Jerwood Drawing Prize

I have been late in writing this months contemporary drawing blog and was planning to write about the Jerwood Drawing Prize. 60 works by 58 artists have been selected for this year’s exhibition which will be held 16th September – 25th October and the prizes announced at the preview on September 15th.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize claims to be the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK.  It is not something I have ever entered as I am often baffled about the work that is selected and I feel like an outsider, but I am curious and I want to understand. Last year the drawing prize went to Alison Carlier for her 75 second audio work entitled Adjectives, lines and marks which she describes as “An open-ended audio drawing, a spoken description of an unknown object”. This is the first time a sound piece has been a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner.

It is an interesting piece of work and you can listen to an extract from it on Soundcloud

The text is sourced from a reference book held at The Museum of London Archive Roman Southwark Settlement and Economy – excavations in Southwark 1973-91. Not far from the Jerwood Space on Union Street, London. “Despite being a factual description, for the purpose of cataloging an archaeological find, the language used is richly descriptive, mainly concerning the object’s tone and materiality. And it’s this that brings the work into alignment with drawing practices. To me, it is similar to a 2D observational drawing. The text descriptively charts the object just as the eye might in a 2D representation. Yet it is more for the ears than the eyes; the visuals remain in your imagination.

I think it’s interesting to consider drawing as never perhaps reaching the page. That’s where the proximity to thought comes in.”

I agree, it is very interesting……

And so, I will not be posting a contemporary drawing blog next month, I shall wait until I have visited this years exhibition and the winners announced.



About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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