Jerwood Drawing Prize is an annual exhibition and cash prize opportunity for artists at all stages of their careers working with drawing, and has run since 1994. It supports excellence and promotes and celebrates the breadth of contemporary drawing practice in the UK. Drawings are selected for the exhibition by a panel of three selectors including an artist, a curator and a writer. The selection panel changes each year and the resulting exhibitions reflect each panel’s taxonomy of contemporary drawing practice. There are four cash prizes awarded each year with no stipulations as to use: First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each.
The initiative recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. We became the principal benefactor in 2001 responding to a need for the continuation of the Prize which champions the inherent value of drawing in contemporary art practice.
The winners of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 were: Tom Harrison, First Prize; Alisa Alaluusua, Second Prize; and Bryan Eccleshall and Lois Langmean, Student Awards.
The selectors were: Dexter Dalwood, artist; Salima Hashmi, artist, curator and writer; and John-Paul Stonard, art historian.
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.