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 celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. 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 2016 were: Solveig Settemsdal, First Prize; Anna Sofie Jespersen, Second Prize; and Jade Chorkularb and Amelie Barnathan, Student Awards.
The selectors were: Glenn Brown, artist; Stephanie Buck, Director of Kupferstich-Kabinett at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; and Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford.
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.