Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021

Monday 21 March 2022 - Saturday 16 April 2022

Cooper Gallery hosts the 2021 edition of prestigious annual open call drawing exhibition

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Monday 21 March 2022, 11:00 - Saturday 16 April 2022, 16:00

Cooper Gallery
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design,
13 Perth Road,

Cooper Gallery
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Exhibition open

21 March – 16 April 2022
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm

Exhibition Preview: Saturday 19 March 2022, 2–5pm
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Cooper Gallery hosts the 2021 edition of prestigious annual open call exhibition the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Featuring 114 drawings by 99 drawing practitioners selected out of 3300 entries from 46 countries, the exhibition includes works shortlisted for the Drawing Prize and Working Drawing Award. 

The exhibition reflects a broad scope of current drawing practice by artists, architects, designers, and makers at all stages of their careers – living and working across the four nations of the UK as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, and the USA. 

Drawing has long provided an essential means to bring ideas and issues into focus, and to document the personal, political and social. The prize features drawings made during the global pandemic and the resulting and overlapping crises. Marking time and presence, the act of drawing has formed connections for their makers through a tangible tactile experience that has enabled reflection, expression and communication, resulting in an array of lived, imagined and proposed human experiences.


Featured in the exhibition

The artists with drawings shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 are: 

Valérie Abadie / Gabriela Adach /  Marcelo Albagli / Claire Anscomb / Emily Ball / Federica Beretta / Victoria Clare Bernie / Jackie Berridge / Jules Bishop / Kate Black / Frances Aviva Blane / Caroline Blythe / Su Bonfanti / Georgia Boukla / Gavin Bowyer / Mark Boylan / Ann Bridges / Nell Brookfield / Chris Bruce / Ian Chamberlain / Kristina Chan / Yoonhee Choi / Philippa Clarke / Amy Collins / Karen Conway / Jacquetta Cook / Yvonne Crossley / Andrea Cryer / David Cutts / Hannah Davies / Robert Davies / Bob Deakin / Emma Douglas / Jo Dumpleton / Amy Dury / Jill Eastland / Laura Elkins / Paul Fenner / Fierce Fine Art / Craig Fisher / David Gardner / Zoe Gibson / James Gosling / Euan Gray / James Gregory / Bea Haines / David Haines / Habib Hajallie / Susie Hamilton / Ben Hancocks / Georgia Kitty Harris / Justin Harris / Lia Anna Hennig / Russell Herron / Denise Hickey / Roland Hicks / Harriet Mena Hill / Sandy Horsley / Yvonne Kay / Hannah Kokoschka / Jenny Laskowsky / Gary Lawrence / Cheryl Lewis / Esther Martínez Rey / Fiona Michie / Arianna Tinulla Milesi / Elizabeth Nast / Simon Nicholas / Sofia Nifora / Catherine O'Donnell / Patrick O'Rourke / Steve Payne / Freya Pocklington / Caroline Pool / Selina Pope / Alberto Repetti / Elwina Robinson / Xavier Robles de Medina / Gabriela Schutz / Mark Seely / Katy Shepherd / Mark Shields / Aleksandra Stepien / Natalia Stoyanova / Sam van Strien / Roma Tearne / Freya Thompson / Iva Troj / Rebecca West-Beale

The architects, artists and designers with drawings shortlisted for the Working Drawing Award 2021 are: 

Zahra Akbari Baseri / Joshua Bristow / Marc Brousse / Ian Chamberlain / Sheila Gaffney / Christopher Green / Georgia Kitty Harris / Jessica Heywood / Julie Menelaou / Esha Mittal / Quy Phu Nguyen / Alejandro Pascual   


About the Prize

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize has an established reputation as the UK’s most important annual exhibition of drawing. Led by Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, and supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, the Drawing Prize exhibition is known for its influential role in promoting and celebrating contemporary drawing practice and championing the role and value of drawing as a vital means of communication and expression. 

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 was selected by artist Sheela Gowda; Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at National Galleries of Scotland; and Zoé Whitley, Director of Chisenhale Gallery. 

The Working Drawing Award 2021 was selected by Leonie Bell, Director of V&A Dundee; Charles O. Job, Designer and Architect; and Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival. 

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is available to purchase and many of the drawings included in the exhibition are for sale.

Drawn to Dundee events

Drawn to Dundee | Panel Discussion
Monday 21 March 2022, 18:30 - 20:00

Marking Space and Time
Thursday 24 March 2022, 18:30 - 19:45

Drawing as 'translating': exploring the personal relationship with archive
Wednesday 30 March 2022, 18:00 - 19:30

Drawing as Collaboration, discovering a new language
Thursday 31 March 2022, 18:00 - 19:30

Streaky Bacon, in-person drawing workshop
Thursday 14 April 2022, 18:00 - 19:30

Drawn to Dundee is an event programme co-curated by artists Tania Kovats, Professor of Drawing & Making and Alex Roberts, Lecturer in Drawing, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee. This series of online and in-person talks will accompany the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD. 

All events are free. To book spaces click the links above.

Drawing prompts

A collection of drawing prompts shared by contributors to Drawn to Dundee, a programme of talks and workshops accompanying the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021 at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD. Share your responses to the prompts on social media tagging Cooper Gallery, Drawing Projects UK and Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

Download the Drawn to Dundee drawing prompts

Educational resources

An introductory film of the exhibition with the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Director, Professor Anita Taylor is available.

A free downloadable education pack of ten worksheets devised by Drawing is Free with Drawing Projects UK is inspired by the exhibition and these thematic ‘drawing prompts’ are intended to inspire everyone to find connections through drawing with and by drawing.

Image credits

Exhibition Installation views at Cooper Gallery, 2022.
Top image by Sarah Smart
Exhibition documentation by Julie Howden

Funders and partners

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize project is led by its founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, and is supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust.

Funder logos for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2021

Cooper Gallery

Event type Exhibition
Event category Design and Art