Master of all Trades: the John Ruskin Prize 2017 Exhibition
Millenium Gallery
Wed 21 Jun to
Sun 08 Oct
Exhibition of shortlisted artworks for the John Ruskin Prize 2017 21st June to 8th October 2017 at The Millenium Gallery Sheffield

This year’s John Ruskin Prize theme: Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jack refers to the Artist as Polymath. Open to a range of interpretations and approaches, the theme is intended to lend itself to responses from artists and makers whose work celebrates the opportunity to marry diverse materials and disciplines. 

Alongside Ruskin’s own career as a polymath, the theme has been jointly inspired by The Year of Making in Sheffield, which took place throughout 2016, and The Big Draw’s year of STEAM Power, which celebrates the interconnections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths

Selected from over 1000 entries, the final shortlist of 26 artists, makers and innovators responded to the call for contemporary Polymaths with work that defies categorisation, dissolves boundaries and has a joyous disregard for the conventions of their chosen materials and disciplines. The artist / scientist parallel is apparent in the shortlist but there is also evidence of traditional craft combined with social commentary, skilful material manipulation and a visual wit within the selected artworks.


Shortlisted Artists:

Louisa Boyd
Holly Brodie
Nuala Clooney
Andrew Ekins
Erin Dickson
Paul Hazelton
Marielle Hehir
Anne Howeson
Rebecca Ilett
Shelley James
Debbie Lawson
Emily Lazerwitz
Sue Lawty
Bethan Lloyd Worthington
Hugh Miller
Rosa Nguyen
Kyle Noble
Briony O Clarke
Sumi Perera
Shauna Richardson
Conor Rogers
Fi Smart
Serena Smith
Harland Viney
Simon Ward & Robert Mach
 
Ray Winder.


Selected from over 1000 entries, the final shortlist of 26 artists, makers and innovators responded to the call for contemporary Polymaths with work that defies categorisation, dissolves boundaries and has a joyous disregard for the conventions of their chosen materials and disciplines. 

The artist / scientist parallel is apparent in the shortlist but there is also evidence of traditional craft combined with social commentary, skillful material manipulation and a visual wit within the selected artworks.



Suitable for ages: All

Organised by The Big Draw




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