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£5000 Jerwood Drawing Prize for Anna Sofie Jespersen

“Sid in Bathtub” by Anna Sofie Jespersen
“Sid in Bathtub” by Anna Sofie Jespersen
“Sid in Bathtub” by Anna Sofie Jespersen
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15 September 2016

BA Fine Art student Anna Sofie Jespersen has been awarded second prize in the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize for a ballpoint pen on tracing paper drawing of a man lying, fully clothed, in a bath.

Jespersen, who was awarded £5,000 for Sid in Bathtub, is a Danish artist about to go into her 3rd year studying BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts.

Her work was described by the Jerwood judges as:

“A poetic and tragic work intricate in line and tonality”

This success follows Anna’s already impressive achievement of a £10,000 award from the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers which she received in her first year studying at Chelsea.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. The exhibition showcases a breadth of contemporary drawing practice, from students to established artists, and helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.

61 works by 55 artists have been selected from 2,537 submissions from across the UK, also including Associate Dean of Chelsea College of Arts, Martyn Simpson, who was also selected for The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 Exhibition.

Professor Anita Taylor, director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize said of the exhibiting artists:

“Their works are confident and lively examples of drawing today, fresh in outlook and conception; unafraid to source, mine and examine the historic, spiritual, and visceral imagination through the act of drawing.”

Huge congratulations to Anna, we look forward to seeing where the future takes her.

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