Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 won by Virginia Verran

Winner - Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010
 Bolus-Space (signal) - By Virginia Verran
Pens on canvas, 76 x 62 cm

Virginia Verran has won the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 and has been awarded £6,000 for her drawing Bolus-Space (signal).  Virginia’s description of her winning work is clear and concise:
‘Intuitions · layers · planes · demarcations · nations · symbols · threats · bombardments · pointings · ponds · settlements · migrations · repetitions’
Her work, along with that of the 70 short-listed artists will be shown at Jerwood Space, London SE1 from 29 September – 7 November 2010, and will then tour to Cheltenham, Berkshire, Carmarthen and Durham. 

Virginia studied at Chelsea College of Art, London (1983-84) and Winchester School of Art (1980-83).  She is now based in North London and teaches at University College Falmouth, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Slade School of Art.  She has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the country’s leading award in drawing, and is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition dedicated to drawing in the UK. Established in 1996 as the annual Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition it was renamed the Jerwood Drawing Prize when the Jerwood Charitable Foundation became the principal supporter in 2001.

The panel of selectors considering just under 3,000 entries which were submitted in 2010 were:
  • Charles Darwent, Art Critic, Independent on Sunday; 
  • Jenni Lomax, Director of the Camden Arts Centre; and 
  • Emma Talbot, artist. 
Readers of this blog will be pleased to know that their shortlist included established artists as well as relative newcomers and students fresh from art school.
The Second Prize of £3,000 was awarded to Cadi Froehlich who is currently studying for a Fine Art Foundation Degree at Brighton University City College.

Two Student Awards of £1,000 each, were awarded to
  • Warren Andrews for David M. Hutchinson Drawing device no 436
  • James Eden & Olly Rooks for their collaboration, Burst. 
Warren is currently studying at Wimbledon College of Art, his work ‘deals with how an audience approaches and views ‘art’, and the role perspective’. Both James and Olly recently graduated in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth and have been working collaboratively for two years.

Information about the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition

Venue: 29 September – 7 November 2010:  Jerwood Space, 171 Union St, SE1 0LN (The 2010 exhibition will later tour to Cheltenham, Berkshire, Carmarthen and Durham. )
Opening Times: Mon - Fri 10am – 5pm Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm Closed Bank Holidays
Admission: Free
Nearest tube:  Southwark, London Bridge or Borough 


Jerwood Visual Arts will host a series of Monday evening events to accompany the exhibition starting at 6pm on 4th, 11th, 18th October 2010.  Events are free but must be booked in advance.

Jerwood Space is also participating in the 2010 Big Draw and will host events on 22nd and 23rd October.

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