CALL FOR ENTRIES: The John Ruskin Prize 2017

Opportunity Closing Date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 17:00


The Big Draw with the Guild of St. George is pleased to announce the call for artists and makers open for The John Ruskin Prize 2017.

Prizes: 1st Prize (£3000) | 2nd Prize (£1000) | Student Prize (£1000)

Application Deadline:  Monday 24th April 2017 @ 5pm

Shortlist Exhibition: The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017

The selection panel will select 20 prize finalists to be included in a high profile shortlist exhibition at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June – 8th October 2017. The three winners will be announced at the private view in June 2017. All prize finalists will also have the opportunity to be included in the online Ruskin Editions collection.

Selection Panel: Kirstie Hamilton (Head of Exhibitions & Displays Museums Sheffield), Zachary Eastwood-Bloom (Sculptor & Designer), Mandy Payne (Artist), Julia Bell (Head of Partnerships, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts), Clive Wilmer (Master, Guild of St George), Kate Mason (Director, The Big Draw)

2017 THEME

This year’s theme: Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack refers to the Artist as Polymath. Open to a range of interpretations and approaches, the theme is intended to lend itself to responses from artists and makers whose work celebrates the opportunity to marry diverse materials and disciplines. 

In celebration of ‘Artist as Polymath’, 2017 marks the first year that The Prize will be open to makers and craftspeople, as well as fine artists. Alongside Ruskin’s own career as a polymath, the theme has been jointly inspired by The Year of Making in Sheffield, which took place throughout 2016, and The Big Draw’s year of STEAM Power, which celebrates the interconnections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.


Please read the eligibility criteria and submit up to 3 entries via the online form. Up to 3 images and a supporting statement can be added for each work.  Entry fees are listed below with subsidised fees for students. 


Entry Fees:

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

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



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