women's face repeated three times on graphite paper
Caroline Burraway, Study for triptych-Displaced female, 2022, Graphite on paper, 40 x 50 cm, shortlisted for the TBW Drawing Prize 2023
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Now in its 30th year, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious open exhibition dedicated to drawing in the United Kingdom. The 2023 open call received over 3,000 submissions of contemporary drawings from 1,450 candidates representing 40 countries. From this remarkable worldwide submission, 123 drawings by 111 practitioners were selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition, which we are delighted to present in The Levinsky Gallery.
A panel of esteemed selectors comprising Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York; Dennis Scholl AM, collector and arts patron; and Barbara Walker MBE RA, artist and Turner Prize 2023 nominee, meticulously reviewed the submissions to select the shortlist and award-winners.
"It is hard to avoid the feeling that this size of a sample must be able to tell us something about the state of the contemporary art conversation” Laura Hoptman.   
“...two things stood out. First, the level of excellence of the work submitted was almost inconceivable. Second, the variety of what was submitted as a drawing. The myriad of ideas, techniques and approaches that were submitted is the other big idea takeaway from this process” Dennis Scholl AM.   
“For me, drawing is the closest you get to the soul and spirit of an artist. I love the accessibility of it; it’s a universal medium–it’s light, it’s practical, it’s intimate.” Barbara Walker MBE RA. 
Date: Saturday 4 May – Saturday 29 June 2024
Time: Monday–Friday 10:00–17:00, Saturday 12:00–17:00, Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: Free admission 
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The award winners, collectively receiving £27,000 are:
  • First Prize of £8,000: Jeanette Barnes, New Battersea Tube Station & Developments, 2023, Compressed charcoal on paper, 150 x 213cm
  • Second Prize of £5,000: Victoria Hunter McKenzie, Tasha brought us Guinneps, 2022, charcoal, graphite on paper, 41 x 30.5cm
  • Student Award of £2,000: Peter Blodau, El Kobri Maadi, 2023, charcoal on paper, 60 x 40cm
  • Working Drawing Award of £2,000: Ade Olaosebikan, Reconstituted planes - The Barcelona Pavilion Reimagined 1 and 2, 2023, a digital drawing, 59 x 42cm, and a drawing made with a technical pencil on tracing paper, 84 x 59cm
  • Evelyn Williams Drawing Award of £10,000 and solo exhibition at Hastings Contemporary: Isabel Rock for her exhibition proposal to be developed from her drawing Our Cell, 2022, biro on paper, 43 x 53cm
The Working Drawing Award is a special category within the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize that celebrates the role of drawing within architecture, design and making processes, chosen by a selection panel comprising Ben Heath, Principal, Grimshaw Architects; Debbie Hillyerd, Senior Director of Learning, Hauser & Wirth; and Michael Pavelka, costume and set designer for stage, dance and opera. 
The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 marks the 6th year of generous support from the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust for this annual open exhibition. 

The 102 drawings shortlisted for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023

Samuel Owusu Achiaw / Margrét Adolfsdóttir / Elisa Alaluusua / Judith Alder / Thomas Allen / Iain Andrews / Judith Anketell / Brigitte Bailey / Andy Bannister / Matt Bannister / Amélie Barnathan / Jeanette Barnes / Adrian Baynes / Cai Arfon Bellis / Akash Bhatt / Peter Blodau / Kirsty Bogle / Jesús Briceño Reyes / Ann Bridges / Caroline Burraway / Ian Chamberlain / Dongwei (Shirley) Chen / Jade Chorkularb / Gary Clough / Anthony Connolly / Hannah Davies / Matthew Draper / Nisha Duggal / Sarah Duyshart / Roy Eastland / Linda Fardoe / Katy Fiszman / Edo Fuijkschot / Stefan Gant / Joy Gerrard / Diane Goring / Nick Grellier / Elaine Griffin / Susie Hamilton / Georgia Kitty Harris / Harriet Mena Hill / Fiona Hingston / Avis Hsinyu / Victoria Hunter McKenzie / Ben Johnson / Sharon Kelly / Simon Klein / Sarah Knill-Jones / Jane Laborie / Gary Lawrence / Debbie Lee / Bridget Lesly / Melissa Ling / Saloni Lodha / Derek Lomas / Emily Lucas / Richard Maguire / Tanaka Mazivanhanga / Nicolette McGuire / Grace McMurray / Richard McVetis / June Nelson / Rufus Newell / Tony Noble / Simon Page / Alex Pascual / Raksha Patel / Anna Plavinskaya / Julia Polonski / Sandra Porter / James Pyman / Richard Mark Rawlins / Maaike Reimert / Giulia Ricci / Isabel Rock / Nicki Rolls / Sara Rossberg / Heike Scharrer / Gail Seres-Woolfson / Mark Shields / Katy Shepherd / Karen Smith / Lisa Solovieva / Nancy Spain / Robert Strange / Fiona Swapp / David Symonds / Gabriela Vargas Telaya / Richa Vora / Kate Walters / Emmy Wan / Aleksandra Warchol / Louise Ward / Teresa Whitfield / Hannah Winkelbauer / Caroline Wong  

The 22 drawings shortlisted for the Working Drawing Award 2023

Michael Becker / Daniele Catalli / Sara Choudhrey / Greg Creek / Agata di Masternak / Emma Douglas / Sarah Duyshart / Lisa-Marie Gibbs / Altea Grau Vidal / Nina Gross / Vladimir Guculak / Sandy Horsley / Ben Johnson / Joanna Leah / Emily Mc Gardle / Ade Olaosebiakn 
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