Penny McCarthy wins the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Composite banner image of Penny McCarthy's 'DNA in Nature' and the logo of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Prize logo

Update – 10 December 2019

Penny’s achievement was recently featured in the Contemporary Visual Arts Network in a piece celebrating three Sheffield artists winning prestigious national awards over the past few months. Find out more here.

We are pleased to announce that Penny McCarthy was last week awarded the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award at this year’s Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. Penny, a Reader in Fine Art at SHU, had two of her drawings in the exhibition: DNA in Nature and Photo 51. As part of the award, Penny will receive a £10,000 prize and go on to hold a solo exhibition at the prestigious Hastings Contemporary in 2020-2021, exploring events and archives specific to Hastings itself.

Penny’s graphite drawings typically evolve through a ‘time-heavy and painstaking process of transcription, using archival material and images’.

Penny McCarthy's 'Photo51'

Penny McCarthy’s Photo 51

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is the pre-eminent annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK with a commitment to championing excellence and promoting and celebrating the breadth of contemporary drawing practice within the UK. The project is led by founding Director Professor Anita Taylor and supported by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust.

Penny McCarthy's 'DNA in Nature'

Penny McCarthy’s DNA in Nature

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition will be presented at The Salisbury Museum in Wiltshire from 12 October 2019 to 11 January 2020. It will then return to Trinity Buoy Wharf where it will be available to view from 18 January to 2 February 2020. The exhibition will then tour to The Gallery at De Montfort University in Leicester from 21 February to 18 April 2020.

Find out more news about the prize here.


Penny McCarthy is a Reader in Fine Art in the Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about Penny’s work here.