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Red Mansion Art Prize Exhibition 2017

The Ruskin School of Art and the Red Mansion Foundation are pleased to present The Red Mansion Art Prize Exhibition 2017, to be held in Oxford at Kendrew Barn, St. John's College, from 25 until 31 March.

RM17 Design by Sonia Bernac (BFA 2015)


This year’s Red Mansion Art Prize exhibition is organised by the Ruskin School of Art (University of Oxford) and curated by artist and Ruskin tutor Ian Kiaer.  The exhibition presents work by the winners of the Red Mansion Art Prize 2016. One student from each of the UK’s seven leading art schools is awarded the prize annually.  During the summer of 2016, the winners of last year’s prize travelled to China for a fully-funded residency, with studio space and the opportunity to live and work alongside local artists. The work which evolved in China is now brought together in a varied exhibition exploring cultural exchange, difference and creativity.  

The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday 25th March through to Friday 31st March, from 10 am until 4pm each day.    A map showing the entrance to the exhibition galleries at St John's College is found here and marked 19 on the map.   Please note you cannot reach Kendrew Barn via the main college entrance.  Parking is available locally in St Giles. 

The seven artists who undertook their residencies in China in 2016 and are exhibiting this year are:

Alvaro Barrington - Slade School of Fine Art 

Ishita - Chelsea College of Arts 

Jack Burton - Royal Academy Schools 

Katie Hare - Goldsmiths College 

Mustafa Boga - Central Saint Martins 

Natalia Skobeeva - Royal College of Art 

Olivia Rowland Ruskin School of Art

“One of the things I will take away from this experience is the artists I have met in China, but also the artists who are part of the Red Mansion.” Alvaro Barrington

“…the cultural experience really made me re-examine not only my own practice and processes, but the way I examine and take in the world at large – both as an artist, and as an observer.” Olivia Rowland

"Me in an alien world or me, an alien in this world..!!...??" Ishita

The Red Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, which promotes artistic exchange between China and the UK. Its aim is to promote cultural understanding between East and West through exhibitions, artist exchange-programmes, residencies, publications and the annual Red Mansion Art Prize. 

The Red Mansion Art Prize was established in 2002 to promote artistic exchange between China and the UK. One student from each of the UK’s seven leading art schools has been selected to travel to China for one month, on a fully funded residency in Beijing, and subsequently take part in a group exhibition in the UK. 


2016’s panel of judges was composed of:

Prof Paul Goodwin - UAL Chair of Black Art and Design; Director of TrAIN (Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation)

Jemima Stehli - Artist

Rosza Farkas - Director of Arcadia Missa Gallery

Ingrid Swenson - Director of Peer Gallery

Nicolette Kwok - Director of the Red Mansion Foundation

Ian Kiaer, the curator of this year's exhibition, comments:  "The Red Mansion Prize provides an opportunity for selected students across seven of the UK’s major Fine Art programmes to work and exhibit together, allowing them exposure to, and dialogue with, some of their most promising peers, as well as artists in China. It is also significant that this is the first time the event is happening in Oxford, bringing early-career artists to the heart of the collegiate University”.

We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition