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 is an educational charity for arts, crafts and the rural economy, founded by John Ruskin in 1871. Today, with more than 270 Companions, it continues to promote Ruskin’s values in the modern world. As well as its Ruskin Collection, cared for by Museums Sheffield, the Guild owns land in the Wyre Forest and elsewhere, and funds public engagement projects throughout the UK, together with conferences, publications, lectures and symposiums, all designed to encourage the use of Ruskin’s ideas to make the world a better place to live in.

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 founded The John Ruskin Prize with The Big Draw. 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.