Sunday, March 16, 2014

The John Ruskin Prize 2014 - call for entries

Apologies for having missed the Call for Entries for The John Ruskin Prize 2014 - but you've still got time to enter. The closing date is 7th April 2014.
I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.
John Ruskin
Carol Wyss was the first winner of The Ruskin Prize in 2012.

Winner of the John Ruskin Prize 2012 - a new look at Nature
Carol Wyss, Butterfly Bush (flowers made up of human bones), etching, 116cm x 80cm
Carol Wyss, Greater Knapweed (flowers made up of human bones), etching, 116cm x 80cm 

Theme of the Competition in 2014

The theme is Recording Britain Now. Artists are invited to
present fresh, contemporary visions of their urban, rural or social environment.

Who can enter

The John Ruskin Prize is open to anyone over 18, resident or domiciled in the UK.

What's the Prize?

The first prize comprises:
  • a cash prize of £1000
  • an opportunity to exhibit in Recording Britain NOW, the exhibition of short-listed John Ruskin Prize artists in the Millennium Gallery Sheffield, at the Millennium Gallery Sheffield (28 June – 12 October 2014) alongside the V&A's major touring exhibition  Recording Britain 
Recording Britain Now will see artists present fresh, contemporary visions of their urban, rural or social environment. The exhibition of finalists’ works goes on show alongside the major V&A touring exhibition Recording Britain, which chronicles the changing face of the nation during the Second World War.
Fifteen Runners-up will also have their work exhibited in the Recording Britain Now exhibition

How to enter the competition

  • Number of artworks: You may submit up to 3 digital images of artworks.
  • Eligible artwork
    • Drawings, paintings, watercolours, prints, textiles, digital art and mixed media ONLY
    • Photographs, sculpture, sound installations and film are NOT eligible.
    • All work submitted must be available for inclusion in the Millennium Gallery Sheffield exhibition, Recording Britain Now, 28 June-10 October 2014.
    • All work must be for sale.
  • Type and dimensions of artwork: Artworks must be capable of being wall-mounted and not exceed 2.5 metres in any direction.
  • Images for Entry: Images of the artwork (one for each artwork) should be sent as jpg files (maximum size: 2MB). The jury will view them projected at a resolution of 1024 x 768px. 
  • Deadline for entries: Entries must be received: 
    • at: The John Ruskin Prize, Campaign for Drawing, 7 Gentleman's Row, Enfield, EN2 6PT
    • by: the deadline of 5pm on 7 April 2014

How to submit entries 

Entry Fees & Forms

How to submit

Send photographs/digital images of your artwork either by:
  • EITHER pay online via Big Draw Shop and email your submission to - having attached images to the online entry form plus confirmation of payment.
  • OR Post a CD, USB stick or photographic prints + completed entry form + cheque for entry fees to John Ruskin Prize, Campaign for Drawing, 7 Gentleman's Row, EN2 6PT. Include your name and title of your artworks.
All enquiries to | Tel: 0208 351 1719

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: 7 April 2014
  • Shortlist announced: 30 April 2014
  • Winner announced: 27 June 2014
  • Recording Britain NOW exhibition: 28 June – 12 October 2014

Who are the judges?

The Selection Panel comprises:
  • Sue Grayson Ford, Director, Campaign for Drawing
  • Laura Oldfield Ford - Artist,
  • Kirstie Hamilton - Museums Sheffield, 
  • Gill Saunders - Senior Curator of Prints V&A,
  • Clive Wilmer, Master, The Guild of St George
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email.

The names of the 15 short-listed artists will be announced on the Campaign for Drawing website no later than 1 May 2014.

Transport to/from Exhibition Venue & Sales

Short-listed artists will be responsible for framing, packing and transporting work to Millennium Gallery Sheffield between 9 -16 June and collecting unsold work by 28 October 2014.

The gallery will take 30% commission on any sales. 

For information - selected artists 2012

The artists shortlisted in 2012 were as follows

For information: John Ruskin

You can find out more about John Ruskin in my blog post New website: John Ruskin and The Elements of Drawing


Tina Mammoser said...

Thanks for that Katherine! Another competition I didn't know about. :) Do you know if there's a trend towards more traditional realism with this one? Or if it's wider in style? Not just for myself, I have a few drawing friends I might point towards it.

Making A Mark said...

I couldn't say. I'd suggest you take a look at the selected artists from 2012 - see end of the post. Links are to their websites

Unknown said...

I really like the theme of the competition. Can't wait to see what other artists are thinking and dreaming about!

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