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 

Ruskin Society Book Prize 2018
The Ruskin Society is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Ruskin Society Book Prize. The
shortlisted titles are:

A Torch at Midnight by Robert Brownell (Pallas Athene)
John Ruskin and the Fabric of Architecture by Anuradha Chatterjee (Routledge)
John Ruskin’s Politics and the Natural Law by Graham MacDonald (Palgrave)
John Ruskin and 19th century education edited by Valerie Purton (Anthem).

The winner will be announced at the Society’s AGM on 1 June.


Call for papers: “A great community”: John Ruskin’s Europe” Venice 7-9 October 2019

Organised by Emma Sdegno, Martina Frank (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Pierre-Henry Frangne (Université Rennes 2), Myriam Pilutti Namer (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa),

this conference invites scholars to discover or rediscover a self-consciously European John Ruskin, and explore the multiple facets and levels – geographical, historical, critical, aesthetic, socio-political, and cultural – of an œuvre which both deliberately challenges disciplinary boundaries and breaks through national frontiers.

Abstracts of 300-500 words are to be sent to They can be submitted in English, French, German or Italian. Deadline for submission 28 February 2019. More details from and all enquiries to


Courtesy: Ruskin Foundation (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University)

Upcoming events and exhibits: 2019

23 Feb - 26 May
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Gallery, Tokyo
04 Mar
Lecture: Oxford Art Society Associates (OASA), Looking at Art with Marcel Proust and John Ruskin in mind
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Drinks 5.15pm Lecture 5.45pm – 6.45pm

Speaker: Dr Cynthia Gamble

Non Members are welcome. £5.00 per person per lecture, at the door.

07 Mar
Lecture: Ruskin and the Idea of Craftsmanship
St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL

6.30 pm

Speaker: Prof Peter Burman

First in a series of four Ruskin lectures organised by the SPAB, with others on 14, 21 and 28 March

09 Mar
Lecture: Joseph Marie Couttet, "Capitaine" du Mont-Blanc et guide de John Ruskin
Salle du Bicentenaire, Chamonix

6 pm

Speaker: André Hélard

15 Mar
Talk: See Better, The works of John Ruskin
Keswick Words by the Water

Speaker: Suzanne Fagence Cooper

16 Mar
Interactive day: “Next Steps with Ruskin”
Bewdley, Worcestershire

The Guild of St George’s “Ruskin Wyre” project concludes with a free interactive day facilitated by the Guild of St George exploring Ruskin’s historical influence and his relevance to today.

For places and information, contact

16 Mar
Private view and exhibition opening: “Beautiful, peaceful, fruitful: Ruskin in Wyre”
Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley

Evening: for places and information, contact