Gary Lawrence

Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition at Burton Art Gallery, Bideford

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Gary Lawrence
Winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Gary Lawrence, Homage to Anonymous, 2011 (detail)

In 2010, the 2009 Jerwood Drawing Prize went to the Burton Art Gallery & Museum in Bideford for the first time. The exhibition was so popular they decided to bring it to the South West again in 2012.

Established in 1996, the Jerwood Drawing Prize is the country’s leading award in drawing, and is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition dedicated to drawing in the UK. Over 2500 entries were submitted this year for consideration by the panel of judges comprising Iwona Blazwick, director, Whitechapel Gallery; Tim Marlow, writer, broadcaster and director of exhibitions, White Cube; and Rachel Whiteread, artist. The 60 finalists include established artists as well as relative newcomers and students.

Gary Lawrence was awarded the First Prize of £6,000 for his drawing Homage to Anonymous. Second Prize of £3,000 was awarded to Jessie Brennan for her 5-metre long pencil drawing, The Cut, and Two Student Awards of £1,000 each went to Nicki Rolls for Sketch and Kristian Fletcher for Lake.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, from April 28 to June 11

Talk and Tour June 8, 7pm Free
Join Paul Thomas, Co-founder of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, at the Burton as he discusses the exhibition and some of the thought processes behind the judges selections. This event is part of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival 2012.