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Top: Michael Johnson 'Heir Tour: Presenting Baby' (2014). John Ruskin Prize 2015 finalist.
Left: Sally Cutler 'Richmond North Yorkshire Heads' John Ruskin Prize 2015 finalist.
Named after John Ruskin (1819-1900) the prominent Victorian artist, writer, philosopher and founder of the Guild of St George, The John Ruskin Prize aims to uphold Ruskin’s belief that drawing helps us to see the world more clearly and makes us aware of its beauty and fragility.
"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
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?
“To anyone who is just about to take a smart phone snap of their dinner or a selfie with their puppy I say stop , pick up a pencil and paper and instead , draw this subject which you find so interesting . By doing so you will enter a new realm of thought, memory and reflection , you will inhabit your surroundings on a more profound level and better still, your engagements with the past , the present and the future will be as an objective observer rather than as a passive subject of the monotonous whims and cruel indifference of quotidian habit. You can effect this transformation at any time and in any place. Please be aware though, your dinner may be cold when you finally come to eat it ". - Adam Dant, artist & 3rd John Ruskin Prize Selection Panelist.