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.

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

26 Jan - 22 Apr
Exhibition: 'John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing' organised by the Guild of St George, Two Temple Place and Museums Sheffield
Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD

The exhibition marks the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth (8th February 1819), exploring how his influence is still felt today in current debates on arts, education, the economy and the environment. John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing will be accompanied by a varied programme of cultural events for children and adults including talks, lectures, workshops and Wednesday Late openings until 9pm. For more information, please visit:

31 Jan
Exhibition: ‘Student work inspired by the life and work of John Ruskin’
WMC – the Camden College (Working Men’s College), London


Learners from all over the college have been invited to submit A4 size works inspired by the life and work of John Ruskin.

John Ruskin was one of the original drawing tutors at the Working Men’s College over 160 years ago.

To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth we will be holding an exhibition of work inspired by his legacy.

03 Feb
Commemorative Celebration, Venice: Service at St George’s Anglican Church, followed by ceremony at Ruskin’s memorial plaque, La Calcina Hotel
St George’s Anglican Church, Campo San Vio, Venice

10.30 St George’s Anglican Church, Campo San Vio

12.45 Pensione Calcina, Fondamenta ai Gesuati

Clive Wilmer, Master of the Guild of St George, will speak, together with Franco Posocco, Grand Guardian of the Scuola di San Rocco, and representatives of the City of Venice



04 Feb
Lecture: Ruskin at 200
Museum of London/ watch online


Professor Malcolm Andrews

Ruskin’s Bicentenary on 8 February 2019 will be marked by an assessment of his achievement as an art critic. Focusing on four or five particular paintings, the lecture will explore Ruskin’s distinctive genius in evocative word- painting as he celebrates and critiques Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites.
Like all Gresham lectures this one is free on a first come first served basis.
06 Feb - 07 Apr
Exhibition: Ruskin’s Good Looking! Absence and presence in John Ruskin’s clothing
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
07 Feb
Lecture: “John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye”
Ondatje Wing Lecture Theatre, National Portrait Gallery


Speaker: Prof. Robert Hewison

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 29 October 2018 for NPG members, and then on Monday 5 November for the general public.

08 Feb
“All Great Art is Praise”: a celebration of John Ruskin’s 200th Birthday
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Royal Academy of Arts, London


An evening of readings and music from Ruskin, featuring actors Michael Palin and Dan Draper, and songs realised by Sarah Rodgers, including a performance of her setting of “The King of the Golden River” by Richard Edgar-Wilson and the Coull Quartet.

Tickets go on sale from the Royal Academy on 27th November 2018

More information and tickets here