Jerwood Drawing Exhibition comes to the Ruskin Gallery

Published: 19 January 2010 at 11:02

Contemporary drawing exhibition showcases the work of established and emerging artists

The Ruskin Galley at Anglia Ruskin University will be staging the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition (28 January – 24 February) which aims to promote and reward excellence and talent in contemporary drawing practice through the support and recognition of the work of established and emerging artists in the field of drawing.

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. Drawings are chosen for the annual exhibition from an open submission by an independent panel of three selectors who typically represent the perspectives of practitioner, curator and writer.

Over 2300 entries were submitted last year including a collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University filmmaker Neil Henderson and visual artist Polly Read which went on to make the shortlist of 66 which makes up the exhibition. The film documents an audience’s drawings in response to a performance given by the musician and improviser Evan Parker and then re-animates the drawings by bringing them in to conflict with the musical piece.

The shortlist was drawn up by a distinguished panel of judges comprising artist Tania Kovats; Senior Curator of the Hayward Touring Exhibitions, Southbank Centre, London, Roger Malbert; and writer, artist, critic and curator Nicholas Usherwood.

Speaking about the submissions for 2009, Roger Malbert, said:

“Drawing is the most immediate and direct form of visual expression, and the most personal; in many ways it’s where art begins.  The resurgence of interest in drawing among contemporary artists gives a new relevance to the Jerwood Drawing Prize.”

Shonagh Manson, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, reflects:

“In its 13th year, the Jerwood Drawing Prize remains the largest annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, and we are proud of its position and open ethos.  As previous shows have established, and the current exhibitors continue to demonstrate, it is a show in which the definition and discipline of drawing can be unpicked, critiqued and put back together again in altogether surprising and relevant ways.”

Mit Senoj (aka Tim Jones, from Macclesfield, Cheshire) was awarded first prize winner and £6000 for his drawing The Drum in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009. Two additional works by the artist, Virus and My God also appear in this year’s exhibition along with the other short-listed artists. Tim studied Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic and Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He comments:

“My practice is concerned with our physiological self and the psychological response to our inner science. The distortion of the natural law of forms, the misappropriation of the familiar into the unimaginable. The inner forms into the outward representation of ourselves. These are executed in the tradition of the Grotesque (circa, 1500). Playful ornament, with distortions of human anatomy.”