Now in its 4th, record year, The John Ruskin Prize 2017 has received over 1000 entries in response to a UK wide call to artists, makers and innovators. In early May our panel of judges, over two selection dates, select a shortlist of 20 artists and makers to exhibit at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield in a high profile exhibition in The City of Makers throughout the summer. The three winners will be announced at The Private View and Prize Giving on Tuesday 20 June 2017 will be awarded prizes of £3000 (1st Prize), £1000 (2nd Prize) and £1000 (Student Prize) at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. Click here to join the Private View event. Thank you to everyone who has submitted this year.

The exhibition will continue until 8 October at The Millennium Gallery.  


Monday 24 April 2017 | 5pm - Deadline for entries

Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Public Shortlist Announcement (20+ artists) | Press enquiries to Amy Clancy @

Tuesday 20 June | 6-8pm - Prizewinners announcement > Private view + Prize giving at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield - Join facebook event here.

Wednesday 21 June - Sunday 8 October - Master of All Trades: The John Ruskin Prize 2017 shortlist exhibition. Open daily at Millennium Gallery Sheffield. 

Inspired by the Victorian artist, critic and scholar, the award was established in 2012 by The Big Draw in collaboration with the Guild of St George.  The 2017 Prize invited artists, makers and craftspeople from across the UK to investigate the theme of the artist as polymath, a multi-skilled master of many 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. 

Rachel Price, Managing Director of The John Ruskin Prize, says: “We are seeking entries from creative practitioners who are harking back to a way of working that defies easy categorisation and identifies with the fact that innovation is born from leakage between approaches - be it in concept, discipline or material.” 

There are two main categories to enter: the Main Prize and the Student Prize. Winners from each category are awarded a significant cash prize of £3000 for the First Prize, £1000 for the Second Prize and £1000 for the Student Prize Winner.

A shortlist of 20 artists selected from the entrants will be exhibited at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield from 21st June – 8th October 2017. The shortlist exhibition will provide a contemporary counterpart to The Ruskin Collection, which is cared for by Museums Sheffield and on display at the Millennium Gallery. Artists were invited to submit work in a range of 2D and 3D mediums – though photography and film are not eligible.