Jerwood Visual Arts

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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.

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Opening hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm

Closed Bank Holidays

The Gallery is open until 8pm on the last Friday of every month during exhibitions. Visit the South London Art Map website for further information

Admission charges

Admission free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Lucinda Burgess, artwork 'Borderlines'

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017

  • 13 September — 23 October 2017 *on now

The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, presented in collaboration with Bath Spa University. In 2017 works have been selected for inclusion by Dr David Dibosa, writer, researcher and Reader in Museology at the University of the Arts London, Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island and Michael Simpson, artist.

Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and to promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of UK-based drawing practitioners, from student to established, and as a project helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.

Exhibiting artists: David Ainley, Elisa Alaluusua, Pam Aldridge, Becky Allen, Kate Aspinall, Adam Bainbridge, Andy Bannister, Helen Barff, Dail Behennah, Kelly Best, Kate Black, Alice Blackstock, Abigail Booth, Becky Brewis, Lucinda Burgess, Eric Butcher, Stephen Carter, Ian Chamberlain, Lewis Chamberlain, Dean Claydon, Susannah Douglas, Dickon Drury, Richard Ducker, Jim Dunkley, James Fowkes, Nigel Frost, Christopher Fry, Lesley Hicks, Jim Hobbs, Marianne Holm Hansen, Caroline Holt-Wilson, Susie Howarth, Ronnie Hughes, Jeremy Hutchison, Julia Hutton, Jonathan Huxley, Alexander Johnson, Ben Johnson, Will Kippax, Jason Lane, Gary Lawrence, Carali McCall, Grace McMurray, Tahira Mandarino, Ana Mendes, Jasone Miranda-Bilbao, Jade Montserrat, Dejan Mrdja, David Murphy, Susan Petticrew, Helen Rawlinson, Giulia Ricci, Fiona G Roberts, Caragh Savage, Carly Seller, Tom Sewell, Laurie Steen, Rebecca Swindell, David Symonds, Sally Taylor, Ben Wade, Barbara Walker, Eleanor Wood, Sally Wood, and Andrea V Wright.

The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each, will be announced and awarded at the preview on 12 September 2017. A new prize – The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, worth £10,000 – will also be awarded to an artist selected for the 2017 exhibition. The Award will support an individual artist with a significant track record to develop and realise a body of drawings for a new solo exhibition.

Following 17 significant and successful years of support, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Bath Spa University have announced that 2017 will be Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s final year as the key partner and funder for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. The exhibition project will continue to be led and developed by Professor Anita Taylor at Bath Spa University. The visual arts in the UK has benefited enormously from the prestige of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, which has championed the careers of many emerging and established artists and this legacy will continue as the project moves forward into a new phase with new supporters.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Barbara Walker, Exotic Detail in Margin. Image: Colin Mills

Panel Discussion: Drawing as Document

  • 16 October 2017 7-8:30pm

A panel discussion which takes a drawing by Barbara Walker, Exotic Detail in The Margin #2 – which has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 – as a starting point to discuss drawing in relation to erasure, documentation and witness. With panelists Barbara Walker, artist; Kate Macfarlane, co-director, The Drawing Room; and Adelaide Bannerman, co-curator of The Place is Here. Chaired by Professor Anita Taylor, Director Jerwood Drawing Prize and Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University.


This event is free to attend. Booking is required via Eventbrite.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Jeremy Hutchison - Harmattan

SLAM Fridays late opening

  • 29 September 2017 5-8pm

Jerwood Drawing Prize 21017 will be open until 8pm as part of SLAM Fridays, the late night opening of galleries in South London on the last Friday of every month.

For a full programme visit the South London Art Map website.


Lucinda Burgess, Borderlines. Image: John Taylor

Exhibition Tour led by Kathryn Lloyd

  • 2 October 2017 7-8:30pm

A tour of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition led by artist and writer, Kathryn Lloyd.

Kathryn Lloyd is an artist and writer based in London. She studied MA Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh, and completed The Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School in 2013. She has contributed to various arts publications including Art Monthly, Art Review, Aesthetica and Scottish Art News. Recent commissions include catalogue texts for Entangled: Threads & Making at Turner Contemporary in Margate and Shaping the Void II at Tannery Arts. Lloyd is also a founding member of Line Magazine and the Line Collective, formed in Edinburgh in 2010. In 2016 she was Writer in Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts.


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Ryan L. Moule - Vessels and Vestiges

Ryan L. Moule in conversation with Tim Clark

  • 9 October 2017 7-8:30pm

Ryan L. Moule discusses his Project Space commission, Vessels and Vestiges, and his wider practice with Tim Clark.

Tim Clark is a curator and editor in chief at 1000 Words, nominated in the Photography Magazine of the Year category at the Lucie Awards 2016. Previously he was associate curator at Media Space, Science Museum, London. Exhibitions that he worked on include: Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy, 2015; and Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth, 2016, a major, mid-career touring retrospective. He has also organised exhibitions independently, most recently Peter Watkins: The Unforgetting, Webber Gallery, 2017; and Rebecoming: The Other European Travellers, Flowers Gallery, 2014, featuring Tereza Zelenkova, Virgilio Ferreira, Lucy Levene and Henrik Malmstrom. Together with Greg Hobson he curated Photo Oxford 2017, which features numerous solo exhibitions with artists such as Edgar Martins, Mariken Wessels, Martin Parr, and Sergei Vasiliev and Arkady Bronnikov from The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive. His writing has appeared in FOAM, TIME Lightbox, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Photoworks and The British Journal of Photography, as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues and photobooks. He is a visiting lecturer at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.


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Jerwood Visual Arts
Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
Greater London




020 7654 0171

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