THE JOHN RUSKIN PRIZE 2019
In celebration of the bicentenary of John Ruskin's birth in 2019, the next call for artists will be announced in late 2018 for selection, exhibition and prize giving in summer 2019. To receive the call as soon as it is announced next year please sign up to our artist opportunities newsletter here.
The John Ruskin Prize was inaugurated in 2012 by The Big Draw (formerly the Campaign for Drawing) and The Guild of St George. It aims to uphold Ruskin’s belief that drawing (in it's widest possible definition) helps us to see the world more clearly and therefore take greater heed of its fragility. The Prize promotes and provides exposure of emerging and established artists and makers using a wide range of media and techniques.
The John Ruskin Prize 2017, Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack, celebrated artist as polymath. The critically acclaimed shortlist exhibition was held at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield from June - October 2017 and showcased an eclectic range of work of the 26 prize finalists, selected from over 1000 entries. 3 winners were awarded a total of £5000 in prizes and the exhibition attracted over 44,000 visitors. READ MORE.
Prize news and Press from The John Ruskin Prize 2017
Exhibition Critic's Choice, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, Saturday 01.07.17
'Masters of creativity under the spotlight in Ruskin show'
In the picture feature
'Polymath artworks add up to an impressive shortlist'
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Graduate’s ‘Lip-Spoons’ shortlisted for top arts prize. Read here.
The John Ruskin Prize 2017: Shortlist announced. Read here.
By Pippa Koszerek
Norfolk by Design
Crochetdermy® shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize 2017. Read here.
By Paul Vater
The John Ruskin Prize 2017 Shortlist announced Read Press Release.
Call for entries now closed. Many thanks to the 1000+ artists, makers, designers and innovators who entered this year's Prize celebrating artist as polymath.
about THE JOHN RUSKIN PRIZE
Still a relatively new award, The John Ruskin Prize has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting and challanging multi-disciplinary art prizes in the UK. Inaugurated in 2012, The Guild of St. George renewed its links with The Big Draw (formerly The Campaign for Drawing) to inaugurate The John Ruskin Prize - open to all artists over 18 working in the UK. The Prize allows us promote and give exposure to the work of emerging artists using a wide range of media and techniques. The Prize’s emphasis on observation reflects John Ruskin’s belief that drawing helps us to see the world more clearly, and therefore take greater heed of its fragility. READ MORE + ARCHIVE
This year’s theme: Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack refers to the Artist as Polymath. Open to a range of interpretations and approaches, the theme is intended to lend itself to responses from artists and makers whose work celebrates the opportunity to marry diverse materials and disciplines.
In celebration of ‘Artist as Polymath’, 2017 marks the first year that The Prize will be open to makers and craftspeople, as well as fine artists. Alongside Ruskin’s own career as a polymath, the theme has been jointly inspired by The Year of Making in Sheffield, which took place throughout 2016, and The Big Draw’s year of STEAM Power, which celebrates the interconnections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths
The selection panel will announce the 1st Prize, 2nd Prize and Student Prize Winners with a total prize fund of £5,000 at the Private View of the shortlist exhibition on 20th June 2017.