5th March 2004




A major national drawing competition opened this week at the University of Lincoln’s EICH Gallery.


The Jerwood Drawing Prize – formerly known as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition - has been an annual show since 1996 and became the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2001.


The aim of competition is to promote talent and excellence in contemporary drawing.


The exhibition is currently open to all artists resident in the UK and selection is carried out by a panel of distinguished artists, writers, critics, collectors and creators.


“This is the only national exhibition of its kind that celebrates the full range of drawing as practice,” said Kathie Jenkins, curator of the EICH gallery.


“I think we are extremely fortunate to have been involved in the development of this national exhibition since 1997.”


This year’s selection panel included the artist Ken Currie, the art critic, writer and broadcaster William Feaver and Anita Taylor, Director of The Jerwood Drawing Prize.


“The final selection is a strong statement in defence of drawing as an engaged and utterly relevant medium of communication,” said Ken Currie.


“Its simplicity and directness still seem to have the power to disarm us in a world of immense visual sophistication and complexity.”


The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2003 can be viewed free of charge until 29th March 2004.  The gallery in the Derek Crothall Building on George Street in Hull is open from Monday to Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm.


There is a private view at the EICH Gallery between 6pm and 8pm this evening (Friday 5th March) where reporters and photographers are welcome.


For further information please contact Kathy Jenkins on 01482 311030 or visit  www.eichgallery.org to view the drawings.



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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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