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The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition dedicated to drawing in the UK. It is a key exhibition within Jerwood Visual Arts, a year round Gallery programme of awards, exhibitions and events organised by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
The aim of the Prize is to promote and reward excellence and talent in contemporary drawing through the support and recognition of the work of established and emerging artists in this field.

Drawings are chosen for the exhibition through an open submission process, and considered for inclusion by a panel of three selectors with the perspectives of practitioner, curator and writer. Each year the selection panel changes, and the resultant exhibitions reflect the differing priorities and focus of each panel in response to the work submitted. Almost 3,000 works were submitted for consideration this year, with 77 works by 73 artists selected for the exhibition.

The selectors for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 exhibition were: Stephen Coppel, Curator of the Modern Collection, Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum; Kate Macfarlane, Co-Director of Drawing Room, London; and Lisa Milroy, Artist and Head of Graduate Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 is our final show of the year, having toured directly from Jerwood Space in Southwark. We are grateful to Paul Thomas and Shonagh Manson for their help in securing this show in Hastings. Following its exhibition in Hastings, the show will tour to the mac Birmingham; and The Gallery at The Arts University College, Bournemouth.

The prizes, were awarded to the winning artists at a ceremony on Tuesday 11 September 2012, and are a first prize of £8,000, second prize of £5,000 and two student awards of £2,000 each.

First Prize: Karolina Glusiec
Second Prize: Bada Song
Student Prize: Katie Aggett
Student Prize: Min Kim
Highly Commended: Jane Dixon