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About the Emery Prize

The Emery Prize is an annual prize award to a Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, BFA or MFA finalist student. The inaugural prize was awarded in 2018 and has continued each year, to support emerging artists within the Oxford University community and to encourage engagement with contemporary art in the wider Oxford community. Named after the founder of the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection, The Emery Prize reinvents the collection’s historic links to the Ruskin School of Art, by finding new ways to support contemporary art practice through providing a platform for exhibition.


The prize is judged by the Pembroke College JCR Art Fund Collection Committee, comprising of the Curator, JCR undergraduate students and Pembroke staff. The prize is awarded based solely on merit of the artwork presented in the final degree show and portfolio, along with a written artist statement. We hope that the experience of applying for the award is beneficial in helping emerging artists consider how they communicate about their artwork and practice  as well as giving the opportunity for the winner to develop their artwork  into a solo exhibition. 

The prize awarded consists of:

  • A solo exhibition in the Pembroke College Gallery and/or through our digital channels 

  • Mentoring from the Curator about exhibition, selling and funding opportunities for emerging artists

  • The opportunity for an artist talk and public events

  • A cash prize 

The committee would like to thank the Ruskin School of Art for their support in running the Emery Prize. 

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