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Winners announced for Drawn 2017 RWA open submission exhibition

5th May 2017

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Drawn dates: 1 April – 4 June 2017

Drawn 2017 presents an eclectic mixture of work, from artists, architects, illustrators, film makers which explore the concept of drawing and expand our understanding of the medium. Drawing is often thought to be at the centre of creative processes and an integral means of looking at and interpreting the world.

Nearly 1000 drawings were entered for this biennial open submission exhibition by artists from throughout the UK and beyond. A total of 186 works were selected by Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection, Johanna Baring, Director and Curator of The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art and Academicians Peter Randall-Page RA RWA, Sarah Gillespie RWA and Lawrence Nash RWA.

Three prizes have been presented to artists whose submissions were judged according to specific categories. We are delighted to announce the recipients of these prizes: Frances Gynn, Sarah Hardwick and Sarah Duncan.

Frances Gynn

Frances Gynn won the Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary for outstanding and imaginative draughtsmanship. This prize provides her with £1,500 towards creating new art in Italy.

Frances was awarded this bursary for her submission entitled Ghost Nets of Hallsands (iii). This work fuses an imaginative spectacle (verging into abstraction) with intimate knowledge and details of the village Hallsands in Devon, where Frances is from, ‘Using the drawn line as a “roaming eye”, I observe and selectively record’.

At its most literal the work depicts nets, possibly derelict fishing nets, using white ink and crayon, set over a dense background reminiscent of dark swirling water. This background is a monotype produced from drawing by hand onto stainless steel. Frances completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Exeter University in 2000, after initially studying Graphic Design.

Sarah Hardwick

Sarah Hardwick was awarded The Student Prize sponsored by Hidden Gallery for her drawing Washpool, which gives her the opportunity to have a month-long exhibition at Hidden in Clifton, Bristol.

Washpool, executed in conté pencil, is one of the smaller and subtler works within this year’s Drawn. It depicts a silhouetted figure walking away from the viewer along a country path into a luscious woodland area, which is in the village of Chiseldon where Sarah is from. She says, ‘To me drawing is a way for me to recreate beautiful and interesting things I see in everyday life. I like to take scenes which would otherwise go unnoticed and pick out and emphasise what I find interesting about them’. The work is carefully composed to lead the viewer’s eye down the path into the heart of the picture. This is partially due to the indication of the horizon line, achieved through a deepening of tonal marks, which creates spatial depth.

Sarah is 20 years old and in her final year of a Drawing and Print BA at UWE. This is the first competition she has entered. After graduating she hopes to set up her own business, making and selling her drawings on a full-time basis.

Sarah Duncan

Sarah Duncan is the winner of The Work on Paper Prize sponsored by Niche Frames Bristol. This award presents her with £400 of printing and framing courtesy of Niche. Sarah’s winning drawing is Steinn, made with crayon and charcoal.

‘Steinn’ is a cognate with English ‘stone’; Sarah says ‘I am interested in the forces that have shaped our planet and left their marks and traces upon the landscape. The cyclical nature of landscape creation and erosion is echoed in my drawing, which has become less about the line and more concerned with the nature of layers. By using layers of organic materials - charcoal, graphite, wax and chalk- to build up surfaces over the paper, and eroding portions of these layers through erasing, the drawings echo the creative forces behind the landscapes they represent’.

Sarah is a printmaker who lives and works in Bristol. She originally studied Textile Design and worked for 10 years within the art department in feature films. Since then she has completed her MA in Print with Distinction at UWE specialising in etching and lithography.

Drawn is sponsored by Fresh Contemporary Art Fair.

Almost all the works in the exhibition are available to purchase, including that of the winners. Our Drawn webpage holds more details:

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