1.eligibilty

1a. The John Ruskin Prize 2019 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 Holden Gallery, Manchester 11 July - 24 August 2019 (Please allow 2 weeks prior to exhibition for delivery and installation).

1c. Work in a range of new and traditional media are accepted, inclusive of but not limited to: Drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, prints, installation, new media, 2D and 3D Design: Inclusive of plans, drawings (including architectural), prototypes and design objects. *Photography is not eligible (please visit our FAQs for the prize founder’s reasons for this).

*However, photographic, film and animation works that inform or record part of a larger process or work (installation / performance) are eligible.

Entrants should consider The John Ruskin Prize 2019 theme when entering their work. 

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

1e. Both individual artists / designers and collectives are eligible to apply.


2. entry & fees

2a. Submission for The John Ruskin Prize 2019  is made via the completion of the online entry form. Up to 3 digital images of each artwork can be 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:  Sunday 12 May 2019 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 

(Submission fees have been frozen for the 3rd year)

2d. In exceptional circumstances entries by post can be facilitated. Please contact Ruskin@thebigdraw.org to enquire about making a postal entry.

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 25 artists for the Prize and select work by them for inclusion in the shortlist exhibition 'Agent of Change’ to take place at The Holden Galley, 11 July - 24 August 2019.

A floor plan for The Holden Gallery can be found here.

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 3 June 2019 and subsequently announced by press release and published on ruskinprize.co.uk.

 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 queries regarding the eligibility of your work for entry.

Many thanks for your interest in submitting for The John Ruskin Prize 2019.



4. copyright, privacy policy & 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 Shortlist Exhibition hosts solely for exhibition contracts and promotional purposes during the course of the shortlist exhibition.

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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 Prize Organisers will supply artwork collection points in Manchester and London for selected works.