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. There is another website dedicated to the Bicentennial 

The Ruskin To-Day website congratulates Dr Rachel Dickenson on her election as the fifteenth Master of the Guild of St George. She will succeed Clive Wilmer on 16 November 2019, following confirmation by Companions of the Guild of St Guild at their annual general meeting. Clive Wilmer has given ten years of outstanding service as Master of the Guild.

The Big Draw has announced the shortlist of The John Ruskin Prize 2019, which this year called to artists across the nation to respond to the theme:Agent of Change‘. 

From the shortlist, 3 winners will be announced and awarded their share of the£5000 Prize fund at the Private View and Prize Giving to be held at The Holden Gallery, Manchester on 11 July 2019.

The John Ruskin Prize 2019 Shortlisted artists are:

Balal Aquil, Omid Asadi, Lucy Burscough, Tracey Bush, Duncan Cameron, Faye Claridge, Judy Clarkson, Wayne Clough, Connor Coulston, Sarah Craske, Smout Allen Design Research, Sarah Duncan,  Lisa Earley, Kate Genever, Nigel Goldsmith, Evagelia Hagikalfa, Martin Hearne, Michelle Heron, Harriet Mena Hill, Marguerite Horner, Benedict Hughes, Juliette Losq, Pinkie Maclure, Farwa Moledina, Julie Moss, Fronc Ng,  Kazuki Nishinaga, Shanti Panchal, Lucy Pass, Lee John Phillips, Hilary Powell, Mike S Redmond & Faye Coral Johnson, Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton, Conor Rogers, Katrin Spranger, Emilia Symis, Kathy Taylor, Danny Treacy, Chao Wang, Pip Woolf and Colin Yates.


Upcoming events and exhibits: 2019

03 Jul
Ruskin in Manchester: Ruskin Reviews
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street Manchester, M2 3JL United Kingdom

Free, no need to book

‘Perfectly painted’ or ‘catastrophe’? Join Manchester Art Gallery’s curator Hannah Williamson for a gallery tour to consider what Ruskin had to say about works in Manchester’s collection.

06 Jul
Lecture: 'Utopian Dreams: Ruskin's Tory Paternalism'
The William Morris Society 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith


Speaker: John Blewitt

John Ruskin was a major influence on William Morris but many of Ruskin’s political views were decidedly conservative. Morris was a libertarian eco-socialist who imagined a utopian future with no masters and no hierarchies; Ruskin looked at the laissez faire capitalism of his day and yearned to recreate social relationships characterised by a reciprocal bond between wise masters who would look after their godly and honest workers. This lecture will explore their contrasting socio-political visions.

John Blewitt is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schhumacher Institute and a member of the William Morris Society.

Tickets for the lecture are £12/£10 (member)/£5 (student)

SPECIAL OFFER: book for all three William Morris Society lectures at the special rate of £30/£25 (member)/£12 (student)

08 Jul
Ruskin in Manchester: The Ruskin Lectures, Reenacted, The Discovery and Application of Art
The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street Manchester, England, M2 3HY United Kingdom

In July 1857 John Ruskin came to Manchester to deliver A Joy Forever, a pair of lectures presented over two evenings. These lectures, subtitled The Discovery and Application of Art and The Accumulation and Distribution of Art, will be re-enacted at The Portico Library and Manchester Art Gallery respectively during the Ruskin in Manchester bicentenary festival. Actor and art historian Paul O’Keeffe will perform these original lectures in two of the most important architectural treasures remaining from Victorian Manchester.

Sponsored by Ruskin in Manchester, Guild of St. George and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The second lecture, The Accumulation and Distribution of Art, will be held at Manchester Art gallery, Saturday 13th July 2019 at 12pm.


09 Jul
Special Event: Dawn Scything
Brantwood, Coniston

Dawn Scything – (6am – 9am) – Help cut part of our wildflower meadow – experienced mowers welcome. Breakfast provided at 9am.  Free event.  Please confirm your attendance by contacting the Estate Team on  Meet in Brantwood car park.

11 Jul - 05 Oct
Exhibition: Turner, Ruskin and the Storm Cloud of the Modern World
Abbot Hall, Kendal, UK
11 Jul
John Ruskin Prize: Winner Announcement and Exhibition
The Holden Gallery

More information can be found

16 Jul
Special Event: Illyria – The Tempest
Brantwood, Coniston

Held in the setting of Brantwood’s lakeside meadow. Bring your own seating. Gates open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.  Performance will last circa 2h 20m including a 20 minute interval. Adults £12.00. Children & students £8.00. Coniston Launch will be running a ferry service to and from the performance, leaving Coniston Boat landings at 6.15pm and returning after the performance.  Adults £3, children £1.50.  Ferry must be booked in advance through Brantwood box office.

Shakespeare’s final play, is also believed by many to be his finest comedy, presented in Illyria’s slick, physical and imaginative style. A magician marooned on an island with his daughter conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Which is greater – his desire for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?