Ruskin To-Day is an informal organisation that exists to celebrate the life and ideas of the artist, critic and social reformer John Ruskin (1819-1900). It brings together the activities of the many different societies, academic institutions and individuals who share an interest in Ruskin and in the many different aspects of his work. This website serves as a noticeboard to draw attention to the many Ruskinian events that place across the world.

IN MEMORIAM KEVIN JACKSON 1956-2021

Kevin Jackson, Broadcaster and Man of Letters, died of a pulmonary embolism on 10th May 2021.

The author of some thirty books, he is best known to Ruskinians for The Worlds of John Ruskin, (Pallas Athene and the Ruskin Foundation, 2010), A Ruskin Alphabet (Worple Press, 2000), and most especially for the invention of “Bloke”, the Everyman who learns to live by Ruskin’s values in the three Ruskin comics drawn by Hunt Emerson, and recently published as a single volume, Bloke’s Progress (Knockabout 2018). Kevin Jackson was an omnivorous intellectual who was on easy terms with the common reader. His jovial presence and wide knowledge will be much missed. RH

News:

Sovereign Films have now released their Special Collector’s De Luxe DVD and Blue Ray Edition of their Film Effie Gray (2014). It can be found here:

Brantwood Reopening

Brantwood reopened to visitors on Monday 12th April. The gardens, Severn studio and Terrace café are all now open. All activities are outside only with the exception of the Severn Studio, which opened with a new exhibition by artist, Helen Fryer. A vibrant landscape exhibition of landscape work around some of the lesser known areas of North Cumbria and the Solway Firth.  The gardens have been well looked after through the lockdown period and are now blooming with the bluebells appearing and lots of buzzy and scurrying creatures getting busy. Since opening on the 12th, it has been lovely to see a lot of new visitors – families enjoying the family activity packs and trails through the estate – and visitors from around the country pleased to be back in the lovely Lakes District. For anyone planning to visit Brantwood and enjoy a bite to eat in the Terrace cafe, we can reserve a small number of tables on the terrace, so do drop over an email if you would like a table.

With limited numbers to the house, tickets will be available for timed slots. Tickets are available for the house and gardens and for the gardens only. For those visitors wishing to enjoy Brantwood through the seasons, we are now offering a season ticket at £12 for 12 months. All can be bought online via the website www.brantwood.org.uk

The Guild of St George has published a new book, Paradise is Here: Building Community Around Things That Matter.

Written by Ruth Nutter, it offers arts, heritage and community practitioners inspiration and guidance on engaging communities, drawing on her leadership of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme of events and activities 2014 – 2019. It is complemented by the film, No Wealth but Life?  reflecting on what the Guild has learned from the Ruskin in Sheffield and Ruskin in Wyre projects – link here: https://vimeo.com/418376594

The Stones of Venice

Selected, introduced and read by Robert Hewison.

A reading in twenty episodes, sponsored by Sovereign Films, with special thanks to Donald Rosenfeld and Andreas Roald.

Listen here