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 

Please find videos below of various lectures featured in the two-day conference ‘Art for the Nation: John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change’, held at the National Gallery, London, on 20th and 21st September 2019.



Upcoming events and exhibits

07 Feb - 08 Feb
Conference: 'John Ruskin: Prophet of the Anthropocene'
John J. Reilly Center, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
13 Feb
Ruskin Seminar: Suzanne Fagence Cooper: Storm Clouds and the Sea of Ice - Ruskin in the Alps
The Ruskin, Lancaster


Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper (Research Curator, York Art Gallery) will examine the interconnections between Ruskin’s observations of changing Alpine skyscapes and landscapes over 40 years, with his own concerns about personal fragility and decline.

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.