The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021

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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition opens to the public this November.


Known as the UK’s most prestigious annual open exhibition for drawing, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize received 3,300 entries from 1,673 drawing practitioners from 46 different countries for its 2021 exhibition.

Out of all the submissions, 114 drawings were selected for the exhibition, which will open to the public from 18 November to 5 December at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London.

The works in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition reflect a broad scope of contemporary drawing practice by artists at all stages of their careers – living and working across the four nations of the UK as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands, and the USA.

The artworks span across all subjects, styles and techniques – including pencil, charcoal, pen, pastel, collage and thread. Some are so realistic that they will make viewers question whether they are actually drawings. Others display innovative processes: portraits drawn through touching the sitter rather than looking at them, images created while the artist’s hands were tied together, works made with frozen ink left to melt on paper, and so much more.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 exhibition includes 101 drawings by 89 artists selected by Sheela Gowda, Artist; Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Galleries Scotland; and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London.

The Working Drawing Award and display of 13 drawings by 12 practitioners was selected by Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee; Charles O. Job, Designer and Architect; and Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival.

Exhibition details:

  • Dates: 18 November – 5 December
  • Times: 11am – 4pm
  • Entry: Free
  • Location: Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

The five award winners, taking home £27,000 in prizes, are:

  • Gary Lawrence, Ye Olde Keyhole Surgery, 2020, (see abpve right) First Prize, worth £8,000
  • David Haines, Dark Balloons, 2021, Second Prize, worth £5,000
  • Gabriela Adach, El Duende, 2021, Student Award, worth £2,000
  • Zahra Akbari Baseri, Sara, 2021, Working Drawing Award, worth £2,000
  • Roland Hicks, Double Chip / Shuffle Zip, 2021, Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, worth £10,000

For full details, visit the website


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