Drawn to Dorset

Drawn to Dorset

Drawn to Dorset: Fifty Drawings will explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary drawing practices. We are looking for work that interrogates the boundaries of what drawing is and can be - drawing in all its possibilities.

This will be presented in the form of a publication and an exhibition at the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, Swanage, in July 2019.

We are pleased to announce our selection panel to include:
Tania Kovats - Artist and Professor of Drawing at Bath Spa University
Deborah Harty - Artist - Researcher
Tim Knowles - Artist - Curator

The publication will focus on an expanded notion of drawing made in Dorset, of Dorset or about Dorset. It will include written contributions contextualising the selection and reflecting new thinking about drawing, with a foreword by Professor Anita Taylor, Executive Dean of Bath School of Art and Design and founding Director of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Anita will also be part of the selection panel.

The publication will retail at an estimated price of £15. Inclusion price is £250 payable on selection. All selected artists will receive 15 copies.


The reference to drawings made ‘in’, ‘of’, and ‘about’, Dorset ensures the final selection spans the breadth of drawings made from observation, experience and imagination as well as experimental and other interrogative means of exploring stimuli and material interpretations of what drawing is today. In particular, categorising work made ‘in Dorset’ ensures the representation of artist’s whose work doesn’t - at least in any direct way - arise from the place.


Please submit all written information and images; up to 3MB jpegs are preferable, via email to [email protected] Larger tiff files will be sought for publication if the applicant is successful. Applications sent via post will not be considered, as selection will be done remotely.

Each entrant is invited to submit up to 3 works of either 2D or 3D drawing, with a maximum size limit of 1.5m in any dimension. All entries must be digital, in jpeg format. All entrants must submit an accompanying statement of up to 50 words, which if successful will be published alongside their drawing in the publication, and a biography of up to 50 words, which should make reference to their connection to Dorset.

All selected entrants must commit to paying the £250 entry fee, which should be paid within seven working days of notification and payable via cheque or bank transfer. All selected entrants will automatically be included in the exhibition and publication, of which they will receive 15 copies.

Video or time-based media can be submitted as 3 video stills, accompanied by 2 videos edited to a preview runtime of 1 minute each. (Please indicate the full runtime of your video in the description of your work). Videos should be uploaded to a password-free hosting site such as Vimeo or Youtube along with a link provided in the required description of your work. Due to the number of submissions, videos protected by passwords cannot be viewed. Artists of interest may be contacted to submit videos of a longer runtime.

Results will be posted online and sent to the emails provided by each applicant.


Monday 18 March 2019: Deadline for entry

Wednesday 10 April 2019: Entrants notified of selectors' decision


Monday 3 July: Delivery of work to Dorset Visual Arts office, Little Keep, Dorchester, 10am - 5pm OR

Wednesday 4 July: Delivery of work to Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston, Swanage, 10am - 12noon

Friday 5 - Wednesday 17 July 2019: Drawn to Dorset: Fifty Drawings Exhibition

Thursday 18 July 2019: Collection of work from Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston, Swanage


Download the Terms & Conditions here

Download a print version of the submission form here



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