The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award 2023 is open to architects, designers and makers worldwide.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award aims to celebrate and promote the role of drawing within architecture, design and making processes. It is a special category within the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition and has a separate Entry Process and Selection Panel.

This Working Drawing Award aims to explore the role of drawing in design and making processes today and to expand and enhance our knowledge and understanding of working drawings – drawings from which something can or will be made, fabricated or constructed. It is anticipated that architects, designers, engineers, makers, planners, scientists, amongst others, who use drawings to ideate, plan and communicate designs will submit their drawings.

We anticipate receiving submissions of notational or planning drawings, drawings that relate to ideation, sketches, detail drawings, assembly drawings, and other working drawings that represent design and planning, and the communication of designs and ideas to others, for this discrete display within the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition.

Working Drawings are understood to be:

  • Drawings from which something can be made
  • Drawings that communicate or illustrate an idea as part of a process towards production
  • Drawings that facilitate working through the development of an idea
  • Drawings that form an instruction to others to fabricate or construct in any area that drawings are used in this way.

Applications for the Working Drawing Award is by online submission only.  Up to three drawings may be registered by each applicant for consideration by the Working Drawing Award Selection Panel.

All eligible drawing practitioners are invited to submit their entries HERE.


Trinity Buoy Wharf Working Drawing Award – £2,000


The selected working drawings will form a special display as part of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition and will be included in a fully illustrated exhibition publication. The drawings for this display will be chosen by the Selection Panel and will be formed of works that the expert panel consider to be exemplary working drawings. Supplementary material may also be requested for the final display. The decision of the Selection Panel is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into. Please note that we do not expect working drawings to be framed although this may be appropriate for some drawings.


Online registration and upload of digital images of drawings by 5pm on Monday 5 June 2023.

Please note that all entrants for the Working Drawing Award are required to complete the online entry form, select the number of works they wish to submit, and upload digital images of their drawings.

Entrants are asked to carefully read the Rules & Guidelines for the Working Drawing Award and will be asked to confirm acceptance of these rules and guidelines during the online registration process.

The Project Manager for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Parker Harris, may be contacted by email: – please note that this is a Working Drawing Award enquiry in the subject heading of your email.


Applicants may submit up to three drawings on payment of a single Entry Fee for the Working Drawing Award:

Standard Entry: £15

Student Entry: £10



Only drawings made since January 2022 are eligible for entry.

All work submitted must be available from the date of submission in 2023 and for the duration of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2023 exhibition and tour, 2023-2024.

Once registered for entry, no refunds, part or whole will be offered. The applicant is responsible for ensuring their work meets the following criteria:

    • Work should not exceed 2.4m in any dimension when framed.
    • Composite drawings should be presented within one frame.
    • All projections (including mirror plates, d-rings and picture wire) must be removed from frames before submission in order to protect other works.
    • Works that cannot be mirror plated must be accompanied by full installation instructions and, if selected, the artist may be required to provide suitable fixings.
    • You will be asked to confirm that your drawing is your own original work on registration, and it may also be authenticated (i.e.: signed and dated in an appropriate place on the work by the applicant – on the reverse of the drawing or on the back of the frame is acceptable.
    • Frames must be durable for handling and hanging purposes throughout the selection process, exhibition and tour. Perspex frames should be submitted in a packing case for protection during transportation and storage. Please note that clip-framed glass or metal frames are ineligible, as they are dangerous for our handling team.
    • Any unframed works submitted for consideration by the Selection Panel must be provided with adequate protective packaging and clear handling instructions for the selection process, exhibition and national tour.
    • Any work presented unframed must be in suitable packaging g., a poster tube with a removable cap or in a portfolio, portfolio sleeve, or a packing case (as appropriate).
    • It is the entrant’s responsibility to organise and pay for all shipping to their chosen Collection Centre and to declare the artwork on an international postage customs declaration form and pay any customs costs your country may impose. This also applies to return shipping.

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