Stuck at home: time to enter the John Andrews Drawing Prize 2020.

We are living through strange times. While we are confined and restricted to our homes, a great way to keep your creativity flowing is by drawing.

Drawing is a Method of Thinking, a connective understanding between the eye, the hand, and the mind. At its most primitive level, drawing could be reduced to a single mark: a smudge from the tip of a finger, a scratch from a nail or an imprint from the palm of the hand. On a more esoteric level drawing may be understood and utilised as a vehicle for communicating an abstract idea”.

John Andrews.

The School of Architecture and Design offers an annual drawing prize open to all students across all SoAD courses. This prize is dedicated to the memory of John Andrews, a much-valued colleague who was teaching in the School until his untimely death last year. One of John’s aims was to combine the physicality of drawing with thinking and the pursuit of knowledge. As such this prize aims to demonstrate the importance of drawing as a process of discovery and communication that takes place across our disciplines and also as a subject, medium or method of research.

Once again, we invite all students across the School from any level, to submit a drawing, sketch or diagram. The criteria are, that it be largely hand-drawn and related to notions of ‘discovery’ within the individual students particular studies. The judges will be looking for quality and precision in the use of medium and for success in communicating the drawing’s intention.

One prize will be awarded for an Undergraduate student drawing and one for a Post-Graduate drawing.  The prize will be a magnificent book about the processes and significance of drawing.


  • The drawing can be any size.
  • The drawing can make use of any medium but must be largely hand drawn.
  • The drawing should have a title and be supported by a separate 200 to 300 word text outlining its purpose and/or its intention.
  • Your name must not be on the drawing or the text.  Submit a separate sheet with your name and the title of the drawing.
  • The deadline for submission is 11.00am on Friday 19th of June 2020.
  • The drawing should be uploaded to Miro, which is a free online collaborative platform where your work can be viewed by the judges.
  • Email Terry Meade – – when you are ready to upload the drawing and you will receive an invitation to post it on MIro.