The Sustainability Art Prize

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This prize is open to all current students at Cambridge School of Art, on any course at any level. To enter you’ll need to create a piece of work based on your interpretation of 'sustainability' that reflects the aims of Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute.

The prize was first awarded in 2012 to coincide with the launch of the GSI, which plays a critical role in allying academic disciplines across our University together with business and governments to address the urgent need for practical solutions to global sustainability challenges.

The Sustainability Art Prize 2016 winner was an MA Fine Art student who works under the pseudonym Artists Activists.

The deadline for this year's competition was 15 February 2016, and the exhibition took place in the Ruskin Gallery from 14-23 April 2016.

The regulations for the 2016 award were:

1. Entrants have to be current students at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University;

2. The submissions must be related to the concept of sustainability. The interpretation of the concept is open; however, students are encouraged to research Anglia Ruskin's Global Sustainability Institute activities;

3. Submissions can be of any genre (e.g. photography, illustration, music, multimedia, video, performance, etc.) or any mix of genres or disciplines;

4. Entries must be of work created in 2015 or 2016;

5. Physical 2D entries requiring framing can be up to a maximum size of 50x70 cm, unless students provide their own framing. Inadequate framing quality will not be accepted;

6. Selected entries will be exhibited in the Ruskin Gallery;

7. Entries can be individual or collaborative, but each student (or collaborative group) can only submit one entry. Student submitting as part of a collaborative group cannot submit an individual entry;

8. Entries must be submitted to Ruskin 007 by 4pm on 15 February 2016. Submissions will not be accepted after this deadline. If you wish to submit on an earlier date, please email to make arrangements;

9. 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 (if any) of pieces submitted, and a statement of up to 300 words;

10.Entries must include high-resolution electronic versions of all work submitted (in 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;

11. The copyright of all work submitted remains with the artists. However, by submitting work, you are agreeing that Anglia Ruskin University can use your work for promotional activities (in print, online, or otherwise). Should this happen, artists will be credited;

12. The decisions of the selection committee are final. The committee is comprised of Chris Owen (Head of School); Marina Velez (Cambridge Sustainability Residency director and Anglia Ruskin University alumna); Sergio Fava (Senior Lecturer in the Cambridge School of Art); and Dr Aled Jones (Director of the Global Sustainability Institute);

13. Any questions should be sent to