News: prizes, competition successes and other exhibitions

This is the page where we blow each others’ trumpets when a member of HB Drawing wins a prize or is selected for a show!


The ING Discerning Eye exhibition 2021 will include these two portraits by Caragh Savage.

Another year, another HB artist is selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize! This year, Su Bonfanti‘s windowscape drawing has been shortlisted and will be in the 2021 exhibition.

Su Bonfanti ‘windowscape Keswick 01’, 2020: graphite on paper; 56x38cm

No fewer than three HB artists have had worked selected for the show Figurative Art Now, celebrating 60 years of the Federation of British Artists. This is an online show which will be launched on Wednesday 7 July and will be available until Monday 20 September.

Ruth Richmond will be showing the drawing on the left: Forest Floor Autumn, 2020; and Janine Hall will be showing White Light on Black Water (2) (River Thames – Incoming Tide) 2020, below right.

The show will include three drawings by Su Bonfanti: two from the postcard series Wish You Were Here and the triptych Seascapes.

The Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Open Exhibition 2021 will include this drawing by Ruth Richmond. The show will be at the Mall Galleries, London from Tuesday 6 July to Sunday 11 July 2021.

Ruth Richmond ‘NSW Forest Floor Before the Fire’ 2020

Caroline Holt-Wilson is one of a group of six artists and two poets who each created a piece of work about CoVid and then sent it to another member of the group who created work in response. The works circulated round the group and the resulting responses, including this one by Caroline, are on show in Track and Trace at the Art Shop and Chapel, Cross Street, Abergavenny from 19 June to 27 July 2021.


The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2020 will include work by two HB artists, Rosalind Barker and Su Bonfanti. The show is entirely online this year and will be available to view from Thursday 19 November to Thursday 31 December 2020.

Su Bonfanti ‘yellow flats, Trinity Buoy Wharf’ 2020: coloured pencil; 15cm x 20cm
Rosalind Barker ‘Piece 1’ from the Token Women series, 2019: 0.05 pigment liner on translucent paper; 38cm x 38cm x 4cm

No less than three HB artists have had work selected for the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Open Exhibition 2020. The exhibition was planned to run at the RWA in Bristol from 21 November 2020 to 7 March 2021. When the gallery reopens, you may need to book in advance and the gallery may be open for reduced hours, so do check their website before visiting. But all the work should be available to view online as well.

Caragh Savage Morphometry of Essence III, 2020 charcoal, silverpoint and varnish on gesso board; 21cm x 29.5cm

Su Bonfanti portakabins, Clapham Junction 2020: charcoal, silverpoint and varnish on gesso board; 21cm x 29.5 cm

Rosalind Barker Piece 2 from the Token Women series, 2019: 0.05 pigment liner on translucent paper; 38cm x 38cm x 4cm

Two drawings by Janine Hall have been selected for the Society of Women Artists Open Exhibition 2020. The show is entirely online and available to view here until 31 December 2020.

This drawing, Untitled (Glass Shadows) 2020, graphite on paper, is a study in showing how the shadows of a Victorian champagne and water glass move slowly s from a sharp image, dissolving into a soft one

This second drawing, Untitled (Window Shadow) shows the light and shade from a steel window cast across a stool and concrete floor in an old pencil factory in Portugal, where Janine had a residency in 2019. Each layer of pencil is polished to produce a deep dark effect with a velvety feeling and an overall soft shine, depending on how light falls across the work.

These ‘soul poles’ by Ruth Richmond have been selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition 2020. The show will debut at Drawing Projects, Trowbridge, Wiltshire from 2 to 31 October before moving to other venues; full details here. The poles are from Ruth’s own woodland trees and the marks are made with chalk paint and burned contour lines. They were made during lockdown with one for each member of her family.

Janine Hall has had a drawing selected for the Derwent Art Prize 2020. All the shortlisted drawings will be on show at the Gallery @OXO in London from Wednesday 22 April to Sunday 3 May, before going to a gallery 20 rue Saint Claude, Paris from Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 May.

‘X’, 2019: graphite; 59cm x 42cm

Two HB artists have work in a show open to residents of the London Borough of Richmond: the Diana Armfield Exhibition of drawings made from direct observation. The show is on at the Barn Church, 41 Atwood Ave, Kew, Richmond TW9 4HF from Tuesday 25 February to Sunday 1 March, noon to 5pm. Private view and prize giving Thursday 27 February 6-8pm. Su Bonfantis is the drawing on the left: rainy day paving 2019, made from the comfort of her sitting room looking out at the garden. And Caragh Savage is showing the two drawings on the right: Reclining Head 1, 2016 and Reclining Head 2, 2015.

Ruth Richmond has two works in the exhibition Fifty Bees 4 at Black Swan Arts in Frome, which runs from Saturday 8 February to Saturday 14 March. The Private View is on Friday 7 February from 6-8pm if you are in the area.

The show has been created by Somerset artist Lydia Needle who has sculpted fifty British bees in wool and stitch; fifty other artists, including Ruth, have created responses to each bee. The intention is to highlight the importance of bees in our ecosystem, their contribution to pollination and new birth and their precarious plight.

Lassioglossum Bark Drawings, 2020: pigment on branch; 80x30cm
Lassioglossum pollen drawings, 2020

Work by several HB artists is on show in Thinking Graphite at Drawing Projects in Trowbridge, Wiltshire until Saturday 1 February 2020. The exhibition is the outcome of a project developed by a group of artists who met on the MA Drawing programme at Wimbledon College of Arts, in association with the Viarco Pencil Factory, São João da Madeira in Portugal. You can read more about their residency in 2019 here. The range of work is extraordinary and reflects the encouragement and challenge offered by the environment and resources at Viarco. Shown right is ‘Selfie’ by Janine Hall.

Janine Hall ‘Selfie’ 2019: graphite

Below are two works by Caroline Holt-Wilson: Factory Line, 2020: graphite stick on card; 8cm x 13cm and Rope Line and Monkey Knot, 2020: graphite powder on newsprint; dimensions variable.

Factory Line, 2020: graphite stick on card
Rope Line and Monkey Knot, 2020: graphite powder on newsprint
Janine Hall ‘Heading for Barnes’ 2019: graphite



The Pastel Society have selected a drawing by Janine Hall for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. The show runs from Wednesday 5 February to Sunday 16 February, open 10am to 5pm daily.


Rosalind Barker was runner up in the Overdrawn London Drawing Group/Dark Yellow Dot Drawing Prize 2019. Circles was one of the works she entered. You can see it along with all the other finalists’ work at Buster Mantis, 4 Resolution Way, Deptford SE8 4NT from 28 March to 25 April.

Rosalind Barker ‘Circles’ 2018: fineliner on paper

The first success of 2019: Janine Hall‘s drawing Pool has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize. It will be on show from 5-17 March 2019 at the Mall Galleries, London SW1, open 10am to 5pm every day. 

Janine Hall: ‘Pool’ 2019: graphite on paper


New HB member, Caroline Holt-Wilson‘s drawing Traces 1 was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 and has been part of the touring exhibition being shown in London, Norwich, Bath, Canterbury, Newcastle and finally Trowbridge in August and September 2018.

Traces 1, 2017: graphite; A3

Not one but two members of HB have been shortlisted in the Drawing and Printmaking category of the Signature Art Prize 2018/19:

Su Bonfanti with A True Story, 2017, a piece made for her final degree show and Ruth Richmond with Momentum in 8 rectangles, made recently.

A True Story, 2017: graphite, ink, acrylic phototransfer; 150cm x 400cm; photograph by


Momentum in 8 rectangles, 2018: mixed media on paper; 152cm x 70cm

Ruth also has a new piece, Blood Rhythms 3, in the Curator’s Selection Preview of the SFSA Painting Open, which will be at SFSA’s new studios in Wembley on Thursday 22 November.

Blood Rhythms 3, 2018: ink on paper, 27cm x 19cm


Janine Hall has two works selected for the SFSA Painting Open 2018 and shown at the No Format Gallery. Below is one of the works:

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Looking through to the other side (2) – Watercolour on paper, 2018. 15 x 15 cms

Janine Hall will be showing the piece below in the South West Academy Open 2018 at Exeter Castle, from 11 to 23 November.


Shadows Reflections – Graphite on paper, 2018. 84 x 59.3 cm

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2018 will include this drawing by Janine Hall. In making this drawing, she was inspired by research at the British Museum Prints and Drawing room and images collected on one of our As I Walked Out excursions. The exhibition will be at the Mall Galleries in central London from Thursday 15 to Sunday 25 November 2018.

Janine Hall ‘White Light on Black Water’ (River Thames), 2018: pencil on paper; 30cm x 30cm, framed 50cm x 50cm

Caragh Savage has had a drawing shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 (formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize), for the second year running. Here is After Julia III, which you can see in the show at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 0JY from 29 September to 17 October 2018. Details of the dates for the touring venues at the Arts University Bournemouth, the Royal Drawing School London, Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge and the Chapel Gallery in Omskirk can be found here.


Su Bonfanti has had this drawing, Tanhurst House/Piazza Epiro, shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize 2018. It will be shown at the Mall Galleries in central London from 18 to 23 September 2018; then at Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge from 29 September to 10 November 2018; ending up at The Pencil Museum, Cumbria, from 15 November 2018 to 31 January 2019.

Su Bonfanti ‘Tanhurst House/Piazza Epiro’ 2017: graphite on acrylic photo-transfer; 70 x 50 cm

A drawing by Su Bonfanti Analysis of Motion was selected for the show My Muybridge at Kingston Museum, Kingston-upon-Thames, which runs until 7 July 2018.

Su Bonfanti ‘Analysis of Motion’ 2018: fineliner on paper; 60 x 42 cm


The Marcus Beale Architect Prize and Residency 2017 was awarded to Janine Hall. During the week-long residency Janine visited sites in Oxford and Wimbledon, taking reference photographs, and then worked in the architectural practice, producing this drawing, Outside In.

Janine Hall ‘Outside In’ 2017: graphite on paper,59 x 84 cm


The Maggie Clarke Sketchbook Prize is awarded each year to a student graduating from the MA Drawing course at Wimbledon College of Arts. In 2017 Ruth Richmond won the prize for this concertina sketchbook.

Ruth Richmond ‘Sketchbook’ 2017

Caragh Savage’s drawing Henriette: Quiet Memory was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 and has been part of the touring exhibition being shown in London, Norwich, Bath, Canterbury, Newcastle and finally Trowbridge in August and September 2018.

Caragh Savage ‘Henriette: Quiet Memory’ 2017: charcoal on paper