The Gibbs Prize in Fine Art, is awarded by the examiners for the best overall result achieved across all aspects of the Final Honours School in Fine Art (BFA) – exhibition, portfolio, exam paper on History & Theory of Visual Culture and an extended essay.
The Stuart Morgan Prize is awarded by the examiners for the outstanding extended essay in BFA Finals. The prize commemorates the life and work of the art critic Stuart Morgan (1948-2002) who was a tutor at the Ruskin School from 1992-98. His criticism was renowned for its independence and originality, and a collection of his writings, What the Butler Saw, was published in 1996.
The bursary will be awarded, if there is a candidate of sufficient merit, by the examiners in the Preliminary Examination in Fine Art to the candidate whom they regard as the most outstanding on the basis of work submitted for the examination.
The prize is awarded for outstanding performance in Human Anatomy in the Preliminary Examination in Fine Art. The successful artist selects some work created during their year of anatomy study for display in the Ruskin library.
The Ruskin is delighted to announce that together with Mansfield College and a benefactor named Sir Paul Ruddock, we have developed a new prize for the annual Degree Shows, running for 5 years in the first instance and called the Mansfield-Ruddock Prize. Its object is to acquire one graduate and one undergraduate work, from the Ruskin School of Art degree show each year, for Mansfield College.
Any work submitted by BFA and MFA students for the end of year degree show will be considered for the prize, unless the student indicates they would not like to participate.
A prize is offered by the Ashmolean Museum from the Vivien Leigh Fund for a two-dimensional work of art on paper, not exceeding 55 by 40 centimetres, by an undergraduate member of the University. It is a condition of the award that the winning work be given to the Ashmolean.
The work will be chosen, if a work of sufficient merit is submitted, by the Keeper of Western Art in the Ashmolean Museum from work submitted to the Ruskin (High Street) by Friday of seventh week in Trinity Term or work exhibited at the annual Degree Show at the Ruskin School of Art.
The Kevin Slingsby Prize for Funnel Vision is open to all undergraduates at the Ruskin School of Art for work in any media. The prize was established in 2006 to celebrate the life and work of Kevin Slingsby, who taught at the Ruskin for 21 years and had a profound effect on the hundreds of students he worked with. The judges will be looking for creative and original thinking and the prize is awarded on those grounds, rather than for a specific piece of work and regardless of media.
The shortlisting and judging takes place in Trinity Term and the judging panel includes members of the Slingsby family, a member of academic staff from the Ruskin School and a member of the Ruskin School alumni body. In 2019, the judges will be Holly Slingsby, Tom Slingsby, Justin Coombes and Colin Perry and the judging will take place on Friday of Week 2 in Trinity Term (10 May).
The Egerton Coghill Landscape Prize will be awarded, if an entry of sufficient quality is submitted, for the best small landscape painting painted during the twelve months preceding the closing date for entries by a member of the University who is at that date reading for any degree, diploma, or certificate of the University.
Entries must not exceed four square feet in area and should be submitted to Head of School, Ruskin School of Art, 74 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, no later than 12 noon on Friday of fourth Week in Trinity Term, with a statement signed by the competitor that the work has been painted in the preceding twelve months. No competitor may submit more than one entry for any one competition, and the winner of the prize in any one year shall not be eligible to compete in any subsequent year.
The Sir William Dunn School for Pathology Art Award is open to all undergraduates and postgraduates at the Ruskin School of Art. Students are invited to submit proposals for a site-specific work that will be displayed at the Sir William Dunn School for Pathology, South Parks Road, Oxford.
Proposals should consist of a statement of approximately 250 words, with supporting visuals. Works should be inspired by the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, either directly through the subject area of pathology or by the school architecture.
The judging and announcement takes place in Trinity Term. The Prize was briefly suspended in 2018. Final dates for submission in 2019 are yet to be confirmed, including the date for an initial visit and tour of the Dunn School for Pathology.
The winner will complete the commission over the summer vacation and install their work during the autumn.
The Sir William Dunn School for Pathology retains the winning work for their art collection.
Full details of the prizes and awards can be found in the BFA Handbook.