9th March 2005




Next week, for the eighth year in succession, works of art from a national drawing competition will go on display at the EICH Gallery in Hull.


The Jerwood Drawing Prize is an annual event which encourages and rewards talent and excellence in contemporary drawing practice in the UK.  Entries are judged by a distinguished panel of artists, critics, writers, collectors or curators, and the most outstanding pieces are placed in the exhibition.


Over 2,000 pieces were submitted for entry in the 2004 competition and the exhibition will display over 60 of those selected by this year’s judges: artist Basel Beattie, Mary Doyle of the Contemporary Arts Society and the Director of Sotheby’s Institute, London, Tony Godfrey.


The competition is open to all artists resident in the UK and offers cash prizes of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 for first, second and third place respectively, with further student awards of £1,000 each.


An official exhibition opening, with candlelight and wine, will take place on Monday evening (14th March) with traditional flamenco guitarist, Philip John Lee, serenading the guests.


Philip has been playing flamenco music for 30 years and spent many years living and playing in Spain. He now lives in London where he teaches and is a regular guest at the Royal Festival Hall, London.


Kathie Jenkins, curator of the EICH Gallery, said, “It should be a wonderful evening with music, wine and a challenging exhibition.”


The exhibition can be visited, free of charge, at the University of Lincoln’s Derek Crothall Building on George Street from 14th March to 14th April 2005. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.


The Jerwood Drawing Prize – formerly known as the Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition – was established in 1996.  Further details can be found by visiting www.eichgallery.org or www.jerwood.org.uk


For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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