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The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005 - A Working Partnership

Date: 3 April 11 May 2006

Abstract

Wimbledon School of Art and The Jerwood Charity in association with the University of Gloucestershire.

The exhibition, formerly The Cheltenham Open Drawing exhibition, has been an annual open show since 1996 and became The Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2001. The aim of the exhibition is to promote and reward talent and excellence in contemporary drawing. As the UKs largest annual open drawing competition of its calibre, the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005 has attracted 2600 entries from throughout the UK, from both professional, non-professional and student artists. The exhibition includes 78 drawings by 71 artists.

Every year, the changing panel of distinguished artists, writers, critics, collectors and curators select the show independently and without knowledge of the artists submitting; they define their own priorities for an exhibition of current drawing practice. This fashions a constantly shifting set of values and concerns, evidenced in the resulting touring exhibitions, in which fundamental questions are asked about what drawing is: its purpose, value, relevance and nature.

The project is delivered through the working partnership of Wimbledon School of Art and The Jerwood Charity in association with the University of Gloucestershire.

text + work also hosted a panel discussion for the 2005 Jerwood Drawing Prize, which brought together experts from the world of art, as well as the founders of the competition, to discuss the award winning work on display at the gallery.

Discussion Panel: Jim Hunter, Director of the School of Art, Chair of text + work at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, and Artist; Anita Taylor, Project Director of The Jerwood Drawing Prize and Vice Principal of Wimbledon School of Art; Paul Thomas, co-founder of the Jerwood Drawing Prize; and Basil Beattie, Artist.

Image Credits from top to bottom: Publication cover for text+work; Juliette Losq; Caitlin Hefferman; Irene Lees; Anka Debrowska

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