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 will see 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.

Ruskin To-Day congratulates Dr James Dearden, founder of the Ruskin Association and editor of the Ruskin Newsletter 1969-2000, former Master of the Guild of St George, on his appointment as MBE for services to Culture.

Courtesy: Ruskin Foundation (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University)

Upcoming events and exhibits: 2018

21 Nov - 06 Feb
Exhibition: 'Black Sun, Blue Sky' by Patricia Townsend
Brantwood Blue Gallery, Coniston, UK

A starlike object moves in the dark space of the Blue Gallery whilst, in the Annexe, the sky has shattered into a cairn of shards.

The Transience of Wonder: sculptural installation  and Black Sun: video installation

Video artist and sculptor Patricia Townsend returns to the Blue Gallery five years after her video installation Morecambe Bay. In Black Sun she presents a hypnotic vision which is powerfully moving together with a sculptural installation in the Annexe reflecting Ruskin’s love of the sky; polarities which usher-in 2019, the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth.

22 Nov
Seminar: ‘A life which was not theirs’: Natural History and Memory in Ruskin and Eliot
Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, Lancaster Unversity

4.15pm

Timothy Chandler, University of Pennsylvania and Humboldt University Berlin and
Andy Tate, Reader, Department of English & Creative Writing, Lancaster University

For more information, please contact via 01524 593587 or ruskin.library@lancaster.ac.uk

06 Dec
Ruskinian Close Listening and Conceptive Cartography
Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, Lancaster Unversity

4.15pm

Jo Taylor, Manchester University, Jen Southern and Linda O’Keefe, Lancaster Institute for the
Contemporary Arts (LICA)

For more information, please contact via 01524 593587 or ruskin.library@lancaster.ac.uk