Dundee to lead UK’s premier drawing exhibition and prize

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The UK’s foremost annual drawing prize and exhibition will come to Dundee for the first time next year, when it is hoped thousands of visitors will be able to view the show.

Entries for The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize are now open and will see the winner scoop an £8,000 prize.

The competition, founded by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, is now in its 25th year and calling for international submissions.

In addition to the exhibition visiting Dundee as part of its 2020/21 tour, leading figures from the city’s cultural scene will also help decide the winners of the various awards on offer with Sophia Hao, Curator of DJCAD’s Cooper Gallery, and Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee, appointed to this year’s selection panel.

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 Shortlisted works will be exhibited at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London in September, when prizes with a total value of £17,000 will be awarded.

Professor Taylor said: “I am delighted that the University of Dundee is to be the new academic home of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project.

“Drawing is a vital means of communication and expression for all, and relevant to all that we do in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

“It is also worth noting that one of the very first award-winners in 1994 was Louise Cattrell, a DJCAD alumna.

“We are thrilled to have the continuing support of Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust for a third year as we present the 25th annual exhibition.

“The average attendance at each stop of the tour is around 4,000 people so this is a major addition to Dundee’s cultural offering.

“We hope to be able to announce a venue for the exhibition shortly.

“Once again, we have a terrific group of independent selectors. We look forward to seeing an exciting range of drawings submitted for them to choose from for this special edition of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition.”

Several individual awards will be presented at the exhibition – the First Prize (£8,000), Second Prize (£5,000), Student Award (£2,000), and the Working Drawing Award (£2,000).

The latter award focuses on the role of working drawings in art, architecture, design, engineering, manufacture, production, and science.