Call for Artists: The John Ruskin Prize 2015


Organised by The Big Draw in collaboration with the Guild of St George and The Pilgrim Trust.

Deadline for entries: 23 November 2015

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 and introduce two new prizes.

First Prize: £5,000
Second Prize: £2,000
Student Prize: £1,000

The John Ruskin Prize was founded by the Guild of St George in recognition of the great thinker’s values. Ruskin fervently questioned the social and political truisms of his day. An art critic and an accomplished artist in his own right, Ruskin believed that drawing helps us see the world more clearly. As digital and social media become increasingly prevalent, drawing can only grow in importance. We are taking more photos of our world than ever, but are we really looking? Now in its third year, The John Ruskin Prize aims to uphold Ruskin’s beliefs and invites artists to observe, record and comment on contemporary society through their work.

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.


Adam Dant (Artist)

Gill Saunders (Senior Curator of Prints,V&A Museum)

Stephen Snoddy (Director, The New Art Gallery Walsall)

Sue Grayson Ford (Big Draw President)

Clive Wilmer (Master, The Guild of St.George)

Find out more & apply