Society of Graphic Fine Art

Exhibition Details

Society of Graphic Fine Art
Draw 19

The Drawing Society

Established in 1919, the Society of Graphic Fine Art exists to promote and exhibit works of high quality in colour or black and white with the emphasis on good drawing and draughtsmanship, in pencil, pen, brush, charcoal, conté or any of the forms of original printmaking, as well as any original artwork including paintings, which demonstrate evidence of drawing by hand.

Entry Deadline: 19 July 2019 Midnight

Key Dates

Artist Entry Dates
Entry Deadline Date: 19th July 2019
Entry Deadline Time: midnight

Selection Dates
Selection Notification: September 2019
Artwork Delivery:  Sunday 20th October 2019 between 11.30 – 12.30 to the Menier Gallery or
Thursday 17th October 2019. 12 noon – 3.30 pm or
Saturday 19th October 2019 12 noon – 3.30 pm with Art Move of Chelsea.

Exhibition Dates
Private View:  Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Exhibition Open to Public: Monday 21st October 2019
Collection of unsold work: Sunday 3rd November 2019 11.30 – 12.30

Entry Pricing

Standard Prices
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
First or Single Entry Price: £18
Additional Entries: £18 per artwork up to 3 artworks.

Concession Price for Affiliate Member
Maximum Artwork Entries: 3
First or Single Entry Price: £15
Additional Entries: £15 per artwork up to 3 artworks.

Exhibition Entry Information

General Information
The exhibition will be held at the Menier Gallery, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU.

Submissions of work are invited from visual artists working in any medium which demonstrate evidence of drawing.

Artwork Types
The SGFA exists to promote fine art drawing skills, to this end the selection committee will be looking for strong evidence of drawing in the work submitted. Works acceptable are:
Drawings in any medium: - pencil, coloured pens and pencils, pen and ink, pastels and oil pastels, charcoal, conté, etc;
Any original artwork, including paintings, which demonstrate evidence of drawing by hand: - original printmaking, watercolours, acrylics, etc.

Work that is NOT eligible includes:

  • Digital imagery generated by computer.
  • Giclee prints and all other reproductions and facsimiles.
  • Work previously hung in an SGFA London exhibition.
  • Work that is more than four years old
  • Any work that might infringe on copyright law or is an identifiable reproduction of another’s composition (regardless of media) even with copyright waiver, or if the permission of the artist has been obtained.
  • Any work over 1.2 metres, in either height or width, the measurement based on the outside frame size.

Oversize works: any work one metre or over in either height or width, the measurement based on the outside frame size, shall count as two entries.

Artists submitting more than 2 small framed works, or one large, must include at least one in monochrome.

All work must be for sale.

Pricing for framed work must observe minimum prices: Paintings and drawings £250; editioned prints £150

Framing must be robust, sealed, and fitted with “D” rings and strong nylon hanging cord (if wire is used it must be bound by tape). See below – shows reverse of the work, the cord as hung and where to fix your D rings.  Metal frames are inadmissible. Very heavy/large works may require mirror plates. If your work is accepted please check with the exhibition manager  if your work weighs over 10kg, or is over 1.5 meters in height or width. Because of the hanging system at the Menier gallery please also attach additional ‘D’ rings to the back of your frames about 5cm from the top (curve uppermost) so that your picture can be hung flat to the wall.


No work should have any projections which might damage another frame when stacked.
Elaborate framing and/or coloured mounts are not recommended.
The SGFA reserves the right to reject any work which has framing unsuitable for hanging, or is presented in an unacceptable condition

Submission Procedure
Submission is by online entry only. Please click on the link from our website and follow the instructions

Work selected for exhibition must be for sale. Commission of 40% will be charged for sales. It will be assumed that the sale price includes the cost of any frame and our commission. Please allow for these points when pricing your work. Prices should include VAT if applicable. If you are VAT registered, please provide a VAT number in the box provided. 

All communication will be by email or via the online login process. Applicants will be required to login to see if they have been selected and will be asked to download and print their application details to be delivered with the artwork. Failure to do so could result in work being withdrawn from the exhibition. 

The Selection Committee will select the works for the exhibition. The Selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the Selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Artists are responsible for insuring their own work. All works accepted for exhibition will be displayed entirely at the artists' risk and organisers and the gallery will not accept liability for loss or damage occurring during the exhibition.

Delivery and Collection
Artists are responsible for the delivery and collection of their work at the Gallery. All packaging materials must be removed after delivery (no gallery storage is available for this) and brought back at collection. If you are applying from overseas, please consider how you will get your work to and from the exhibition at the required times.
Work not collected at the stated times will be subject to a daily charge of £10 and will be disposed of after one week. 

If selected please deliver your artwork to:
Menier Gallery, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Sunday 20th October between 11.30 12.30 only.

Alternatively, work can be handed in to Art Moves, Chelsea Self Storage, Blantyre Street,Chelsea, SW10 0EQ on:
Thursday 17th October 2019. 12 noon – 3.30 pm
Saturday 19th October 2019 12 noon – 3.30 pm
Work stored with Art Moves will then be delivered to the Menier Gallery on 20th October.
Some regional collections may be made in August/September.
For further details of these please contact Sharon of Art Moves: 020 7352 7492

By submitting to the exhibition you are deemed to accept and agree to the following:
The decision of the Selectors on all matters Is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
I understand that The Organisers reserves the right to make such changes to the exhibition arrangements and these Terms & Conditions as may be deemed necessary by circumstances.
I authorise The Organisers To process, store, and utilise the data in my submission and agree that, if selected for exhibition, images of my work can be freely used by The Organisers, The Gallery and associated organisations for promotional and publicity purposes.
All information provided by me is true and accurate and that the work submitted is wholly of my own creation.
I have read and understood these terms and conditions and by submitting this application I accept and agree to observe all the Terms And Conditions therein.

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