Jerwood Drawing Prize – July 2017

Tally boards for the works seen by the judges


The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, presented in collaboration with Bath Spa University. In 2017 works have been selected for inclusion by Dr David Dibosa, writer, researcher and Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London, Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island and Michael Simpson, artist.                        


I spent five days helping the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the selection of work submitted, by the public, to the 2017 Drawing Prize.  The selection process is held at Wimbledon college of Art over a period of a week and a bit. The organisation of the whole event in such a short time period is pretty impressive.

3000 works were submitted and around 2600 were delivered.  It was the task of a, predominantly student team, to take the work in on the delivery days and return them to the collecting owners the following week.

The most interesting days were Tuesday and Wednesday when the three judges went round to assess the work.  Around 70 pieces of work were chosen.

The quality of the work submitted was incredibly high and anyone selected can be justly proud.  The work is handled with great care and respect. We were all given a Jerwood T shirt to wear and white gloves with which to handle the work.


Here’s Ruth on a much needed refreshment break


Some of the MA Drawing contingency…