Schools Competition

Our partners Fine Art Sails and the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation invite you to enter your students into a unique competition to design a 10m tall main sail for a 'Star Class' boat to be raced by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and many more Olympic sailors!

The first prize also includes a day sailing with Olympic sailors, STAEDTLER art materials worth £250 for your school, and a special invitation to the London Boat Show in January 2014.

The theme is 'Legends of the Sea', so unleash imaginations and art materials and get your students thinking about sea gods, mythical marine creatures, Atlantis or any windy and watery shanties that take their fancy.

The jury will select one first prize winner in three age categories: 7-10, 11-14 and 15-17.
Schools must choose and submit only one entry per age category.
Closing date for entries: 2pm Friday 29 November 2013.

Find full details, the entry form, rules and eligibility and download the sail template.


The John Ruskin Prize for artists

Sponsored by the Guild of St George, the second John Ruskin Prize is open to all amateur and professional artists - 18 years and over, living and working in the UK. Recording Britain Now invites artists to present fresh, contemporary visions of their urban, rural or social environment.

We are looking for fresh responses to Britain's current urban, rural or social environment. Drawings, paintings, watercolours, prints, textiles, digital art and mixed media are welcome. Photographs, sculpture, film and video are not eligible.

First Prize: £1000 and an opportunity to exhibit in the Millennium Gallery Sheffield during the major exhibition originated by the V&A, Recording Britain.

Runners-up (15): Inclusion in Recording Britain NOW, the exhibition of short-listed John Ruskin Prize entries in the Millennium Gallery Sheffield, 28 June – 10 October 2014, partnering the major V&A exhibition, Recording Britain.

This is a unique opportunity to join celebrated visual commentators on the state of the nation, and of nature under threat, from the original wartime recorders such as John Piper and Michael Rothenstein to more recent observers including Richard Long, David Nash, and Laura Oldfield Ford.


Entry fee: first image £10; second add £5, third add £3
Applicants may submit up to 3 photographs of artworks to

Alternatively you may post hard copy photographs with a completed entry form and cheque to cover the number of works submitted to:

John Ruskin Prize, Campaign for Drawing, 7 Gentleman’s Row, EN2 6PT

Deadline: 9 April 2014

Find full details an online entry form, or download and print a PDF entry form.