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Image: Gary Lawrence, Yellow Kalymnos with Fridge Magnets 2017. Felt pen, poster paint on canvas, 250x249cm. Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017, Jerwood Space, London. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Bath Spa University

Art prizes don’t get much more prestigious than the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the leading award for contemporary drawing in the UK. Having begun in 1994, the prize aims to champion and develop emerging and established artists, and in the past has showcased work by Charles Avery, Sian Bowen, Adam Dant, Ansel Krut and many other luminaries.

The annual art prize offers a national platform for artists to display their work, and the 2017 prize exhibition has been touring the UK since the autumn last year, making a stop at Newcastle’s Vane gallery from Saturday 26th May until Saturday 28th July. Visitors can expect to see work by a plethora of artists across a variety of drawing practices, including hand drawn, digital, moving image, textile and sculptural works. Highlights include the intricate and detailed felt pen and poster paint Yellow Kalymnos with Fridge Magnets by Gary Lawrence and Fiona G Roberts’ haunting portraits.

Over 2,800 submissions were received, with a mere 69 pieces by 65 artists selected by three eminent experts. Artist and selector Michael Simpson said of the judging process: “The diversity was astonishing, wide ranging and rich; when you see so much variation in human endeavour, you know anything is possible on a predominately flat simple surface.”

 

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