The 20th Jerwood Drawing Prize has been won by Wimbledon College of Arts MA Drawing alumna, artist Alison Carlier, for a sound piece described as an ‘open-ended audio drawing’.

Alison Carlier has been awarded the £8000 first prize for Adjectives, lines and marks, a one minute and 15 second audio work, the first time a work in this medium has been awarded the prize.

Alison describes the work as “an open-ended audio drawing, a spoken description of an unknown object”. The Dorking, Surrey-based artist completed an MA in Drawing at Wimbledon in 2013.

Alison Carlier wins the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. Photo by Bobi Robson.

Alison Carlier wins the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. Photo by Bobi Robson.

The extract Alison reads out in the winning piece describes a Roman pot found in Southwark, not far from Jerwood Space. The source of the text is a reference book held at the Museum of London Archive.

“I was struck by the rich descriptive language of the text, mainly concerning the object’s tone and materiality,” she says. “On reading the text aloud, I realised the piece worked similarly to prose; it exists in your head, rather than in a made or finished way… The adjectives remind me of the texture of dry materials; charcoal, conte, etc. The text seems to align itself, or suggest, marks on a 2D surface.”

Ara Choi wins a student award at the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. Photo by Bobi Robson.

Ara Choi wins a student award at the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. Photo by Bobi Robson.

Also celebrating is London-based artist Ara Choi, who completed an MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts in 2014, and won one of the two student prizes worth £2000 for her drawing Mother No.O in pen and crayon.

As well as the college’s prize-winners, the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 exhibition also features work from other Wimbledon alumni: Shaun Dolan (MA Drawing), Susanna Douglas (MA Fine Art), Alan Hathaway (MA Drawing) and Shivangi Ladha (MFA Fine Art).

A total of 52 works by 46 artists, including eight student works, have been selected for this year’s exhibition which opened at Jerwood Space, London on 17 September, before touring to Cheltenham, Leeds, Bournemouth and Bideford.

Established in 1994, the Jerwood Drawing Prize is the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. Selected from original drawings, it has established a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence, and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK.

The selection panel for the 2014 prize was: Gavin Delahunty, senior curator of contemporary art, Dallas Museum; Dr Janet McKenzie, author and co-editor of Studio International; and Alison Wilding RA, artist. The panel saw 3,234 works by 1,677 entrants over two days.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition continues at Jerwood Space, London until 26 October 2014, before touring.  You can find out more on their website.

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