Support The John Ruskin Prize


The John Ruskin Prize is a non profit project and prize initiated by the Guild of St George and The Big Draw in 2012 to support the work and raise the profile of exceptional art & design talent in the UK. The prize requires no CVs for entry and is open to amateur and professional artists - we are a truly inclusive prize committed to finding the most innovotive creative practitioners.

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The Prize continues to develop in reputation and influence with an impressive reach (see below). However, we still have goals to meet that require further support.  These include: Paying all shortlisted artists a hanging fee to exhibit at the shortlist exhibition, covering all transport costs on behalf of artists, producing a catalogue and employing artists to run workshops and events as part of The John Ruskin Prize Programme. In return we offer increase exposure for your brand to a highly engaged audience, free tickets to workshops and events and private view invitations.

The Big Draw Registered Charity no. 1114811

Guild of St George Charity no. 231758


Still a relatively new award,  The John Ruskin Prize has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting and challanging multi-disciplinary art prizes in the UK. Inaugurated in 2012, The Guild of St. George renewed its links with The Big Draw (formerly The Campaign for Drawing) to inaugurate The John Ruskin Prize - open to all artists over 18 working in the UK. The Prize allows us promote and give exposure to the work of emerging artists using a wide range of media and techniques. The Prize’s emphasis on observation reflects John Ruskin’s belief that drawing helps us to see the world more clearly, and therefore take greater heed of its fragility.  READ MORE + ARCHIVE


59,450 +      Visitors to John Ruskin Prize Shortlist exhibitions and accompanying events to date at exhibitions held at Brantwood (2012), The Millennium Gallery Sheffield (2014) and The New Art Gallery Walsall (2016) and The Electrician’s Shop Gallery, London (2014 – 2016)
52,800 +   Combined reach across The Big Draw social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – Nov 2016)
1,694  Artist applicants to date
66 Prize finalists have had selected artworks displayed at major UK museums
16   of the our prize finalists have received paid commissions to deliver workshops and events during accompanying Ruskin Prize programmes and events
£10,000   Awarded to 5 artists to date
34 Original artworks sold on behalf of prize finalists including 2014 winner Maggie Hargreaves’ prizewinning piece Slowly Creeping (2014) which sold to Millennium Dome architect Mike Davies.

Prize catalogues were printed and distributed in 2016 and sold online and at exhibiting venues

29,500 +  

Reach of The Big Draw’s mailing list subscribers

45% – 78%

Open rate of Ruskin Prize mailing list subscibers (currently our fastest growing mailing list) – Arts industry average open rate: 23.3%


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