussions amongst ourselves. I found my response to some of the drawings to be instinctive and visceral. The show will be intriguing, there are some beautiful drawings and some surprises.”” Alison Wilding RA


A First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each.

  • First Prize: Alison Carlier, awarded for her 1 minute 15 second audio work entitled Adjectives, lines and marks.
  • Second Prize: Sigrid Müller, from Gower, South Wales for Seed Pods, a mixed media, coloured pencil on watercolour drawing on board.
  • Student Awards (London based art students): Ara Choi (b.1985 Busan, South Korea), awarded for her drawing Mother No.O in pen and crayon and Annette Fernando (b.1991 London, UK), awarded for her drawing Wait a minute, it’s the truth and the truth hurts XIV.
  • Commendation: Sally Taylor, for Confused Head 27, a posca pen and paper collage on a found book cover.

A special exhibition celebrating the 20th year runs concurrently at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings until 15 October 2014. Drawn Together: Artist as Selector features works by previous selectors of the Jerwood Drawing Prize and is curated by Professor Anita Taylor, Director and co-Founder of the Jerwood Drawing Prize since 1994.

For further information on the Jerwood Drawing Prize and tour visit: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014