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3rd John Ruskin Prize (2015-16)
Recording Britain Now: Society

The winners of the 3rd John Ruskin Prize were announced at the New Art Gallery, Walsall, on Thursday, 25th February 2016. Read the official announcement on The Big Draw website. The John Ruskin Prize was inaugurated by the Guild and is part-funded by us. It is also supported by The Pilgrim Trust, and is run by The Big Draw.

Director Peter Miller (centre) spoke on behalf of the Guild.

Laura Oldfield Ford

Colliers Wood
(acryllic and oil on canvas)

winstanley Estate series
(acryllic and oil on board)

Jessie Brennan

A Fall of Ordinariness and Light
(graphite on paper)

Robin Sukatorn

Jeremy Corbyn speaks in Manchester
(graphite stick on paper)

The exhibition, Recording Britain Now: Society runs at the New Art Gallery, Walsall from Friday 26th February to Sunday, 17th April. It will transfer to the Electricians' Shop Gallery, Trinity Buoy Wharf, where it will run 6th-22nd May.

6th - 21sy May 2016
open daily, Noon till 6pm

John Ruskin Prize exhibition
Recording Britain Now: Society

Electricians' Shop, Trinity Buoy Wharf [venue website]

Private View and Launch:
Thursday, 5th May 6-9pm
FREE RSVP online

An exhibition of the artists' work shortlisted for the 2015 John Ruskin Prize.

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Shortlist Announced (December 2015)

Companions will remember that the Big Draw/Campaign for Drawing originated in an initiative of the Guild of St George. It is now a thriving independent charity with a global reach. In 2012, the Guild and the Campaign joined forces to hold an art competition, the John Ruskin Prize. We are delighted to inform you that the winning shortlist of 30 artists competing in the third Prize (Recording Britain Now: Society) has now been announced. You can read all about it - and view examples of the artwork - online.

Click on the image above for more information.


Organised by the Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with the Guild of St George and The Pilgrim Trust.

Deadline for entries: 23 November 2015

We are delighted to announce the return of The John Ruskin Prize open to all artists 18 and over living in the UK. In 2015, we are inviting submissions in a range of 2D media in response to the theme: ‘Recording Britain Now: Society’.

With generous support this year from The Pilgrim Trust, and a renewed partnership with The Guild of St.George has enabled us to increase the winning prize fund to £5,000. We are also thrilled to introduce two new prizes: The runner up prize of £2,000 and a student prize of £1,000. Read more The John Ruskin Prize and see the 2014 winners here.

1ST PRIZE: £5,000
2ND PRIZE: £2,000

The winners, alongside 15 shortlisted artists will be included in a high profile exhibition at The New Art Gallery, Walsall in early 2016 closely followed by a London showing at The Electrician’s Shop Gallery set within the unique surrounds of Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and events linking with the V&A’s fascinating ‘Recording Britain’ collection and all shortlisted artists will be invited to feature on a free online catalogue featuring both collections exploring visions of Britain through to the present day as seen through the eyes of established and emerging UK artists.

1 Artwork: £10.00,
2 Artworks: £15.00,
3 Artworks: £18.00

Adam Dant (Artist)
Gill Saunders (Senior Curator of Prints,V&A Museum)
Stephen Snoddy (Director, The New Art Gallery Walsall)
Sue Grayson Ford (Director, The Campaign for Drawing)
Clive Wilmer (Master, The Guild of St.George)

2015 THEME:
This year we invite emerging and established artists to respond to the theme: Recording Britain Now: Society, to re-assess their practice and focus on the prevalent social issues of 2015/16. In the same way that Recording Britain sought to map familiar townscapes and countryside under threat, this will be an invitation to engage with a society in rapid transition.

Find out more and apply here.

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