Had such a lovely time at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize announcements Wednesday evening (25 September). It was a huge surprise for me to be shortlisted and represents a mark of achievement. The event itself was fabulous – good music, good hospitality – wonderful food, and great people.
I went up with artist and fellow Dover Arts Development director Joanna Jones and caught up with David Dixon from Chapel Arts Studios and former fellow DADA (Disability and Deaf Arts) mentor, as well as Barbara Walker whose fabulous wall drawings can now be seen at Turner Contemporary. Also met her friend Charmaine Watkiss whose wonderful drawing is also in the exhibition.
Happened to be at the same table as the people from Salisbury Museum – what a brilliant coincidence – and had a chance to exchange a few words with Anita Taylor.
Chosen by selectors Chantal Joffe RA, Andrew Nairne OBE and Professor Dorothy Price, the First Prize of £8,000 was awarded to Alice Motte-Muñoz for her drawing, Reverie. Shelly Tregoning was awarded the Second Prize of £5,000 for her drawing, Distracted, Distracted. Philip Battley received the Student Award of £2,000 for his drawing, Stand. The Working Drawing Award of £2,000, chosen by Alan Baxter and Angela Paola Squassina, was awarded to Jeanette Barnes for her drawing Study for Cable Cars – New York. The Evelyn Willams Drawing Award of £10,000, chosen by David Alston, Liz Gilmore and Anita Taylor, was awarded to Penny McCarthy on the basis of her proposal and drawings included in the exhibition.