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The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee and supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize celebrated its 25th annual exhibition in 2020. Since its inception in 1994, the exhibition 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 provides a platform for drawing practitioners in the UK and internationally to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists and makers in the field.

Submission Requirements

  • Drawings made since January 2020 only are eligible for entry.
  • All drawings submitted must be available from the date of submission in 2021 and for the duration of exhibition and tour in 2021-2022.
  • Once submitted, no refunds, part or whole will be offered.


The applicant is responsible for ensuring their submitted work meets the following criteria:

  • Work should not exceed 2.4m in any dimension when framed.
  • Composite drawings must be presented within one frame.
  • All projections (including mirror plates, d-rings and picture wire) MUST be removed from frames before submission in order to protect other works.
  • Works that cannot be mirror plated must be accompanied by full installation instructions and, if selected, the artist may be required to provide suitable fixings.
  • Each drawing should be authenticated by the applicant in an appropriate place, i.e. signed and dated (on the reverse of the work or frame is acceptable).
  • Frames MUST be durable for handling and hanging purposes throughout the selection process, exhibition and tour. Perspex frames should be submitted in a packing case for protection during transportation and storage. Please note that clip-framed glass or metal frames are ineligible, as they are dangerous for our handling team.
  • Unframed drawings submitted for consideration by the Selection Panel must be durable for handling during the selection process and subsequent exhibition tour. They must be submitted with adequate protective packaging and clear handling instructions for the selection process, exhibition and national tour.
  • Works being shipped from outside of the UK must be sent unframed/unglazed.
  • Any three-dimensional works must comply with standard safety legislation.
  • All works should weigh less than 50kg.
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