Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 Martyn Burdon 'Kathryn' 2018 - one of the shortlisted drawings for 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Saturday, January 11, 2020

Booking: No booking required.
Cost: Normal admission charges apply.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize, is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Selected from original drawings, the exhibition has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting, celebrating and challenging contemporary drawing practice. This open exhibition is a platform for drawing practitioners to showcase their work alongside other leading contemporary artists and makers in the field. The 2019 exhibition is made up of a diverse selection of work which explores the nature, role and value of drawing in creative practice today. This is a chance to see all the shortlisted drawings and experience the best in contemporary drawing in all its forms.

To mark the opening day of the exhibition at The Salisbury Museum on Saturday 12 October, Messums Wiltshire is hosting a panel discussion '2B or not 2B - Why Draw?' with a Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selector, shortlisted artists and directors of the prize, to examine the relevance and importance of drawing and draftsmanship in 2019. This will be followed by supper. For full details of this event, please click here for further DETAILS.

Associated exhibition:


21 November 2019 – 18 January 2020

A winter exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre, showcasing work made by some of the top contemporary British Craft practitioners. The exhibition seeks inspiration from drawing and will reflect on the drawn line. For full details please visit

Related events at Messums Wiltshire include:

James Lynch - New Works

Laurence Edwards - A gathering of uncertainties

Charles Poulsen - Drawings