Dr Dickinson appointed as judge for prestigious John Ruskin Prize for Art

Rob Sukatorn – Jeremy Corbyn Speaks In Manchester

Dr Rachel Dickinson, Principal Lecturer in English Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and Director for Education of the Guild of St George, the charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871, has been appointed to the judging panel for the prestigious John Ruskin Prize for Art.

Inspired by the Victorian artist, critic and scholar John Ruskin, the John Ruskin Prize for Art was established in 2012 by The Big Draw in collaboration with the Guild of St George. The 2017 Prize invited artists, makers and crafts people from across the UK to investigate the theme of the artist as polymath, a multi-skilled master of many disciplines.

Rachel Price, Managing Director of John Ruskin Prize for Art, said that they were: “Seeking entries from creative practitioners who are harking back to a way of working that defies easy categorisation and identifies with the fact that innovation is born from leakage between approaches – be it in concept, discipline or material.”

A shortlist of 20 artists selected from the entrants will be exhibited at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield from 21st June – 8th October 2017. The shortlisted exhibition will provide a contemporary counterpart to The Ruskin Collection, which is cared for by Museums Sheffield and on display at the Millennium Gallery.

Last year, a Manchester Metropolitan student, Robin Sukatorn, won the student category for his ‘reportage’ drawings, most of which were of Manchester where he lived. It included Jeremy Corbyn speaks in Manchester and his fluid rapid observations were strongly politically informed.

On winning the student prize Robin commented: “The prize has also spurred me to deepen my research into drawing as a creative practice, as well as expanding my understanding of the work and ideas of John Ruskin. Whilst in Sheffield I visited the Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery, and I am currently reading a selection of his writings as well looking into the work of other practitioners and theorists of drawing and socially-focused art”.

Winners of the John Ruskin Prize for Art will be announced on May 16th.