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Philip Sanderson Tapestry Shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize


john_ruskin_prizePhilip, who teaches on the full time Visual Arts programme, created the tapestry Nowhere over 13 weeks and is one of only 23 artists selected from 588 entries received from all over the UK in a wide range of medium including drawing, painting, watercolour, print and mixed media. Nowhere is currently on show at the Open West Exhibition 2014 at The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (3 May – 1 June).

“The work was inspired by a section of a quote from Ruskin’s autobiography Praeterita At last, the tree was there, and everything I had thought before about trees, nowhere…”,” says Philip. “The title also relates to the original image from which the design for the tapestry was taken, a photograph of a landscape whose location has been lost through the passage of time”.

The John Ruskin Prize was set up in 2013 by the Campaign for Drawing in collaboration with The Guild of St George, a charity founded by Ruskin in 1871, to offer a ‘fresh, contemporary visions of the UK’s urban, rural of social environment’.

The panel of judges includes Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints, V&A, Laura Oldfield Ford, Artist, Sue Grayson Ford, Director, and Campaign for Drawing, Kirstie Hamilton, Museums, Sheffield and Clive Wilmer, Maser, Guild of St George. The winner will be announced on Friday 27 June and all shortlisted works will be exhibited at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (28 June – 12 October), partnering the major V&A exhibition Recording Britain.

Tapestry weaving is a specialist art form that is seeing a revival. The West Dean Tapestry Studio is one of only a handful of professional, contemporary design and weaving studios in the UK. Recent commissions include, Black Cat and and Rose Virgin for the artist Tracey Emin, Play for British Designer Faye Toogood and a 12 year project involving a series of seven tapestries recreating the 16th century The Hunt of the Unicorn commissioned by Historic Scotland.

West Dean is the only college offering full time study in Tapestry and Textile Art at postgraduate level in the UK. Philip Sanderson teaches on the college’s full time Visual Arts, Tapestry and Textile Art Postgraduate Programme which includes a Graduate Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, MA (Master of Arts) and MFA (Master of Fine Art), validated by the University of Sussex.  Students can specialise in Painting and Drawing, Sculpture or Tapestry and Textile Art. Each student is afforded a generous studio space, regular tutorial support and access to a broad range of visiting artists and lecturers.


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