The Bewick Prize is an annual prize for a small wood engraving funded by the Bewick Society, awarded at the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers.
Sue Scullard is the first winner of The Bewick Prize.
Her print is entitled 'Elephant and Calf' (97mm x 121mm). It is a beautiful engraving of great detail and skill and a worthy winner.
Thomas Bewick was keen that wood engraving would long flourish and that it's artists would thrive.
'How far I may venture further to obtrude my opinions, or advice, on the notice of artists, particularly engravers on wood, I know not, but they may readily imagine that I cannot help feeling a deep interest, and an ardent desire, that the art may long flourish, and that those who follow it may feel happy in the pursuit. Perhaps what I have already said may not be uninteresting to some of them, and, if I knew how I could go further, in any way that might urge or stimulate them to feel enthusiasm for this art, it should not be wanting; for the wish, though tottering on the down-hill of life, is extended beyond the grave.'
[A Memoir of Thomas Bewick, Written by Himself edited with an Introduction by Iain Bain, Oxford University Press, 1979 p.201]
The 75th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers runs from 20th September 2012 to 20th October 2012 at Art Jericho Gallery, 6 King Street, Oxford OX2 6DP. It then goes on tour to Bath, London, North Yorkshire and Axminster.
More details on the website of the Society of Wood Engravers.