The Jerwood Drawing Prize project is led by founding Director, Professor Anita Taylor, Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University. It is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, through its national programme supporting visual arts practice, Jerwood Visual Arts. The project was founded in 1994 as the Rexel Derwent Open Drawing Exhibition and was known from 1996-2000 as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition until the Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal benefactor in 2001. Previous supporters include Westland Nurseries, The Summerfield Charitable Trust, CHK Charities and the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation, and the 10th anniversary special exhibition Drawing Breath was supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Henry Moore Foundation and HongKong Land. The project celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 with the exhibition Drawn Together at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. A publication celebrating the legacy of the annual drawing exhibition will be published by Wunderkammer Press in 2019/20 and will be informed by an evaluation process being undertaken in 2017.
Since 2001, Jerwood Charitable Foundation has contributed £941,430 to the project, supporting almost 1,000 Jerwood Drawing Prize artists to date. Since 2002, it has also hosted the annual exhibition as part of its Jerwood Visual Arts programme. The annual exhibition with its national tour regularly reaches audiences of over 40,000.
Jerwood Visual Arts is a national programme supporting visual arts practice, through which Jerwood Charitable Foundation works with early career artists to commission and present new work. Artist opportunities run throughout the year alongside a programme of related exhibitions, events and commissioned writing taking place online, in London and across the UK.
Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.
Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University has a long and distinguished history. The Bath School of Art was founded in the 1850s and has been nurturing the talent of artists and designers ever since. With a rich history and beautiful settings, the University is a leading educational institution for creativity, culture and enterprise. Professor Anita Taylor, Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project and Drawing Projects UK, became the Dean of Bath School of Art & Design in June 2013 where the Jerwood Drawing Prize project is now hosted. She is also an Adjunct Professor of the University of Sydney affiliated to Sydney College of the Arts.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize project is grateful for the kind support of University of the Arts London in providing the selection centre at Wimbledon College of Art.
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