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SKETCH OPEN 2017 - Sketchbook Drawing Prize

Sketch 2017 has now been selected from an international submission of over 500 Sketchbooks. We are delighted to announce the shortlisted prize-winners representing the 100 Sketchbooks to be exhibited in SKETCH2017. The prize-winners will be announced on Saturday 20 May.

We would like to thank our panel of Judges - Tom Hammick, painter and printer; Peter Randell-Page RA, sculptor; GIll Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints), Word & Image Dept, V&A Museum; our generous sponsors and all the artists who submitted this year.

Selected Artists:
Nidhi Agarwal, Nilofar Akmut, Lucy Austin, Peter Avery, Michelle Avison, Naomi Avsec, Richard Baker, Garry Barker, Brian Bishop, Andy Black, Kate Black, Patrick Blower, Julie Bolus, Neil Bousfield, Meg Buick, Robbie Bushe, Tom Cartmill, Becca Collins, Eugenia Cuellar, Yael David-Cohen, Mel Day, Anne Desmet, Clare Dudeney, Cameron Duke, Richard Eastwood, Peter Esslemont, Anny Evason, David Ferry, Coral G Guest, Nikki Gardham, Yolanta Gawlik, Chris Gilbert, Christopher Green, Beatrice Haines, Lesley Hicks, Tracy Himsworth, Eunju Hitchcock-Yoo, James Hobbs, Louise Holgate, Hilary Owers & Graham Hooper, Laura Hudson, Neil Irons, Lily Irwin, Paul Jackson, Alexander Johnson, Anne Kristin Hages, Karen Lorenz, Christine Mackey, Tony Martin, Patrick Martin, Lynda Marwood, Anna McDowell, Ruth Miemczyk, Julie Moss, Stephen Mumberson, Liz Myhill, Maureen Nathan, Simon Nicholas, Maureen O'Leary, Alison O'Neill, Beñat Olaberria, Edith Pargh Barton, Simon Parish, Helena Park, Stephanie Parr, Chitra Parvathy Merchant, Caroline Pedler, Howard Read, Chloe Regan, Margot Shores, Julie-Ann Simpson, Serena Smith, Barbara Sykes, Sadie Tierney, Luke Treece-Birch, David Willetts, Melanie Wickham
Anne Desmet - sketchbook page, selected artist 2017
above: Anne Desmet RA, sketchbook page, selected artist 2017


  • Garry Barker
    SKETCH 2017 Derwent Prize –FIRST
  • Lesley Hicks
    SKETCH 2017 Derwent Prize –SECOND
  • Benat Ollaberria
    SKETCH 2017 Derwent Prize –STUDENT
  • Tom Cartmill
    SKETCH 2017 Rabley Print Edition Prize
  • Tracy Himsworth
    SKETCH 2017 Black Swan Arts Solo Exhibition Prize

Lancaster Arts Commission Prize
Plymouth College of Art Sketch Student Prize

To be awarded at the tour venue.

Sadie Tierney - sketchbook page, selected artist 2017
above: Sadie Tierney, sketchbook, selected artist 2017


21 May – 17 June 2017
Rabley Drawing Centre
Rabley Barn
Marlborough, SN8 2LW

22 July – 3 September 2017
Black Swan Arts, Frome
2 Bridge Street
Frome, BA11 1BB

9 September – 6 October 2017
Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place
Plymouth PL4 8AT

20 November – 15 December 2017
Peter Scott Gallery
Lancaster Arts
Great Hall Complex
Lancaster University LA1 4YW

Lucy Austin sketchbook - selected artist 2017
above: Lucy Austin, sketchbook, selected artist 2017


  • 21 -28 April - Sketchbook deliveries by post to Rabley
  • 28-30 April - Sketchbook drop off in person
  • 20 May - Opening and prize-giving
Selected artists will now need to send in their sketchbooks. You will have received labels for use with your selection email. You can also download the labels here by clicking the link below.
For enquiries please email:


Lucy Austin sketchbook - selected artist 2017
above: Tom Cartmill, sketchbook, selected artist 2017

The competition and touring exhibition SKETCH, aims to promote the diversity and importance of drawing and the role of the sketchbook in contemporary creative practice.

SKETCH is not intended to be a survey of the sketchbook, but a to generate creative impetus and provide a forum for debate. The sketchbook is a place  for impossible experiments alongside the ordinary and the observed. Viewing them can be a journey through the most intimate studio space of the artist.

 “The handling of a sketchbook takes us to the heart of the space inhabited by the artist - The turning of a page brings a flow of ideas: fragments of images to come, references to places visited, experiences absorbed and thoughts provoked. It is a unique and privileged position, the prospect excites and the time spent rewards.” Meryl Setchel Ainslie

In 2005, Meryl Ainslie, founder and director of Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire launched the SKETCH Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize. SKETCH is the UK’s only art prize for artist’s sketchbooks with a dedicated touring sketchbook exhibition.

This year we are really delighted to be working with Parker Harris, one of the leading visual arts consultancies in the UK. Parker Harris specialise in the delivery of visual arts projects spanning all disciplines and applications will be made using their online portal. More information about Parker Harris on their website


Meg Buick reviews her SKETCH award

"The Rabley Sketch Student Prize gave me the opportunity to work in the Drawing and Printmaking department of Plymouth College of Art. As well a bursary to buy materials and the chance to develop my work in the printmaking studio, I was also able to build a connection with the students and tutors on the Painting, Drawing and Printmaking BA course. I spent several visits developing a series of monotypes, and also began teaching workshops to the students. One of the best outcomes of the residency has been the experience of teaching on the course, and this has become a long-term collaboration - I continue to teach at Plymouth as a visiting lecturer. The prize gave me the encouragement and opportunity to continue developing my practice, and in December I will have a solo show at Mercer Chance Gallery in Hoxton, London – details will soon be on my website"

Meg Buick – SKETCH prize winner 2013 

image above: Meg Buick working at Plymouth College of Art

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Plymouth College of Art Lancaster Arts Black Swan Arts
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