Ruskin To-Day is an informal network devoted to promoting wider knowledge and understanding of the ideas of the great Victorian writer, reformer and artist, John Ruskin (1819–1900).

2019 sees the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February, 1819. This site has been set up to provide as much information as possible about Ruskin-related events that are taking place between now and the close of 2019.

There is a calendar of events that will be updated regularly, and a map that will help you find events near you.

There are also links to the many organisations that make up the Ruskin community. There is another website dedicated to the Bicentennial 

The Ruskin To-Day website congratulates Dr Rachel Dickenson on her election as the fifteenth Master of the Guild of St George. She will succeed Clive Wilmer on 16 November 2019, following confirmation by Companions of the Guild of St Guild at their annual general meeting. Clive Wilmer has given ten years of outstanding service as Master of the Guild.



Upcoming events and exhibits: 2019

23 May
Talk: The Portcullis Trust - How John Ruskin Shapes Our World
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College Parkshot London TW9 2RE


The Portcullis Trust welcomes FT Andrew Hill to talk about Ruskinland – his latest book on the eminant Art Historian John Ruskin.

All proceeds go to supporting disadvantaged students at RHACC Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World, by Andrew Hill

When Andrew Hill discovered Ruskin’s social criticism in 2009, he immediately saw the parallels with the debate raging about the causes and consequences of the financial crisis and wrote in the Financial Times about the lessons found in Ruskin’s work.

In Ruskinland, he builds on Ruskin’s pin-sharp appreciation of art and architecture, his extraordinary draughtsmanship, and his insistence that to see and draw the world is the best way to understand it better. This vision has new relevance in the age of YouTube and Instagram, while Ruskin’s radical ideas have fresh relevance to how we run our lives, our governments, our museums, our galleries and our companies.

Andrew Hill is an Associate Editor and Management Editor of the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column on business, strategy and leadership, as well as contributing longer features, videos and podcasts and appearing regularly at conferences and on panels. He was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (2016).

26 May - 27 May
Dance Performance: 'Topos (Yan Tan Tethera)'
Brantwood, Coniston

Cumbria Youth Dance Company

Cumbria YDC, in collaboration with Wired Aerial Theatre, will create a suite of unique site-specific, bungee-assisted and aerial performance works referencing Ruskin’s love of mountains. Dancers will work on the Cumbrian fells and in the studio to explore the transition between vertical & horizontal, producing 3 unique pieces of choreography for sharing in the grounds at Brantwood.  The works will also feature at Lakes Alive festival in September 2019, on stage at The Lowry as part of U.Dance NW 2019 and on screen at Kendal Mountain Festival as part of their Special Film Screenings in November 2019.

29 May - 15 Sep
Exhibition: ‘John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing’ organised by the Guild of St George, Two Temple Place and Museums Sheffield
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
01 Jun
Lecture, Prize Presentation, and AGM of the Ruskin Society
The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Afternoon event, timings to follow.

Prof. Stephen Wildman “‘Milestones on the road to one’s country’: Ruskin’s four score birthdays”

The 2018 Ruskin Society Book Prize will be presented, and the Society’s AGM held.

01 Jun
Ruskin Society AGM and Birthday Event
The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT


Professor Stephen Wildman (former Director of the Ruskin Study Centre and Library at the Univeristy of Lancaster) will address the Society on the subject of “‘Milestones on the road to one’s country’: Ruskin’s four score birthdays”, and the Ruskin Society Book Prize for 2018 will be awarded.
Places are free or members but must be reserved by visiting this address:
07 Jun - 18 Aug
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Kurume City Art Museum, Japan
12 Jun
Talks: “Turner, Ruskin and France” - 'French Towns by depicted by Turner newly identified' and 'The Musée Picasso v. The Clore Gallery for Turner'
The Rectory, St James Piccadilly

Dr Bernard Richards and Dr Selby Whittingham

Free event but reserve through