Double delight for Lewes artists in drawing exhibition

Two Lewes artists have been selected for a prestigious exhibition.

They are Liz Lake and Patricia Thornton – and it’s quite an achievement.

The forthcoming Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition 2013 will feature work by fewer than 80 artists nationally, so to have two from the county town is remarkable.

It is the largest and longest running annual open exhibtion for drawing in the UK.

The Prize aims to explore and celebrate the diversity, excellence and range of current drawing practice in the country.

An independent panel of selectors, Kate Brindley, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art mima; artist Michael Craig-Martin RA; and Charlotte Mullins, art critic, writer, broadcaster and Editor of Art Quarterly, has brought together an exhibition of 76 works by 76 artists.

The shortlist includes established artists as well as relative newcomers and students fresh from art college.

The selected works will be exhibited at Jerwood Visual Arts at Jerwood Space, London, from September 11 to October 29, and will then tour venues across the UK, including the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University; The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, and Plymouth Arts Centre; and the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University.

The London exhibition is part of the London Design Festival taking place from September 14-22. The prizes, which will be awarded to the winning artists at a ceremony on September 10, are a first prize of £8,000, a second prize of £5,000 and two student awards of £2,000 each.