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.


Ruskin’s bicentenary year ended on 8th February, 2020, his 201st birthday. But Ruskin To-Day will continue to maintain this website as a source of information on Ruskinian developments and events. If you have a Ruskin event coming up, anywhere in the world, we will be delighted to add it to our rolling calendar. You can contact us via any of the institutions listed on our site. If possible, please give us the information in the format used on our calendar page. If you are putting on an exhibition, we are about to create a new exhibitions page, where your show will continue to be displayed until it closes, as well as on our calendar.

Ruskin To-Day congratulates Andrew Hill on winning the 2019 Ruskin Society Book Prize for Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes our World, published by Pallas Athene. Go to our calendar to find out where Andrew Hill will next be talking about Ruskin and the ideas in his book.

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.


Upcoming events and exhibits

10 Mar - 31 May
Exhibition: 'Unto this last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin'
The Watts Gallery

A complex and often contradictory figure, John Ruskin stands as one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century. A pioneering art critic and an accomplished draftsman, he believed that art had the power to transform society and that nature inspired the most meaningful art. Two centuries after his birth, this exhibition, featuring works by J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and other leading artists of the nineteenth century, examines Ruskin’s legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator.

Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin features paintings, drawings, and manuscripts largely from collections at Yale University – the Yale Center for British Art and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – together representing one of the most important repositories of Ruskin’s work in the United States, much of which is to be exhibited in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition has been curated by three PhD Candidates in Yale University’s Department of the History of Art: Tara Contractor, Victoria Hepburn, and Judith Stapleton; with Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Centre Professor of the History of Art at Yale; and Courtney Skipton Long, Acting Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art.

19 Mar
Ruskin Seminar: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson: Ruskin’s Post Carbon Society - Imagining the Future during the Victorian Coal Panic
The Ruskin, Lancaster


Dr Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (Associate Professor of British History, University of Chicago) explores fossil fuels, economic growth, and the relevance of Ruskin’s thinking for understanding the ecological concerns of the late nineteenth century as well as those of our own era.

28 Mar
Illustrated Lecture: Andrew Hill (author of 'Ruskinland')
Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham. B3 3BS


John Peek Conference Room