Artists’ works selected from thousands

TWO Hastings artists have had their work chosen from thousands of entries to appear in London exhibitions next month.

Chris Milton has had one of his drawings, BRASSY, selected for the inaugural Derwent Art Prize exhibition, to run at the Mall Galleries, from September 16 to 21.

It aims to showcase the best work created in pencil, including charcoal, pastel, graphite, water-soluble and coloured pencil, and 93 works from 80 international artists were picked from around 3,600 entries.

Yvonne Crossley, director of The Drawing Gallery, Shropshire, and one of the panel of selectors, said: “It’s been an interesting process helping to select approximately 90 works from an international entry of nearly 3,600 pieces.

“The resulting exhibition is made up of what we considered to be the best works submitted by both professional and amateur artists.

“The show demonstrates a flourishing interest in drawing from a wide range of starting points. I look forward to this open competition going from strength to strength in future years.”

Another local artist Scott Robertson has had a pencil drawing, Chin Up, selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the UK’s largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing.

The exhibition will run from September 11 to October 27 at the Jerwood Space.

From a submission of more than 3,000 entries, the selectors have brought together an exhibition of 76 drawings by 76 artists.

Professor Anita Taylor, director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project, said: “‘Some 19 years since the inception of the project, the landscape of drawing has developed, deepened and transformed.

“The context for the original development of this exhibition was the debate around the nature, value, status and representation of drawing as a contemporary art form and within art education in the early 1990s.”