Every year, the vital support of The John Ruskin Prize generous founders and supporters means that three selected winners receive significant prize money to help them further their practice. In addition, all Prize finalists benefit from exhibiting and selling their work to a wider audience at a major UK gallery or museum, and from inclusion in a widely circulated printed catalogue and addition to the accompanying online Ruskin Prize Editions collection.  

Prize winners and finalists have gone on to be shortlisted and win further major art prizes, instigate joint social art projects with their fellow Ruskin Prize finalists and secure residencies and scholarships both in the UK and abroad. Facilitated by The John Ruskin Prize, shortlisted works have been acquired by major public and private collections including: The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Ruskin Collection and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.  

If you are interested in reaching an engaged audience of artists and art lovers and supporting the work of emerging UK artists through the annual John Ruskin Prize please contact:  Rachel Price, The John Ruskin Prize Manager Director by e-mail at rachel@thebigdraw.org or by telephone on +44 (0) 203 758 4118. 

the guild of st george



The Guild of St George is the charity for arts, crafts and the rural economy founded by John Ruskin in 1871. The name refers to the medieval guilds and Venetian scuole that Ruskin admired for bringing creative individuals together. 

Most significantly, Ruskin established an exemplary, educational collection of art and artefacts (paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, architectural casts, books, manuscripts, and coins). Opened to the public in 1875, St George’s Museum was based in Walkley, on a hill away from the smoke of industrial Sheffield, whose artisans and craftsmen Ruskin sought to inspire. The Collection moved to Meersbrook Hall in 1890 and later to Norfolk Street in the city centre.

Today, the Ruskin Collection (as it is now called) is free to view at the Millennium Gallery. Fresh displays are arranged twice a year in its own dedicated space next to the Winter Gardens. In 2015, the Guild initiated a project, RUSKIN in SHEFFIELD, to re-invigorate the relationships between Ruskin, the Guild, and Sheffield’s communities. The third of the Guild’s Triennial Exhibitions, In the Making: Ruskin, Creativity and Craftsmanship, was held at the Millennium Gallery in 2016. Previous exhibitions have explored Ruskinian concerns around the role of art in society, and issues of sustainability, Aesthetics and the environment.

In 2000 the Guild founded the Campaign for Drawing. This grew into the modern, independent charity, The Big Draw, to which the Guild still makes an annual donation. In 2012, the Guild began to fund The John Ruskin Prize. Like many of the Guild’s activities, the Prize aims to encourage people to explore Ruskinian values and ideas in the context of contemporary life and work.