Recording Britain Now: Society


THE JOHN RUSKIN PRIZE 2015 | Recording Britain Now: Society

Organised by The Big Draw in collaboration with the Guild of St George and The Pilgrim Trust.

Deadline for entries: 23 November 2015

We are delighted to announce the return of The John Ruskin Prize open to all artists 18 and over living in the UK. In 2015, we are inviting submissions in a range of 2D media in response to the theme: ‘Recording Britain Now: Society’.

With generous support this year from The Pilgrim Trust, and a renewed partnership with The Guild of St.George has enabled us to increase the winning prize fund to £5,000. We are also thrilled to introduce two new prizes: The runner up prize of £2,000 and a student prize of £1,000.

The John Ruskin Prize was founded by the Guild of St George in recognition of the great thinker’s values. Ruskin fervently questioned the social and political truisms of his day. An art critic and an accomplished artist in his own right, Ruskin believed that drawing helps us see the world more clearly. As digital and social media become increasingly prevalent, drawing can only grow in importance. We are taking more photos of our world than ever, but are we really looking? Now in its third year, The John Ruskin Prize aims to uphold Ruskin’s beliefs and invites artists to observe, record and comment on contemporary society through their work. Read more The John Ruskin Prize and view the 2014 shortlist catalogue here.

“We want, in this world of ours, very often to be able to see in the dark – that’s the great gift of all; – but at any rate to see no matter by what light, so only we can see things as they are”. John Ruskin

2015 THEME:

This year we invite emerging and established artists to respond to the theme: Recording Britain Now: Society, to re-assess their practice and focus on the prevalent social issues of 2015/16. In the same way that Recording Britain sought to map familiar townscapes and countryside under threat, this will be an invitation to engage with a society in rapid transition.


1ST PRIZE: £5,000

2ND PRIZE: £2,000


The winners, alongside 15 shortlisted artists will be included in a high profile exhibition at The New Art Gallery, Walsall in early 2016 closely followed by a London showing at The Electrician’s Shop Gallery set within the unique surrounds of Trinity Buoy Wharf, London. The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of talks and events linking with the V&A’s fascinating ‘Recording Britain’ collection and all shortlisted artists will be invited to feature on a free online catalogue featuring both collections exploring visions of Britain through to the present day as seen through the eyes of established and emerging UK artists.


1 Artwork: £10.00, 2 Artworks: £15.00, 3 Artworks: £18.00

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