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SKETCH OPEN 2017 - Sketchbook Drawing Prize
image above: Barbara Sykes' sketchbook on the catalogue cover.

100 artists' sketchbooks were selected from over 500 international submissions for the SKETCH 2017 competition and touring exhibition. We are delighted to announce the following prizes:


  • 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
  • Chitra Parvathy Merchant
    Plymouth College of Art Sketch Student Prize

with the following prizes to be awarded at the tour venue.

  • Lancaster Arts Commission Prize

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.

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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 Hagesæther

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

Benat 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


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

Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize

Catalogue of the artists sketchbooks selected for the SKETCH 2017 Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize. This book is currently only available to purchase online via by following the buy now link below. PDF versions also available. We may be printing more of this catalogue at a later date so please sign up to our news to get updates sign up.

Publication Price £27 / PDF version £2.99
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Lucy Austin sketchbook - selected artist 2017
above: Lucy Austin, sketchbook, selected artist 2017
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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