Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a two-stage selection process for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020. If you wish to enter please register and upload images of your works online. The Selection Panel will choose a longlist of works from the online entries which will then be required to be submitted in July 2020 for a final selection process at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is celebrating its 25th annual exhibition in 2020. In this anniversary year, we are delighted to announce two exciting changes to the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize as follows:

  • The exhibition and awards will be open to applications by emerging, mid-career and established artists and makers from the UK, and internationally; and
  • The Working Drawing Award, will have an online entry process only and a dedicated expert selection panel, alongside the main entry process and selection panel for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

The annual exhibition of around 65 drawings is selected by a panel of distinguished selectors. There will be a separate display of the Working Drawing Award included within the overall exhibition.The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 exhibition will be launched at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London in September 2020 before touring to venues across the UK. A fully illustrated publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition. Shortlisted artists and makers will be invited to the Exhibition Launch and Awards Announcement at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London on 23 September 2020 held at:

The Chainstore
Trinity Buoy Wharf
64 Orchard Place
London E14 0JY


  • First Prize  – £8000
  • Second Prize  – £5000
  • Student Award – £2000
  • Working Drawing Prize – £2000

2020 Selectors are: Artist Ian McKeever RA, Frances Morris Director of Tate Modern and Sophia Hao – Curator and Writer, Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee

The Working Drawing Award 2020 will be selected by:

Alan Baxter CBE, Engineer & Urban Design

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum

Piers Gough CBE RA, Architect

Sophie McKinlay, Director of Programme at V&A Dundee

Please see the Working Drawing Award Pages for details of how to enter for this award.

Selection Process:

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Prize 2020 exhibition is selected from original drawings. Please note that there is a separate process for the Working Drawing Award (

The two-stage submission process is a temporary measure for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2020 only, due to current public health restrictions.

The Selection Panel will choose a longlist of works from the online entries. Longlisted drawings are then required to be submitted via regional Collection Centres or directly to Trinity Buoy Wharf in July 2020 for the final selection process.  If you are entering from outside the UK and your work is longlisted, you will be contacted and advised of the details of the later shortlisting stage for international submissions.

Drawings shortlisted for the exhibition and awards will be announced after the final selection in July 2020.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing award winners will be announced in September 2020.

Please click How to Enter for further details.

Opportunity Type


Contact Name

Parker Harris

Contact Email


Start Date

18th May 2020

Closing Date

24th June 2020