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Georgian Group launches £1,000 measured drawing prize

Chris Draper’s drawing of Doric House in Bath
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The Georgian Group has launched a measured drawing competition with a top prize of £1,000

Open to artists and architects under 40, the international contest seeks hand-drawn elevations, plans or sections showing the interior or exterior of Georgian-style buildings anywhere in the world.

The award is being supported by the Traditional Architecture Group, a linked society of the RIBA, and is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Georgian Group, set up in 1937 to protect historic buildings in England and Wales. The competition was last held in 2008 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Georgian Group patron the Prince of Wales.

Hugh Petter, contest judge, director at ADAM Architecture and Georgian Group vice-chair said: ‘Measured drawing is the traditional way in which architects learn from their forebears through close observation and recording of architectural form, proportion, materials and detail.

‘Until relatively recently, measured drawing formed part of every architect’s training, but today it is less commonly taught. This prize is an opportunity for students and young architects to develop their analytical and presentational measured drawings skills through the careful study of a Georgian building.’

Georgian architecture – the primary style between 1714 and 1830 during the reigns of George I, George II, George III, and George IV – followed on from the English Baroque works of Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, and was characterised by its Classical symmetry and proportions and its restrained ornamentation.

The award aims to help rekindle the art of measured drawing and to promote the study, appreciation and understanding of Georgian architecture. Among the prize-winning submissions to the last contest was Chris Draper’s drawing of Doric House in Bath (pictured).

Entrants may submit up to two drawings but all material must have been drafted after 1 January 2016. Drawings may focus on any Georgian-style building completed between 1660 and 1840 anywhere in the world.

Applications should include the artist’s CV, a 150-word biography and a short 150-word statement about each art work. Drawings may be in pen or pencil and with colour but may not be computer aided.

Judges include Georgian Group chair Christopher Boyle; vice-chair Petter; Alireza Sagharchi, chair of the Traditional Architecture Group; Russell Taylor of Russell Taylor Architects; and John Wilton-Ely a professor at the University of Hull.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 Georgian Group Awards, and receive £1,000. There will also be a second prize of £500.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on 30 June.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Georgian Group
6 Fitzroy Street

Tel: 020 7529 8920
Email: office@georgiangroup.org.uk


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