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The Campaign for Drawing, in collaboration with the Guild of St George, is launching the second year of a new art award, The John Ruskin Prize. 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.

Drawings, paintings, watercolours, prints, textiles, digital art and mixed media are welcome. Photographs, sculpture, sound installations and film are not eligible.

This is a unique opportunity to join the ranks of earlier well-known commentators on the state of the nation!

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 artists in the Millennium Gallery Sheffield, 28 June – 12 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 like Richard Long, David Nash, and Laura Oldfield Ford.

I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw. John Ruskin


Entry fee: first image £10; second add £5, third add £3

To pay either:

  • Send a cheque for the relevant amount, made out to Campaign for Drawing, to John Ruskin Prize, Campaign for Drawing, 7 Gentleman's Row, EN2 6PT
  • Pay online via Big Draw Shop

To enter:

Send photographs/digital images of your artwork either by:

  • Posting a CD, USB stick or photographic prints to John Ruskin Prize, Campaign for Drawing, 7 Gentleman's Row, EN2 6PT. Include your name and title of your artworks.
  • Attaching your images via our online entry form
  • Emailing Make sure to attach a completed entry form. If you have paid online, please also attach confirmation of payment.

please note that your submission is not complete until payment has been received

Please find terms & conditions, and an online entry form, or download a PDF entry form.

Enquiries to
Tel: 0208 351 1719

Important dates

Submission deadline: 7 April 2014
Shortlist announced: 30 April 2014

Winner announced: 27 June 2014
Recording Britain NOW exhibition: 28 June – 12 October 2014

Selection panel

Laura Oldfield Ford - Artist, Sue Grayson Ford - Director, Campaign for Drawing, Kirstie Hamilton - Museums Sheffield, Gill Saunders - Senior Curator of Prints V&A;,

Clive Wilmer - Master, Guild of St George.

Find out about the winner of the first John Ruskin prize.

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 invites new visions of our urban, rural and social environments.

The Guild of St. George