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Competition: Drawing Matter Writing Prize 2020

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The Drawing Matter Trust has launched a new writing contest featuring a £5,000 prize fund

The competition invites people aged 18 to 40 to submit a short essay that explores the role of drawings in the ‘process of design, and the buildings or objects they represent’.

The call for submissions, which could become an annual event, aims to generate a number of texts that respond to items within the Drawing Matter collection – an archive of architects’ drawings, designed by Hugh Strange and located in rural Somerset. Two winners will each receive £1,000 and up to 10 runners-up will each win £300.

In its brief, the trust says; ‘We welcome a broad range of approaches towards writing, and voices from art history, the sciences and humanities, alongside practitioners – architects, designers, photographers, artists, students and writers.

‘Entrants to the Writing Prize should submit two texts: a long-form text (1,000–1,500 words); and a short-form text (no more than 350 words). Each text must address a different architectural or design drawing, or sequence of drawings; one of these texts must be on a work from the collection of Drawing Matter. For the long-form text, entrants may choose to include up to three additional illustrations.’

The Drawing Matter archive is part of the Shatwell Farm complex in Somerset, which includes installations by Peter Smithson, Álvaro Siza, Cedric Price and buildings by Hugh Strange and Stephen Taylor.

The archive hosts the drawing collection of Niall Hobhouse and receives several thousand visitors every year. 

Judges will include architecture critic Edwin Heathcote; the writer and historian Rosemary Hill; Anthony Geraghty, professor of history of art at the University of York; the design historian Tanya Harrod; and Architecture Foundation director Ellis Woodman.

The entry fee is £1 and the deadline for applications is 19 June.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: editors@drawingmatter.org

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