Ruskin To-Day is an informal organisation that exists to celebrate the life and ideas of the artist, critic and social reformer John Ruskin (1819-1900). It brings together the activities of the many different societies, academic institutions and individuals who share an interest in Ruskin and in the many different aspects of his work. This website serves as a noticeboard to draw attention to the many Ruskinian events that place across the world.

Since most activities are currently suspended, so is the calendar. However, we are beginning to get news of possible openings, and will be glad to publicise them once they become definite. Please take a look at the links to the many organisations that make up the Ruskin community.

News:

Brantwood has a new acquisition!

Thanks to the generosity of the Whitehouse Trust, and the perspicacity of Dr Nicholas Shrimpton, who spotted the picture, Brantwood has acquired this portrait of John James Ruskin’s sister (and Ruskin’s aunt), Jessie Ruskin, attributed to George Watson.

Brantwood is delighted to have been awarded a substantial Culture Recovery Grant by ACE & DCMS.

The funds will support Brantwood through the winter and allow it to adapt its operations to open the main house, which is currently closed. During the latest national lockdown Brantwood is obliged to close all its facilities to the public. We are very sorry about this, and look forward to welcoming our visitors back as soon as we possibly can.

The Guild of St George has published a new book, Paradise is Here: Building Community Around Things That Matter.Written by Ruth Nutter, it offers arts, heritage and community practitioners inspiration and guidance on engaging communities, drawing on her leadership of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme of events and activities 2014 – 2019. It is complemented by the film, No Wealth but Life?  reflecting on what the Guild has learned from the Ruskin in Sheffield and Ruskin in Wyre projects – link here: https://vimeo.com/418376594

The Stones of Venice

Selected, introduced and read by Robert Hewison.

A reading in twenty episodes, sponsored by Sovereign Films, with special thanks to Donald Rosenfeld and Andreas Roald.

Listen here