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Call for Entries: The John Ruskin Prize 2019


The John Ruskin Prize 2019: AGENT OF CHANGE

1st Prize: £3000 | 2nd Prize: £1000 | Student Prize: £1000 

Submission Deadline: 12 May 2019 @ 17:00

The John Ruskin Prize 2019 is now open for entries and invites artists, designers and makers at all stages of their careers, currently resident, working or studying in the UK to submit work in response to the theme: Agent of Change. As a multidisciplinary prize, creative practitioners working across and within a range of disciplines including: Fine art, design, architecture and craft are invited to enter.

As well as a total prize fund of £5K, 25 prize finalists will have their selected works included in a high-profile exhibition at The Holden Gallery, Manchester in Summer 2019 and have the option to sell their work in the ‘Ruskin Editions’ collection.

The John Ruskin Prize 2019 selection panel includes: Barbara Walker MBE (Artist), Hew Locke(Artist), Jessie Brennan (Artist) and Dr Jonathan Foyle (Architectural Historian, Broadcaster & Artist). See the full panel here.

To enter please read the eligibility criteria and use the online form to submit up to 3 works, deadline for entries is 12 May 2019 at 5pm. All details for this year’s prize can be found at:


A challenge, an observation, a protest, a suggestion, a material innovation, a small shift in perception can affect seismic change.

Now in its 5th year, The John Ruskin Prize 2019 aims to uphold Ruskin’s beliefs whilst challenging the nation’s creatives to consider their role as catalysts of change, critics, social and political commentators and material innovators.


Organised by visual literacy charity The Big Draw (charity no. 1114811)

Inaugurated in 2012 by Ruskin’s charity:The Guild of St. Georgeand visual literacy charityThe Big Draw, The John Ruskin Prize is the fastest growing multi-disciplinary art prize in the UK.  With the values of the radical polymath John Ruskin at its core, the #RuskinPrize has a growing reputation for supporting and promoting artists, designers and makers whose work defies easy categorisation.


Monday 8 April, 2019
Sunday 12 May, 2019
The Holden Gallery
Venue Address
Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Building, Cavendish St, Manchester M15 6BR, UK

North West, , UK Wide

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