John Ruskin art Prize

Have You Entered The John Ruskin Art Prize?

John Ruskin Art Prize – Second Year Of The New Art Award:

John Ruskin Art Prize Competition Deadline


The John Ruskin Art Prize, a new Art Award, is open to amateur and professional artists.  You must be 18 and over and living and working in the UK to enter.  This collaboration between The Campaign for Drawing, the people that bring us The Big Draw, and the Guild of St George is now in its second year.  This Art Competition offers cash prizes as well as an opportunity to exhibit.

The Guild of St George is a charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871.  It launched the Campaign for Drawing (now an independent charity) in 2000 to celebrate John Ruskin’s view that drawing helps us to see the world more clearly and to raise the profile of drawing as a tool for creative and social engagement.

The first John Ruskin Art Prize winner was Carol Wyss.  The brief was to take a fresh look at nature and the judges were impressed by Carol’s large etchings showing the cycle of growth and decay highlighting concern for the future of our natural environment.


Carol Wyss, Winner Of The 2013 John Ruskin Art Prize
Carol Wyss, Greater Knapweed, 80x116cm Etching

What Is The Brief For The 2014 John Ruskin Art Prize?

This years’ John Ruskin Art Prize seeks new and fresh visions of our urban, rural and social environments.

The competition asks artists to document contemporary visions of their urban, rural or social environment.  Drawing, painting, watercolour, print, textiles, mixed media and digital art are all welcome media.  Photographs, sculpture, sound installations and film will not be accepted.

John Ruskin once said, “Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.”

Recording Britain NOW gives you the chance to comment on the state of the nation as you see it.  Join in with well known visual commentators such as wartime recorders John Piper and Michael Rothenstein and artists Richard Long, David Nash and Laura Oldfield Ford, who is on this years’ selection panel.  Laura was appointed as a Stanley Picker Fellow in 2013 and developed projects relating to the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University.


Laura Oldfield Ford Artwork For The John Ruskin Art Prize
Laura Oldfield Ford, Chalk, Acrylic & Ink On Watercolour

What Are The John Ruskin Art Prizes?

There is a first prize of £1000 and the winner alongside 15 runners up, will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.  The Art Exhibition will take place on the 28th June – 12th October 2014 alongside the major touring V&A Exhibition Recording Britain.

When Is The Closing Date For The John Ruskin Art Prize?

Closing Date for entering this Art Competition is Monday 7th April 2014.


This is definitely an interesting and topical Art Competition to enter.  Good Luck and do let us know if you get shortlisted and most definitely if you win!


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