The Sustainability Art Prize

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As a concept, sustainability tends to behave in a multitude of meanings and, for many, it seems capable of encompassing such contrasting issues as controlling economic growth and the protection of other species and their habitat.

Many are the areas where sustainability unfolds its devastatingly simple logic, such as climate change, access to resources, feminism, gender inequality, cultural values, cultural colonisation, speciesism, food production and distribution, geopolitical conflicts; the list goes on.

The creative disciplines are very well equipped for the challenges that such vast and complex issues present. The Sustainability Art Prize has been created to inspire students to explore these issues and to open up spaces for dialogue and transformation.

Entries can be in any medium, and all shortlisted entries will form an exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery. A winner, second and third prizes will be selected from the short-listed entries.

The 2020 prize was won by Stepanka Facerova of our BA (Hons) Fine Art degree course.

Sustainability Art Prize regulations

  • Entrants have to be current students at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.
  • The submissions must be related to the concept of sustainability. The interpretation of the concept is open, but students are encouraged to research Anglia Ruskin's Global Sustainability Institute activities.
  • Submissions can be of any genre, any mix of genres or disciplines.
  • Entries must be of work created in 2015 or 2016.
  • Each entry can vary from one to three items.
  • Selected entries will be displayed in the Ruskin Gallery.
  • Video entries can use up to two screens. If using two screens, students are encouraged to create work with an element of interplay or interactivity between screens.
  • Entries can be individual or collaborative. Each student or group can only submit one entry. Students submitting as part of a collaborative group cannot submit an individual entry.
  • Entries must be submitted to Ruskin 007 on 30 January 2016 before 4pm. Submissions will not be accepted after the 4pm deadline. If you wish to submit on an earlier date please email to make arrangements.
  • Entries must include the name, SID, year and degree of study, and e-mail address of the student (or every single student in the case of collaborative projects), title of pieces submitted, and a statement of up to 300 words.
  • Entries must include high-resolution electronic versions of all work submitted (CD, DVD, USB drive or URL). These are non-returnable, and it is the responsibility of the students to make sure they are in working order.
  • The copyright of all work submitted remains with the authors However, by submitting work, you are agreeing that Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Sustainability Residency programme can use your work for promotional activities, in print, online, or otherwise. Should this happen, authors will be credited.
  • The decisions of the selection committee are final. The committee is comprised of Chris Owen (Head of Cambridge School of Art); Marina Velez (Cambridge Sustainability Residency Director and Anglia Ruskin University Associate); Aled Jones (Director, Global Sustainability Institute).

For more information about the jury panel please visit the Global Sustainability Institute website or the Cambridge Sustainability Residency.