SPACER is thrilled to have been shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2019, with 3 of Sarah’s recent works nominated for this year’s theme, Agent of Change.

AGENT OF CHANGE – The John Ruskin Prize 2019 Shortlist Exhibition

12th July – 24 August 2019 | The Holden Gallery, Manchester

Photo Call and Press Preview: 5pm, Thursday 11th July 2019
Preview & Prize Winners Announcements: 6 – 8.30pm, Thursday 11th July 2019

Selected from a record number of entries, prize organisers visual literacy charity The Big Draw joined with the prize’s founder and core supporter, Ruskin’s own charity The Guild of St George, announce the shortlist for The John Ruskin Prize 2019.

Responding to this year’s prize theme: Agent of Change, 41 artists and designers, working across a broad range of disciplines, have been selected from over 1260 entries for The John Ruskin Prize 2019. The 2019 selection panel considered over 3000 artworks by artists at all stages of their careers.

From the shortlist, 3 winners will be announced and awarded their share of the £5000 Prize fund at the Private View and Prize Giving to be held at The Holden Gallery, Manchester on 11 July 2019.

The John Ruskin Prize 2019 Shortlisted artists are:

Balal Aquil, Omid Asadi, Lucy Burscough, Tracey Bush, Duncan Cameron, Faye Claridge, Judy Clarkson, Wayne Clough, Connor Coulston, Sarah Craske, Smout Allen Design Research, Sarah Duncan, Lisa Earley, Kate Genever, Nigel Goldsmith, Evagelia Hagikalfa, Martin Hearne, Michelle Heron, Harriet Mena Hill, Marguerite Horner, Benedict Hughes, Juliette Losq, Pinkie Maclure, Farwa Moledina, Julie Moss, Fronc Ng, Kazuki Nishinaga, Shanti Panchal, Lucy Pass, Lee John Phillips, Hilary Powell, Mike S Redmond & Faye Coral Johnson, Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton, Conor Rogers, Katrin Spranger, Emilia Symis, Kathy Taylor, Danny Treacy, Chao Wang, Pip Woolf and Colin Yates.

The 2019 shortlist was selected by:

Hew Locke, Artist; Barbara Walker MBE, Artist; Jessie Brennan, Artist; Dr Rachel Dickinson, Director of Education, Guild of St George and Principal Lecturer Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University; Dr Jonathan Foyle, Architectural Historian, Broadcaster & Artist, Professor Tim Brennan, Artist & Head of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and Kate Mason, Director, The Big Draw

The shortlist exhibition ‘Agent of Change’ is curated by: Rachel Price and Zoe Watson

Press Release

The Prize’s Managing-Director, Rachel Price comments:

“ With the values of the radical Victorian polymath and social reformer John Ruskin at its core, and with his legacy in the spotlight in the bicentenary year of his birth, we are proud that the often challenging themes explored through The John Ruskin Prize resonate so strongly with contemporary artists and designers across the nation.

The overwhelming response to this year’s theme ‘Agent of Change’ highlights the active role of artists as perception shifters and catalysts of positive change in our society. The selected artists’ concerns are as diverse as their material approaches with works that are teeming with passion, dedication and wit. As Ruskin did some 150 years ago, the selected artists shed new light and innovative perspectives on societal, political and environmental issues – the collective voice from the 2019 shortlist is a refreshing antidote to apathy –
with a stark and sometimes satirical reminder that sitting on the fence never changed a thing”.

As John Ruskin once said:

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”

For this year’s shortlist the theme: ‘Agent of Change’ is explored through painstaking projects, in-depth research, tongue in cheek criticisms, and unapologetic protest. The shortlist have created a collective sense of urgency as capitalism, consumer culture, toxic debt, climate change, class and cultural divides; issues both global and closer to home are top of the agenda.

The Prize

The John Ruskin Prize is now in its 5th year and in a nationwide call invited entries from established and emerging artists and designers aged 18 or over, living, working or studying in the United Kingdom. The Award is £5000 with £3000 going to the Winner, and £1000 going to both the Second Prize winner and Student Prize Winners.

Winners will be announced on Thursday 11th July at a private view and prize giving ceremony at The Holden Gallery, Manchester. The shortlist exhibition, Agent of Change, will be on display from 12th July – 24th August 2019. The exhibition will be free and open to all.

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