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Soheila Sokhanvari, Two serious ladies, Egg tempera on velium Two serious ladies (2015) Soheila Sokhanvari, egg tempera on velium

The Jerwood Drawing Prize - the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK - opens tomorrow.

Selected from original drawings, the Jerwood Drawing Prize has established a reputation for promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. The exhibition provides a platform to showcase the work of drawing practitioners, from student to established. The wider project helps to define a wider understanding of the role and value of drawing in creative practice.

The longevity of the prize, which has been running since 1994, is a testament to the appetite of the artists who make drawings, and the continued interest of audiences visiting the exhibition, making it one of the most popular shows in the Jerwood Visual Arts programme.

A total of 60 works by 58 artists, including one collaboration, have been carefully selected for exhibition by the panel; Dexter Dalwood, Salima Hashmi and John-Paul Stonard. The range of works this year is particularly impressive, with artists testing the limits of their draughtsmanship in exciting ways.

The first prize of8,000, second prize of5,000 and two student awards of2,000 each, will be announced and awarded to the winning artists at the preview tomorrow. The exhibition will be on display at Jerwood Space in London from 16 September 25 October, followed by a tour to venues across the UK, including Cheltenham Art Gallery, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, and Falmouth Art Gallery.

The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 exhibition opens at Jerwood Space, London on 15 September - 25 October

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