Emery Prize 2021

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Emery Prize 2021. This year the committee were impressed with all the entries and we want thank all the Ruskin students who submitted their work.

The winner of the 

Emery Prize 2021



Deshna Shah


Deshna Shah is a multi-media artist based in Manchester and London, whose work seeks to address her complex relationship to location, culture and belonging. Deshna uses her work to question the residual impacts of relocation, judgement and the unspoken especially within the South Asian diaspora. Living with dyslexia, she combines Hindi, Gujarati, and English within her artwork, sometimes transformed into her 'Twilight Language'. Her enigmatic alphabet is used to narrate personal and social stories. Her practice offers up a method of healing through participation and visual imagery. Her work fluidly meets at the crossroads of installation, dance, performance, filmmaking, new media, and critical theory. Deshna has recently completed a BFA at the Ruskin.

@deshnaart    |    www.thiseraart.com

The Committee named submissions by Tom Scott and Louise Johnson as Highly Commended

www.tomscottartist.com      |      www.louisaellengrace.com

Portraits: What you lookin' at?

Explore our collection with our new online exhibition Portraits: What you lookin' at?  Discover paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings which depicture figures and faces. Some of the sitters stare out of the frame, looking back at the viewer. Others are seemingly unaware they are being watched, captured unawares. Online now, with more chapters to come shortly.

an online exhibition


Discover Collection Favourites

with our online exhibition walkthrough and guide

While the gallery remains closed to the public, we are delighted to offer digital access to our collection on display. We have continued the Collection Favourites display, incorporating favourites selected by the governing committee of JCR students and Pembroke College staff.

What is your Collection Favourite? Tell us via email or social media

jcr.artfund@pmb.ox.ac.uk  |  @pembrokejcrart  |  #collectionfavourites

The gallery is currently closed to the public until further notice

This is in response to government advice regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). The health and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and community is of paramount importance to us. We are unsure of when we will be able to open again, but hope you will continue supporting us. We look forward to being able to welcome visitors back to the gallery. Sign up to our newsletter to be notified when we reopen. In the meantime our website and social media channels have some great content for you to discover. We are  contactable on our email jcr.artfund@pmb.ox.ac.uk and will try to answer any enquiries as soon as possible. 



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