Chris Shaw-Hughes, 'All Things Being Equal, (Eltham 1999)'Roanna Wells, 'Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace 2012'


Anny Evason, Alex Hamilton, Ben Lingard, Colin Maxwell, Catherine Sutcliffe-Fuller, Chris Shaw Hughes, Dr Dolores de Sade, Darren Reid, Evy Jokhova, Gillian Swan, Hannah Brown, Ian Chamberlain, Jennifer Morgan, Michael Cox, Maggie Hargreaves, Mandy Payne, Philip Sanderson, Ros Ford, Rebecca Upton, Roanna Wells, Sonia Stanyard, Sarah Taylor- Silverwood, Sean Williams.

The Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with the Guild of St.George is excited to announce our final shortlist of artists for the second John Ruskin Prize: Recording Britain Now. Still a relatively new award in its second year, we invited entries from all over the UK offering ’Fresh, contemporary visions of the UK's urban, rural or social environment“.

From a wide selection of entries from just under 600 professional and amateur artists, after much deliberation, our selection panel came to a final shortlist of 23 artists. Impressed by the breadth of interpretation of this year's theme and the imagination, wit and technical skill of the works we received deciding on the final selection was no easy task.
The final selection will appear at Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, 28th June – 12th October 2014, partnering the major V&A exhibition, Recording Britain. The winner will be announced at the private view on Friday 27th June and will take home the £1,000 prize.

The shortlist combines an interesting mix of traditional techniques and contemporary visions of Britain. This includes Philip Sanderson's epic scale tapestry depicting Britain's sometimes eerie open spaces heavily contrasted with Mandy Payne's claustrophobic concrete slabs spray painted with scenes of Park Hill estate. Urban growth is heavily referenced by the artists, one offering by Rebecca Upton a triptych of urban growth in a Manchester over 50 years made using a typewriter, whilst a witty offering from Sean Williams in 'It Haunts it' paints the familiar scene of a development with a vision of the future plastered all over a hoarding that mocks and conceals the past behind it.


Left: Chris Shaw-Hughes, 'All Things Being Equal, (Eltham 1999)', carbon drawing on paper, 2009.
Right: Roanna Wells, 'Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace 2012', hand embroidery on wool, 2014.

The John Ruskin Prize 2014 Selection Panel:
Gill Saunders - Senior Curator of Prints, V&A
Laura Oldfield Ford - Artist
Sue Grayson Ford - Director, Campaign for Drawing
Kirstie Hamilton - Museums Sheffield
Clive Wilmer - Master, Guild of St George.

The Guild of St George, a charity founded by Ruskin in 1871, launched the Campaign for Drawing (now an independent charity) in 2000 to celebrate Ruskin’s belief that drawing helps us see the world more clearly. The John Ruskin Prize 2014 invited new visions of our urban, rural and social environments.