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THE John Ruskin Prize 2019: shortlist ANNOUNCED

Selected from a record number of entries, prize organisers visual literacy charity The Big Draw joined with the prize’s founder and core supporter The Guild of St George (the education charity set up by Ruskin) announce the shortlist for The John Ruskin Prize 2019.

With an overwhelming response to this year’s prize theme: Agent of Change, 41 artists and designers, working across a broad range of disciplines, have been selected from over 1260 entries for The John Ruskin Prize 2019. This year’s selection panel considered over 3000 artworks, and after an difficult multi-stage selection process, the prize founders and organisers are pleased to announce the 2019 shortlist.

From the shortlisted entries, 3 winners will be announced and awarded their share of the £5K prize fund at the Private View and Prize Giving to be held at The Holden Gallery, Manchester on 11 July 2019. The shortlist exhibition will continue until 24 August.

The john ruskin prize finalists 2019 are:

Balal Aquil /  Omid Asadi / Lucy Burscough / Tracey Bush / Duncan Cameron / Faye Claridge / Judy Clarkson / Wayne Clough / Connor Coulston / Sarah Craske / Smout Allen Design Research /  Sarah Duncan /  Lisa Earley / Kate Genever /  Nigel Goldsmith /  Evagelia Hagikalfa /  Martin Hearne /  Michelle Heron /  Harriet Mena Hill / Marguerite Horner / Benedict Hughes / Juliette Losq / Pinkie Maclure / Farwa Moledina / Julie Moss / Fronc Ng / Kazuki Nishinaga /  Shanti Panchal / Lucy Pass / Lee John Phillips / Hilary Powell / Mike S Redmond & Faye Coral Johnson / Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton / Conor Rogers / Katrin Spranger / Emilia Symis / Kathy Taylor / Danny Treacy / Chao Wang / Pip Woolf / Colin Yates


Hew Locke, Artist; Barbara walker MBE, Artist; Jessie Brennan, Artist; Dr Rachel Dickinson, Director of Education, Guild of St George and Principal Lecturer Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University; Dr Jonathan Foyle, Architectural Historian, Broadcaster & Artist, Professor Tim Brennan, Artist & Head of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and Kate Mason, Director, The Big Draw

The John Ruskin Prize Managing-Director: Rachel Price | Shortlist Exhibition ‘Agent of Change’ curated by: Rachel Price and Zoe Watson

The Prize’s Managing-Director, Rachel Price comments:

“ With the values of the radical Victorian polymath and social reformer John Ruskin at its core, and with his legacy in the spotlight in the bicentenary year of his birth, we are proud that the often challenging themes explored through The John Ruskin Prize resonate so strongly with contemporary artists and designers across the nation.

The overwhelming response to this year’s theme ‘Agent of Change’ highlights the active role of artists as perception shifters and catalysts of positive change in our society. The selected artists’ concerns are as diverse as their material approaches with works that are teeming with passion, dedication and wit. As Ruskin did some 150 years ago, the selected artists shed new light and innovative perspectives on societal, political and environmental issues - the collective voice from the 2019 shortlist is a refreshing antidote to apathy -  with a stark and sometimes satirical reminder that sitting on the fence never changed a thing”.

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” - John Ruskin

Opening on 11 July at The Holden Gallery in Manchester the shortlist exhibition ‘Agent of Change’ will feature challenging work by our 41 prize finalists. The exhibition is free and open to all. The exhibition continues until 24 August 2019.

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