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Jerwood Drawing Prize awarded to sound piece

Seed Pods by Sigrid Muller Image copyright Sigrid Muller
Image caption Sigrid Muller was awarded second prize for her watercolour drawing Seed Pods

A sound piece, lasting 75 seconds, has won a prestigious prize for drawing.

Adjectives, lines and marks, the winner of this year's £8,000 Jerwood Drawing Prize, will be exhibited alongside two other prize winners from this week.

Its creator, Alison Carlier, describes the piece as "an open-ended audio drawing" that offers "a spoken description of an unknown object".

Established in 1994, the Jerwood Drawing Prize is the UK's largest annual open exhibition for drawing.

It is the first time an artwork consisting solely of sound has won the top prize in its 20-year history.

The extract Carlier reads aloud describes a "hard, red, brown" Roman pot found in the London borough of Southwark.

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Media captionAlison Carlier describes "an open-ended audio drawing"

Its source is a reference book on Roman excavations in south London held by the Museum of London.

"On reading the text aloud, I realised the piece worked similarly to prose," said Carlier, who lives and works in Dorking, Surrey.

"It exists in your head, rather than in a made or finished way. This open-endedness puts it in a similar place to some drawing conventions."

Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz won the Turner Prize four years ago for her sound installation Lowlands Away.

The Jerwood's second prize of £5,000 was awarded to Welsh artist Sigrid Muller for her watercolour drawing Seed Pods.

Ara Choi and Annette Fernando, both art students based in London, received student awards of £2,000 each.

Sally Taylor, from north Yorkshire, received a special commendation for Confused Head 27, a pen and paper collage.

These and 48 other works will feature in this year's prize exhibition, which runs at Jerwood Space in south London until 26 October before visiting other UK venues.

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