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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 (Touring Exhibition)

Curated by Violet M. McClean


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Thursday 25 February 2021
Main Gallery and Northwest Gallery, AUB

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition includes 71 drawings by 56 practitioners - including works by students to those by established artists and makers – selected from 4,274 submissions received from across the UK and internationally.

Supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has been led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, since 1994. The 2020 exhibition marks the third year of support for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, and the 25th consecutive annual open drawing exhibition held since it was founded in 1994.

The independent Selection Panels comprised Sophia Yadong Hao, Principal Curator of Cooper Gallery at University of Dundee; Ian McKeever RA, artist; and Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern. The Working Drawing display and award was selected by Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum; Piers Gough CBE RA, architect; and Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee.

The exhibition includes drawings by artists, designers and makers at all stages of their careers - from students to established artists - located across the UK, as well as in France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey. The selected works create a diverse exhibition that reflects a broad scope of contemporary drawing practice.

"Drawing, so often assigned by history to the small scale, the preparatory, and the diaristic, is revealed in this prize as the most expansive and dynamic of practices, capable of recording both the intimacy and solitude of living through lock down as well as the heightened emotions and dramas of this deeply troubled world."

Frances Morris | 4 September 2020

Meet the Curator: Violet M. McClean

With over 20 year of experience in the Arts sector, Violet McClean has worked with national and international collection, contemporary galleries and museums.

Violet M. McClean manages TheGallery and is the curator of the exhibition programme at AUB.

Violet McClean has worked closely with AUB to establish TheGallery as a leading University Gallery with an international reputation and extensive programme of exhibitions, events and publications.

Her Master’s is in Museum and Galleries Studies: Culture, Collections, Communication (Curating), from University of Southampton. Violet’s research specialism is contemporary Curatorship’s relationship to classical museum Curating, focusing on the approaches of Alfred H. Barr, Jr founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Violet is also an Alumnus of AUB, where she studied BA (Hons) Art and Events Management (Creative Events Management).

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition includes drawings by: Becky Allen / Setenay Alpsoy / Lucy Anderson / Iain Andrews / Anna Barratt / Akash Bhatt / Nigel Bird / Andy Black / Carolyn Black / Mandy Bonnell / Siân Bowen & Simón Granell / Rebecca Bramwell / Simon Brewster / Chris Bruce / Camilla Brueton / Nina Chua / Mark Clay / Bob Deakin / Joe Dean / Demeter Dykes / Yutavia George / Tricia Gillman / Nicola Grellier / Nancy Haslam-Chance / Laura Jacobs / Christopher Jones / Sandy Kendall / Frank Leuwer / Cheryl Lewis / M. Lohrum / Rae Fior Lowe / Kay McCrann / Helena McGrath / Holly Mills / R & F Mo / James Robert Morrison / Hormazd Narielwalla / Ruth Richmond / Isobel Rock / Louise Schmid / Seamus Staunton / Peter Sutton / Wai Yin Ryan Tung / Catrin Webster / Sally Wood / Eleanor Wood / Ayeshah ZolghadrThe Working Drawing Award and exhibition display within Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 includes drawings by: Jeanette Barnes / Myyen Dang / Rachel Duckhouse / Malcolm Franklin / Jack Green / Ben Johnson / Zihao Mei / Savvas Papasavva

The 2020 Awards - a First Prize of £8,000; Second Prize of £5,000; Student Award of £2,000; and the Working Drawing Award of £2,000 - will be announced at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue published by Drawing Projects UK.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition will tour to the following venues:

  • Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, Wiltshire: 2 to 31 October 2020
  • Cooper Gallery at the University of Dundee: 13 November to 19 December 2020
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf in London: from 9 January to 22 January 2021
  • The Gallery at Arts University Bournemouth: from 25 February 2020

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