Drawing Biennial 2019

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 20 February – 26 March · Auction: 11 March 10am – 26 March 9.30pm


The Auction

The auction provides the perfect opportunity to either begin or develop your collection.  Our team can guide your bidding and suggest reasonable bids.  

How to Bid

  • Register as a bidder online or in the gallery.
  • Bid on works from 10am on Monday 11 March
  • The site will close for bidding at 9.30pm on Tuesday 26 March
  • You will receive email reminders and alerts on active bids throughout the auction dates.

Choose your favourites

View and ‘watch’ favourite works from 10am on Tuesday 12 Feb.

Start your bid early

We will accept starting bids on all works at the discretion of the Directors, and on a first come first serve basis. Please contact [email protected] to start your bid early.


Maximum bids

You are more likely to be the winning bidder if at the outset you place a maximum bid i.e. the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the work. Your maximum bid is not visible to other bidders. There are no additions to the final bid price (i.e. no buyer’s premium is added and no VAT).

The auction site will automatically place bids on your behalf, but only as much is necessary to make sure that you remain the highest bidder, until it reaches your maximum bid. These automatic bids are placed in increments, as follows:

£50 increments for bids of £300 - £1,000
£100 increments for bids of £1,000 - £2,000
£250 increments for bids of £2,000 - £5,000
£500 increments for bids of £5,000 plus

If another bidder exceeds your maximum bid you will receive an automatic notification.

How maxiumum bids work:

For example:

You place a bid of £300, and a maximum bid of £1,000
Bidder no. 2 places a bid at the next increment - £350
Your bid is increased automatically by £50, to £400, and you receive an automatic notification
If no one else bids for the work, it is yours for £400
If additional bids are placed our system will automatically increase your bid by £50 increments, notifying you with each increase, to make sure that you remain the highest bidder, until bidding reaches your maximum bid. 
You will be informed by email when our system places a bid on your behalf and when your maximum has been outbid.


Please do not hesitate to telephone us on +44 (0)20 7708 2554 if you have any issues with online bidding.


Browsing Tips:

There is a page for each work; at the bottom of the page you can return to the previous image, or go onto the next.  This saves you returning to the thumbnail image page.  


Drawing Biennial Auction Terms and Conditions

In consideration of your use of Drawing Room’s website you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Bidder's Registration form and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any Registration Data that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if we have grounds to suspect that such Registration Data is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, Drawing Room has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse your participation in the auction.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your auction password and Bidder number and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password, Bidder number or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password, Bidder number or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this paragraph.

To ensure that you receive all email notifications, add [email protected] to contacts and corporate white lists. Drawing Room is not responsible for missed email notifications.

By agreeing to the terms and conditions of this website you are agreeing that if your bid for a particular drawing is the highest bid you will pay the amount of that bid to Drawing Room for that drawing. Payments can be made by BACS, credit/debit card, cheque or cash and must be made before or on collection of the drawing. Works purchased in Drawing Biennial 2019 cannot be returned or exchanged.

Drawing Room will arrange shipment of works by Royal Mail as selected by you at the time of ordering. Alternatively you can arrange the collection of the work from the gallery or courier collection for London Zones 1-3 only. The cost of shipment of work is borne by the customer. Works are sufficiently packaged in hard backed envelopes. Drawing Room reserves the right to refuse any claims for items based on packaging. Works sent via Royal Mail services are at the customer’s own risk.

As a customer you agree to:
Ensure all address information supplied is accurate and complete. Any discrepancies in the information supplied may result in a delay in transit, loss, additional charges or the parcel being returned to sender. If any additional costs are encountered by Drawing Room due to incorrect information it will be the customer’s responsibility to cover these costs.