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.

John Ruskin, aged 38, 1857.
Engraving by Francis Holl, after George Richmond.
Courtesy Ruskin Foundation.

Upcoming events and exhibits: 2018

01 Mar
Exhibition: ‘Ruskin’s Good Looking’: Drawing and the slow approach to seeing
Lancaster University

Sarah Casey (Lancaster University, LICA) and Dr Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Part of: ‘Thinking Fast and Slow: Ruskin Seminar Series 2018’

Working at the time of fracture of the sciences from classical studies, poetry and religion, Ruskin was one of the last great truly interdisciplinary thinkers. This new seminar series will pair speakers from across the arts, humanities and sciences to debate how Ruskin’s works challenged perception, language and perspective, and anticipated modes of thinking today.

10 Mar - 10 Jun
Exhibition: John Ruskin: The Stones of Venice
Musei Civici, Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy
10 Mar - 27 May
Exhibition: Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA
22 Mar
Guild of St George Symposium
Ducal Palace, Venice, Italy

part of A Guild in Venice week. Speakers include Robert Hewison, Clive Wilmer, Emma Sdengo and Rachel Dickinson.

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22 Mar
Lecture: Conceptive Cartography: The Sense(s) of Mapping Ruskin
Lancaster University

Jo Taylor and Jen Southern (Lancaster University, History Department and LICA)

Part of: ‘Thinking Fast and Slow: Ruskin Seminar Series 2018’

Working at the time of fracture of the sciences from classical studies, poetry and religion, Ruskin was one of the last great truly interdisciplinary thinkers. This new seminar series will pair speakers from across the arts, humanities and sciences to debate how Ruskin’s works challenged perception, language and perspective, and anticipated modes of thinking today.

13 Apr - 02 Sep
Exhibition: World of Work: images of toil and transcendence
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
13 Apr
Book Launch: ‘Bloke’s Progress'
Brantwood, Coniston, UK

Launch of the completed Ruskin comic trilogy, incorporating How to be Rich, How to See and How to Work’