Drawn 2017

Drawn: Artist Information

Congratulations to all who have been selected for Drawn and a sincere thank you to all who submitted work. 

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.

We welcomed submissions 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.

Important dates

  • 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
  • Return Transport dates: Exeter: Wednesday 7 June, 12.30 – 1.30pm, hand-out of works at Exeter Motorway Service area, (top of Car Park) Off Junction 30 of M5, Exeter to ArtWorks, Penzance: Wednesday 7 June, 4.00 – 5.00pm, hand-out of works in Penzance Harbour Car Park, Penzance to ArtWorks, London: Friday 9 June, 12.00 – 4.00pm, hand-out from to Art Moves of Chelsea, Nationwide Self Storage, Blantyre Street, Chelsea, London SW10 0EQ, London. Transport is priced at £15 per work, please call our Welcome Desk on 0117 973 5129 to book transport for all selected and non-selected artworks (a refund will be issued if your work sells)

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 included 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.


The Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary - a bursary of £1500 to an artist to enable them to spend time in Italy making new work. Winner: Frances Gynn, Ghost Nets of Hallsands (iii), ink, crayon and charcoal

The Student Prize - a month's exhibition at Hidden's Clifton gallery. Winner: Sarah Hardwick, Washpool, conté pencil

Work on Paper Prize - £400 of printing and framing courtesy of Niche Frames, Bristol. Winner: Sarah Duncan, Steinn, crayon and charcoal

Drawn is sponsored by Fresh Contemporary Art Fair.

Drawn Artist Submission Downloads

Selector Biographies

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