Drawn: Artist Information

Submissions for Drawn are now closed. We have extended transport booking until midday Monday 20 March. 

To book please phone 0117 973 5129 with  credit/debit card details. 

What is Drawn?

Drawn is a biennial open submission drawing exhibition, which aims to explore the boundaries of drawing and celebrate it as both an autonomous discipline and an interdisciplinary tool. 

Drawing has taken on different definitions across the centuries, crossing spatial and theoretical boundaries and creating intersections between disciplines as diverse as typography and photography. As a means of communication and navigation, drawing has taken on a universality and accessibility unlike any other medium. It is a building block of creativity, key to the visualisation and translation of ideas and practices, fundamental in making, doing, testing, designing, thinking, playing and living.

It allows us to analyse, record, map, mark and form, making the abstract legible, and the legible oblique. Its history is inscribed with legibility/conversation as it skirts around the boundaries of text and image. It can be either a representation, or an expression, creating shadows and memories, marks and imprints, traces in space. 

Drawn celebrates this diversity, encouraging artists to explore the gallery using both wall and floor space, utilising both traditional and experimental techniques and technologies.

Submissions for this exhibition are invited from artists of any background who either draw or explore the concept of drawing in their work, including illustrators, videographers, sculptors, printers, embroiderers, typographers, animators and architects, presenting a multidisciplinary approach to this resurgent medium. 

Artists of all ages and experience are invited to submit. Submitted works must have been created no more than three years ago and must be for sale. All entries are subject to selection and a fee for entry applies.

How do I submit work?

If you have previously entered any RWA open exhibitions, please note that we are using a new system for Drawn 2017. All applicants must apply online using our Online Exhibition Submission System (OESS) which can be accessed via the link below. A User Guide for OESS will be available to download soon.

Click here to submit work via OESS

Please note that Drawn is a one-stage selection process therefore all submitted works must be delivered to the RWA on the set dates.

Please download the Terms and Conditions document below before you submit. Work which is delivered and does not comply with the exhibition's submission criteria will not be considered for selection. ​For more information, costs, transport arrangements and a full set of submission guidelines, please download the Exhibition Guidance document below.

Important dates

  • Submissions Open: Wednesday 1 February 2017
  • Deadline for receipt of film & moving image entries: 5pm, Friday 10 March 2017
  • Submissions Closed: 5pm, Wednesday 15 March 2017
  • Booking for Regional Transport Closes: 12pm, Monday 20 March 2017 
  • Hand-in day: 10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday 25 March 2017
  • Selection Day: Sunday 26 March 2017
  • Results Live: 1pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017 
  • Private View: 6.00 – 9.00pm, Friday 31 March 2017
  • Exhibition dates: Saturday 1 April - Sunday 4 June
  • Collection of unselected works: 10am – 5pm, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April 2017, and Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April 2017
  • Collection of all works: 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10 June, Thursday 22 June and Friday 23 June 2017

Invited Artist
Our Invited Artist is Norman Ackroyd RA who exhibited with us in 2014 for The Power of the Sea. Ackroyd studied at Leeds College of Art from 1956 to 1961, and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, London from 1961 to 1964. Ackroyd has had many solo exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally, and has received several public mural commissions. He is an elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and was made Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art in 2000 and currently lives and works in London. 

Selection Panel
This year’s selection panel includes Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection, Johanna Baring, Director and Curator of The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art and Academicians Peter Randall-Page RA RWASarah Gillespie RWA and Lawrence Nash RWA. Biographies are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Prizes for Drawn include The Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary which offers a bursary of £1500 to an artist to enable them to spend time in Italy making new work. Artists are encouraged to explore new research opportunities and residencies as part of their travel and will be invited to share work from/inspired by their trip at the RWA. Awarding Criteria: The applicant should demonstrate a high standard in draughtsmanship and must be a UK passport holder. If you do not wish to be considered for this prize please inform the RWA. 

The Student PrizeHidden are offering the winner a month's exhibition space in their Clifton gallery.

Work on Paper Prize - £400 of printing and framing courtesy of Niche Frames, Bristol.

Details of further prizes to follow.

Private View
The Private View for this exhibition will take place on Friday 31 March, 6.00 - 9.00pm. All selected artists will be sent an e-invite to the Private View and will receive an Exhibitors Pass providing free entry to the exhibition. 

Drawn is sponsored by Fresh Contemporary Art Fair.

Drawn Artist Submission Downloads

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