The Drawing Matter to announce the return of the writing prize.
Register: JUN/01/2021, Submit: JUN/01/2021, Eligibility: Architects, designers, artists, historians and theorists of art and architecture, writers; undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD research students; anyone with or without a background in architecture or design, Fee: ticket (1 GBP) or ticket (1 GBP) + voluntary contribution (4 GBP), Awards: Autograph Prize: General – 1,000 GBP (Pound sterling) (approx. 1,155 EUR), Student – 1,000 GBP; Archive Prize: General – 1,000 GBP, Student – 1,000 GBP
The Drawing Matter Trust is pleased to announce the return of the Drawing Matter Writing Prize. The competition invites participants to carefully look at drawings and to consider what they reveal about the process of design, and the buildings or objects they represent. We take the word ‘drawing’ to be as much a verb as a noun, and a shorthand for describing any process of design with a purpose – a building or an object – for which it is being made. The drawing itself may be something other than paper and pencil, a plan or section; it may encompass a sequence or series (such as a sketchbook), or a broad range of techniques, such as collage, photography, models, paintings and, of course, digital media. This year, the competition is divided into two categories: Autograph and Archive. Participants are invited to enter either or both categories and should submit one text of up to 1500 words per category.
Category 1: Autograph
Autograph offers the opportunity for writers to reflect on a drawing – or drawings – that they have made themselves. The focus of the text might be on the author’s use of particular techniques and materials (analogue, digital, or anything in-between), or a drawing type or representational mode that they have developed personally and has become a key part of their design process.
Category 2: Archive
This category asks for texts on contemporary and historical drawings held in the Drawing Matter collection and other drawings collections and archives. In these essays participants should focus on the objects themselves and their meaning, balancing considerations of the process of making drawings, context, and the relationships between drawings and buildings – both built and unbuilt.
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