The John Ruskin Prize 2019

The John Ruskin Prize was inaugurated in 2012 by The Guild of St. George and The Big Draw (formerly the Campaign for Drawing) and is the fastest growing multi-disciplinary art prize in the UK.
This is the first time I have entered the competition and have really enjoyed the challenge of being set a theme to work on. 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. Open to a broad range of interpretations, the prize organisers are inviting entries from a range of creative practitioners in response to the theme: ‘Agent of Change’.

An exhibition will be held exploring the theme Agent of Change at The Holden Gallery at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University featuring 25 shortlisted artists and designers selected from the entries. The preview and prizegiving announcing the 3 winners will take place at The Holden Gallery on 11 July. The exhibition continues until 24 August 2019.

This year’s prize coincides with the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth. Joining organisations, academic institutions, and charities the world over, to explore the impact and increasing relevance of Ruskin’s legacy as part of Ruskin200.

You can read more about The John Ruskin Prize 2019 at

Watch this space for details on my 3 submissions and the rationale behind the works.