1a. The John Ruskin Prize 2017 is open to artists, designers and makers, both amateur and professional, of all nationalities, aged 18 and over, resident, studying or currently making work or with work represented in the UK.

1b. All work submitted must be available for inclusion in the shortlist exhibition at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21 June – 8 October 2017. (Please allow 2 weeks prior to exhibition for delivery and installation).

1c. All artwork in 2D and 3D, in both new and traditional media is accepted, inclusive of but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, 3D design, ceramics, textiles, and prints. Photography is not eligible. However, photographic works that have been manipulated or inform part of a larger process or work (collage / installation) are eligible.

Entrants should consider The John Ruskin Prize 2017 theme when entering their work. 

1d. The longest dimension of 2D & 3D wall mounted works submitted should not exceed 2.5 metres and 1.6 metres for free standing works. There is some flexibility within this so please use the contact below to confirm work eligibility if you are unsure.

1e. Installation pieces comprising multiple smaller works and triptychs will be considered as 1 artwork when completing the submission form.

2. entry & fees

2a. Submission for The John Ruskin Prize 2017  is made via the completion of the online entry form with up to 3 digital images of each artwork submitted. Completed forms must be accompanied by entry fee payment made online within the form. An e-mail notifying entrants of receipt of entry will be sent when your form has been successfully submitted.  

2b. All entries must be submitted by the deadline:  Monday 24 April 2017 by 5pm.

2c.  Entry Fees: 

Standard entry: 1 artwork: £12, 2 artworks: £15, 3 artworks: £20

*Student entry: 1 artwork: £10, 2 artworks: £12, 3 artworks: £15 

2d. Entries by post will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form, a CD containing up to 3 images of each artwork submitted and a cheque payable to: ‘The Campaign for Drawing’ and sent to:  The John Ruskin Prize 2017, c/o The Big Draw  HQ, The Electrician’s Shop, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, E14 0JY.

2e. Once an entry has been submitted, no refunds of entry fees, part or whole, will be offered.

*Entrants submitting in the student category will be required to provide a valid student ID / ISIC number on entry.

3. shortlisting & prizes

3a. The selection panel will shortlist 20 artists for the Prize and select work by them for inclusion in the shortlist exhibition 'Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in the Age of Jack' to take place at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21 June – 8 October 2017.

3b. Three winners will be selected by the panel from the shortlist and announced at the private view of the shortlist exhibition and awarded their prize by cheque.

The Prizes: 1st Prize: £3000, 2nd Prize £1000, Student Prize: £1000

3c. The selection panels’ shortlist decision will be announced by e-mail to all entrants on Monday 8 May 2017 and subsequently announced by press release and published on ruskinprize.co.uk and thebigdraw.org.

 3d. The selection panels’ decisions are final and binding; no correspondence can be entered into.

3e. Only students are eligible for the student prize but students are also eligible for  the 1st and 2nd prizes. 

Please contact ruskin@thebigdraw.org if you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your work for entry. 

4. copyright & data protection

4a. Standard copyright practice is adhered to.

4b. The Big Draw (Prize administrators) will retain entrants’ personal data for use solely in conjunction with The John Ruskin Prize and will not be made available to any other organisations. If work is shortlisted, artists' details will be shared with The Millenium Gallery, Sheffield solely for promotional purposes during the course of the shortlist exhibition.

5. shortlist exhibition

5a. Shortlisted artists will be responsible for framing and inclusion of hanging fixings / installation instructions (where applicable) and securely packing their selected works for transporation to the exhibition venue. 

5b. The Big Draw will contribute a fixed amount towards the cost of transporting selected artworks to the exhibition venue, based on the artists' location.