Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) and Drawing Projects UK have announced Karolina Glusiec as First Prize winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012. The £8,000 award was announced earlier this evening by Kate Macfarlane, selector and Co-Director of Drawing Room, at a ceremony to mark the opening of the exhibition at JVA at Jerwood Space, London. The winning work, Velocity, is an animated collection of images based on Glusiec’s memories of the place where she grew up, in Lublin, Poland.

Works by all seventy-four shortlisted artists are on show at JVA at Jerwood Space until 28 October. The exhibition explores and celebrates the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice in the UK. Exhibiting artists were shortlisted from nearly 3,000 entries by a panel of selectors that also included Stephen Coppel, Curator of the Modern Collection, Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum; and Lisa Milroy, artist and Head of Graduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.

Glusiec, who is now based in London, graduated earlier this year from the Royal College of Art (RCA) where she studied MA Animation. Discussing the winning work, she said: “Velocity is a collection of images from the place I grew up in. It no longer looks like I had remembered it. That image does not exist, but the drawings are real. The memory is only in my head. For me, drawing is the most sincere means of communication and the most honest representation of one’s thoughts and feelings.”

Three further prize winners were also announced. Bada Song was awarded the £5,000 Second Prize for two works that reflect on the rapid pace of modernisation in her home country, South Korea. Her Ta – iL series of graphite drawings references the disappearance of traditional-style roof tiles from the country’s changing architecture.

Two Student Awards of £2,000 each went to Katie Aggett and Min Kim, both recent alumni of Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Aggett, who graduated this summer with an MA in Fine Art Sculpture, is exhibiting two ink drawings, N1C 4TB and W10 5UU, that map changes in space and time at specific London postcodes. Kim, an MFA Painting graduate, is showing Waiting, a stack of 830 pieces of paper, each containing a charcoal drawing of a black balloon. The selectors also Highly Commended London-based artist Jane Dixon for her drawing, Platform, part of an ongoing series inspired by architectural models.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, 12 September – 28 October 2012, JVA at Jerwood Space, London. The exhibition will tour to venues across theUK, including the new Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; The Gallery, The Arts University College at Bournemouth; and mac, Birmingham.

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