The Jerwood Drawing Prize

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is led by founding Director Professor Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University and supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation through its national programme Jerwood Visual Arts. Selected from original art works, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. This open exhibition is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists in the field, and provides those selected with the opportunity to help promote a wider understanding of drawing for future generations. The project was founded in 1994 as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition and was known from 1996 until 2000 as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, until Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal benefactor in 2001. The Jerwood Drawing Prize winners will be announced on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

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The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition will be shown as part of the Jerwood Visual Arts programme at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 from 13 September – 22 October 2017, before touring to venues across the UK. Exhibiting artists will be invited to a Private View on Tuesday 12 September 2017 at Jerwood Space, London, during which the prizes will be awarded. A full colour illustrated catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition.


  • First Prize  – £8000
  • Second Prize  – £5000
  • Two Student Awards  – £2000 each


The Jerwood Drawing Prize is open to all artists resident in the UK.

Initial entry is by online registration only. Online registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017. Following online registration, registered artists must then complete the Work Submission Form and Work Labels and hand these in with the drawings at their selected Submission Centre.

Artists may register to enter up to three drawings for consideration by the Selection Panel.

Before registration artists are asked to carefully read the Rules & Guidelines, as all entrants will be asked to confirm acceptance of these during the online entry process.

During online registration, each registered artist will be provided with a unique reference number in their confirmation email that will need to be included on the Work Submission Form and Work Labels. Only artists who have registered online by 5pm on 28 June 2017 will be eligible to submit their drawings to the Submission Centre.

The Work Submission Form and Work Labels are available on the Download/Links page of this website. Work labels should be completed and attached securely to the back top right hand corner of each work. Completed Work Submission Forms should be handed in with the drawings at the Submission Centre.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is managed by Project Managers, Parker Harris: T: 01372 462190 or email

All artists will be informed by email of the decision by the Selection Panel by Friday 21 July 2017.

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Project Managers (@ Parker Harris)

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Start Date

1st May 2017

Closing Date

28th June 2017