The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Sept. 26, 2018

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize, has opened in the inaugural year at its new location, joining the Royal Drawing School and The Big Draw in London's thriving Docklands.


Founded in 1994 by Professor Anita Taylor (Executive Dean of Bath Spa School of Art and Design) and Paul Thomas as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition, this annual open exhibition has been supported by various institutions throughout the years and after 17 years of support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust became the principle benefactor in 2018.


Recognised as the leading open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this competition promotes the medium in all its forms and celebrates the wide variety of contemporary drawing practice.  

In working with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and relocating to this quickly developing part of East London, the TBW Drawing Prize joins an already dedicated duo - the Royal Drawing School and The Big Draw - to make Trinity Buoy Wharf a hub for contemporary drawing in the UK.


The annual exhibition of around 65 drawings is selected by a panel of distinguished selectors from a submission of around 3,000 works. The annual awards are announced at the launch of the exhibition in London each year, and the exhibition then tours the UK accompanying by an educational programme and engagement events in each exhibition venue. 

From 2 - 22 February 2019 the TBW Drawing Prize will travel to the Shoreditch campus of the Royal Drawing School where the works will be hung in the ground floor gallery

For the full programme of venues and events click here