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

29 Mar - 23 Jun
Exhibition: Turner, Ruskin and the Storm Cloud of the Modern World
York Art Gallery, York, UK
05 Apr - 02 May
Exhibition: “There is no wealth but life”
Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge

Themed this year to mark the bicentenary of John Ruskin, the Anglia Ruskin University Sustainability Art Prize and Exhibition will take place in the main Ruskin Gallery.

Admission Free

06 Apr
Lecture: ‘The Sun’s Drawing: John Ruskin’s Daguerreotype Photographs of Venice’
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Speaker: Sarah Quill

11 Apr - 04 Aug
Exhibition: Incandescence: Turner's Venice
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
26 Apr
Lecture: “The Teaching of Art is the Teaching of all Things: John Ruskin and his School of Drawing”
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum

Tea and cakes 3.30, Lecture 4.15

Speaker: Prof Robert Hewison

Organised by the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum

12 May
Closing Date: Ruskin Prize 2019
The Big Draw

More information can be found 

15 May - 05 Aug
Exhibition: 'Tea, Mingei & Fors: celebrating the legacy of John Ruskin in Japan'
Brantwood, Blue Gallery

A display of pots from the Mingei (folk crafts) tradition and its Ruskin connections featuring work by Ogata Kenzan, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leech, Tomoo Hamada, Edward Hughes and Miles Martin Moore.

Blue Gallery, Brantwood

Tomoo Hamada, potter and grandson will open the show with a talk about his grandfather, renowned potter Shoji Hamada. This will take place in the Severn Studio, Brantwood

Also on  15th May 2019 there will be a JapaneseTea Ceremony & Presentation. Celebrating the friendship of Japan and Great Britain through the inspirational legacy of John Ruskin, the Urasenke Foundation will present and demonstrate the ancient Japanese art of tea. This will take place at the Brantwood Coach House