Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 embarks on a nationwide tour with visit to Durham Art Gallery

By Culture24 Staff | 06 May 2011
An image of a drawing of black pen and colour of shapes
© Virginia Verran
Exhibition: Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, May 7 – June 26 2011

The UK’s longest-running prize dedicated to drawing – known as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition when it was established as 2006 – heads out on a national tour after starting out at Jerwood’s Space in London at the end of last year.

Cadi Froehlich, a Brighton University student whose extra-curricular claim to fame was crafting the silver trophies award to finishers in the city’s Marathon, features with a side table scalded by marks left by hot drinks.

“The table bears the marks that illustrate meetings, conversations and quiet contemplations spent over a cup of tea,” she says of Untitled (Tea Table), musing over “moments spent, lost or yearned for” and “what was, what isn’t and what could be.”

“The format of the drinking and the style of cup changes, as does the purpose, aim or hope in the moment of the drinking.”

Tea fans might adore her profundity, but Froehlich actually came second to Virginia Verran, a Falmouth College of Art lecturer who beat off 3,000 entrants and 70 finalists to win the £6,000 prize for Bolus-Space (Signal), a pen-on-canvas piece symbolizing the abstract etcher’s move into intricate nib works.

The opening is accompanied by a new show for recent Newcastle University graduate Nick Kennedy, who uses installation, site specific ideas and audience participation to explore “the notions of chance, order, control and serendipity” through drawings.

  • Open 10am-5pm. Admission £1.50-£3.50 (free for under-4s, family ticket £9). Annual pass £2.50-£4.50 (free for under-4s, family ticket £12). Culture Card offering unlimited edition to the gallery, Killhope and Binchester Roman Fort £4.50-£8.75.
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