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John Ruskin Prize


Many thanks to all of you who joined the large crowd that gathered for the Private View and awards evening for The John Ruskin Prize 2017 on 20 June. The exhibition of shortlisted works, Master of All Trades, is open until 8 October at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery.

Congratulations to the winners of the Prize this year (works below, L-R, 1st-Student):
1st Prize: Rosa Nguyen (£3000);
2nd Prize: Bethan Lloyd Worthington (£1000):
Student & Graduate Award: Fi Smart (£1000).

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Read more on the JRP website, run by The Big Draw.

If you have discovered a few new favourite artists and designers among the exhibited works, you might be interested in the new Ruskin Prize Editions collection, featuring new editions and original works by the artists, some of them exclusive to the collection. Take a look.


The John Ruskin Prize 2017 Shortlist Exhibition
21st June – 8th October 2017
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Preview: 6 - 8pm, Tuesday 20th June 2017
We welcome you to join us at the Private View & Prize Giving as we announce our three winners and present prizes of £3000 (1st Prize), £1000 (2nd Prize) and £1000 (Student & Recent Graduate Prize).


The Big Draw today announced the shortlist of The John Ruskin Prize 2017, which this year celebrates the ‘Artist as Polymath’ and attracted a record number of submissions from fine artists, makers and craftspeople from across the UK.

The shortlisted artists
are: Louisa Boyd, Holly Brodie, Nuala Clooney, Andrew Ekins, Erin Dickson, Paul Hazelton, Marielle Hehir, Anne Howeson, Rebecca Ilett, Shelley James, Debbie Lawson, Emily Lazerwitz, Sue Lawty, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Hugh Miller, Rosa Nguyen, Kyle Noble, Briony O Clarke, Sumi Perera, Shauna Richardson, Conor Rogers, Fi Smart, Serena Smith, Harland Viney, Simon Ward & Robert Mach, and Ray Winder.

About the shortlist
Selected from over 1000 entries, the final shortlist of 26 artists, makers and innovators responded to the call for contemporary Polymaths with work that defies categorisation, dissolves boundaries and has a joyous disregard for the conventions of their chosen materials and disciplines. The artist / scientist parallel is apparent in the shortlist but there is also evidence of traditional craft combined with social commentary, skilful material manipulation and a visual wit within the selected artworks.

The Prize
The John Ruskin Prize is now in its fourth year and invited entries from emerging and established artists and makers aged 18 or over living in the United Kingdom. The Award is £5000 with £3000 going to the winner, and £1000 going to both the Second Prize and Student and Recent Graduate Prize winners.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 20th June at a private view and prize-giving ceremony at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. The shortlist exhibition, Master of all Trades, will be on display 21st June – 8th October 2017, and will provide a contemporary counterpart to The Ruskin Collection, which is cared for by Museums Sheffield and on display at the Millennium Gallery.

The members of The John Ruskin Prize 2017 selection panel are: Kirstie Hamilton (Head of Exhibitions & Displays, Museums Sheffield), Zachary Eastwood-Bloom (Sculptor), Mandy Payne (Artist), Julia Bell (Former Head of Partnerships, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art), Dr Rachel Dickinson (Director for Education, Guild of St. George / Principal Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University), and Kate Mason (Director, The Big Draw).

Master of all Trades:
The John Ruskin Prize 2017

Wednesday 21 June 2017 - Sunday 8 October 2017

This summer sees works shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2017 make their debut at the Millennium Gallery, SHeffield. Inspired by John Ruskin, the award, established by The Big Draw in collaboration with the Guild of St George, is now in its fourth year.

The 2017 Prize invited artists, makers and craftspeople from across the UK to investigate the theme of the artist as polymath, a multi-skilled master of many disciplines.


Read about past John Ruskin Prizes here.


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