The winners of the inaugural Mansfield-Ruddock Prize were announced on Wednesday 26 June at a celebratory event at the Ruskin School of Art. The Mansfield-Ruddock Prize is a new award, kindly funded by the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts, facilitated by Mansfield alumnus Sir Paul Ruddock.  Its object is to acquire one graduate and one undergraduate work, from the Ruskin School of Art degree show each year, for Mansfield College.

The illustrious judging panel consisted of acclaimed artist Marc Quinn; Victoria Siddall, Director of the Frieze Art Fairs; and Mansfield alumnus and BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Simon Pummell.

The jury was unanimous in choosing Anya Gleizer as the winner of the graduate prize, of £5,000, for her work, Granny’s Bones and Greta Sharp for the winner of the undergraduate prize, of £2,500, for her film, Conversation with myself.

Helen Mountfield, Principal of Mansfield College said that she hoped the new contemporary art acquisitions would be the first of many:

“We are delighted to be able to reflect the forward-looking character of Mansfield College by starting what we aim will become a ground-breaking collection of contemporary art. We are hugely grateful to our alumnus Sir Paul Ruddock for making it possible, and to our distinguished inaugural jury for helping us to choose from some really exciting work”.

It is hoped that the exhibition of the winning works in College inspire our students and visitors, as well as supporting some of the many talented emerging artists graduating from the Ruskin School.  

Anthony Gardner, Head of the Ruskin School of Art, also expressed enthusiasm for the new prize:

“The Ruskin is thrilled to be part of this new prize for its MFA and BFA students, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Sir Paul Ruddock and Mansfield College, as well as the inaugural jury of Victoria, Marc and Simon. This visionary initiative comes at an exciting time for contemporary art and culture at Oxford, and recognises the superb talent coming through the Ruskin as one of the UK’s leading art schools”.

Both artists will be invited to Mansfield College to display and speak about their work.