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The Big Draw with the Guild of St. George is pleased to announce the call for artists and makers open forThe 4thJohn Ruskin Prize


Application Deadline:Monday 24th April 2017

Prizes:1st Prize (3000) | 2nd Prize (1000) | Student Prize (1000)

Shortlist Exhibition:The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June 8th October 2017

Selection Panel: Kirstie Hamilton (Head of Exhibitions & Displays Museums Sheffield), Zachary Eastwood-Bloom (Sculptor & Designer), Mandy Payne (Artist), Julia Bell (Head of Partnerships, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts), Clive Wilmer (Master, Guild of St George), Kate Mason (Director, The Big Draw)

2017 THEME

This years theme:Hand & Eye: Master of All Trades in The Age of Jackrefers to theArtist 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.


In celebration of Artist as Polymath, 2017 marks the first year that The Prize will be open to makers and craftspeople, as well as fine artists. Alongside Ruskins 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 Draws year of STEAM Power, which celebrates the interconnections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths


The selection panel will select20 prize finaliststo be included in a high profile shortlist exhibition at The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 21st June 8th October 2017. The three winners will be announced at the private view in June 2017. All prize finalists will also have the opportunity to be included in the online Ruskin Editions collection.

CALL OUT FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS - Young Artists Feedback Forum



TheYoung Artists Feedback Forumis a space for young artists to show their work in-progress to an audience in a supportive environment and receive constructive feedback.

The event is curated by Siobhan Davies DancesYAAG (Young Artists Advisory Group), and the evening will be facilitated by artist Amy Bell, who will guide young artists and audiences through the process of sharing ideas and feedback usingLiz Lermans Critical Response Process.

If you would like to show your work in-progress alongside other young artists,download the application form hereand send it to

Siobhan Davies Dance produces interdisciplinary and collaborative works that explore choreography across various disciplines. Interdisciplinary and experimental works are very welcome in the Feedback Forum.

We are looking for works in progress made by 14-25 year olds, with a maximum length of 10 minutes.

Deadline to apply:Wednesday 25 January 2017
All applicants will be notified byMonday 6 February.
Event date: Sunday 5 March 2017

For more information, email

Unique Christmas gifts - book a loved on onto a LSW Short Course



Looking for the perfect gift for a partner, loved one, sibling or parent? We have an incredible range of weekend, evening and sessional courses, taught by talented tutors who are also practising artists.


An Introduction to Ceramics Handbuilding & Surface Decoration (January - Weekend Intensive)
An Introduction to Ceramics Handbuilding and Surface Decoration (January - Evening course)
Expanding Ceramic Skills - Handbuilding and Surface Decoration(February)


Welding for Artists
Stainless Steel Welding for Artists & Designers
Casting in Concrete & Plaster


Wood Furniture DesignWorkshop
Introductory Welding for Artists (Evening)
Modelling Sculpture in Wax
Drawing with Steel (Evening)
Mould Making: Plaster
Mould Making: Silicone
Pewter Casting
Metal Fabrication for Artists & Designers


Sand Casting with Aluminium
Introductory Welding for Artists
Welding for Artists

*Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


**Membership's and giftvouchersare available to purchase as presents for a loved one**

We offer LSW members exceptionalfacilities, tools and workshop space for incrediblehourly rates.

Please contact for further information.

Call for Commissions: LightNight Liverpool 2017


LightNight, Liverpool's latenight arts festival, returns on Friday 19 May 2017.

The next instalment of one of Liverpool's biggest and best loved cultural events will be themed around the phenomenon of Time.

Don't miss the chance to be part of this special night and showcase your offer to thousands of visitors of all ages! Last year the festival received more than 72,000 visits in a single night, with more than 100 special events staged across 50 city centre venues.

Open Culture has secured Arts Council funding for a maximum of ten artistic commissions, of up to 1000, for the 2017 programme.

We are looking for emerging or established artists living or working in the UK. Proposals in any artform are welcome including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, performance, installation, light art or any combination of these.

We are looking for high-quality projects that are thought-provoking and engaging to the senses exploring the 2017 theme which isTime.

These commissions will present opportunities for artists to create work which is:

- presented as part of a major festival that reaches a large and varied audience
- made in collaboration with a new organisation or venue
- challenging but accessible for new audiences


The deadline for applications is Sunday 8 January 2017.Successful projects will receive up to 1000 for all artist fees and materials.

In Other Tongues: residential short course ANNOUNCED


In Other Tongues: intimate geographies, ecologies of conversation

A residential short course produced by at Dartington Hall

June 10-14 2017

Taking the idea of geographical intimacy as its starting point, this five-day residential course offers a special opportunity to explore how we relate to the poetics of place. Its a chance to engage in practical, playful and serious enquiry into our experience of landscape and all things that inhabit it - from those that can be seen and heard, to those living in more in-between or imagined spaces.

Creative use of words form the core of the course along with image-making, voice and embodied exercises. We will work both indoors and outdoors as we deepen and attune more to ourselves and our experiences of place.

Developing our ability to listen will be key to this process, as will remaining open, always, to the unexpected. A willingness to participate is more important than previous experience: we welcome anyone interested in creating new work, or bringing new light to bear on work that's already in progress.There will be plenty of exercises to fire and inspire the imagination, as well as time to go exploring, to contemplate, to be still, to wonder.

Central to this short course is an approach of generous, vigilant enquiry, with ample time for reflection and sharing.There will be group workshops as well as opportunities for individual sessions with the tutors.

This course is linked to a creative summit: In Other Tongues: creating metaphysics, embodying language, June 7-9.

inothertongues.infofor more information

Light Show Tribute to Stained Glass Genius


A second chance to see this latest work by international light artist, Andy McKeown: a three-hour display of giant moving images of the work of stained-glass artist genius Margaret Rope. The images are projected on to the front exterior of Shrewsbury Museum (SY1 1LH) with a specially-arranged soundtrack.
On Wednesday 21st December, 4.30pm-7.30pm; free event
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