Upcoming events and exhibits: 2018
Houghton Rare Book Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD
The exhibition marks the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth (8th February 1819), exploring how his influence is still felt today in current debates on arts, education, the economy and the environment. John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing will be accompanied by a varied programme of cultural events for children and adults including talks, lectures, workshops and Wednesday Late openings until 9pm. For more information, please visit: https://twotempleplace.org/exhibitions/john-ruskin/
WMC – the Camden College (Working Men’s College), London
Learners from all over the college have been invited to submit A4 size works inspired by the life and work of John Ruskin.
John Ruskin was one of the original drawing tutors at the Working Men’s College over 160 years ago.
To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth we will be holding an exhibition of work inspired by his legacy.
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
Ondatje Wing Lecture Theatre, National Portrait Gallery
Speaker: Prof. Robert Hewison
Tickets will go on sale on Monday 29 October 2018 for NPG members, and then on Monday 5 November for the general public.
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Royal Academy of Arts, London
An evening of readings and music from Ruskin, featuring actors Michael Palin and Dan Draper, and songs realised by Sarah Rodgers, including a performance of her setting of “The King of the Golden River” by Richard Edgar-Wilson and the Coull Quartet.
Tickets go on sale from the Royal Academy on 27th November 2018
Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour/ Château de Pau
February 2019 will mark the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth and the eminent Victorian’s name and ideas still regularly crop up in a variety of contexts and media on both sides of the Channel and the Atlantic. For the members of the French Victorian and Edwardian Society (SFEVE), the anniversary is a timely opportunity to reappraise the ways in which Ruskin’s ideas have been interpreted, translated, transplanted on foreign soil – France but also Italy – and accommodated in the numerous fields that were impacted by his writings.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
– Pr Emily Eells, Université Paris Nanterre
– Mr Jérôme Bastianelli, Directeur Général Délégué, Musée du Quai Branly
– Pr George P. Landow, Brown University, USA
Conference Website: https://ruskinsfeve2019.sciencesconf.org/
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Lecture by Professor Dinah Birch CBE
St George's Bloomsbury
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Gallery, Tokyo
York Art Gallery, York, UK
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum
Tea and cakes 3.30, Lecture 4.15
Speaker: Prof Robert Hewison
Organised by the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum
Brantwood, Blue Gallery
A display of pots from the Mingei (folk crafts) tradition and its Ruskin connections featuring work by Ogata Kenzan, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leech, Tomoo Hamada, Edward Hughes and Miles Martin Moore.
Blue Gallery, Brantwood
Tomoo Hamada, potter and grandson will open the show with a talk about his grandfather, renowned potter Shoji Hamada. This will take place in the Severn Studio, Brantwood
Also on 15th May 2019 there will be a JapaneseTea Ceremony & Presentation. Celebrating the friendship of Japan and Great Britain through the inspirational legacy of John Ruskin, the Urasenke Foundation will present and demonstrate the ancient Japanese art of tea. This will take place at the Brantwood Coach House
Cumbria Youth Dance Company
Cumbria YDC, in collaboration with Wired Aerial Theatre, will create a suite of unique site-specific, bungee-assisted and aerial performance works referencing Ruskin’s love of mountains. Dancers will work on the Cumbrian fells and in the studio to explore the transition between vertical & horizontal, producing 3 unique pieces of choreography for sharing in the grounds at Brantwood. The works will also feature at Lakes Alive festival in September 2019, on stage at The Lowry as part of U.Dance NW 2019 and on screen at Kendal Mountain Festival as part of their Special Film Screenings in November 2019.
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT
Afternoon event, timings to follow.
Prof. Stephen Wildman “‘Milestones on the road to one’s country’: Ruskin’s four score birthdays”
The 2018 Ruskin Society Book Prize will be presented, and the Society’s AGM held.
Kurume City Art Museum, Japan
Abbot Hall, Kendal, UK
The Ruskin Library, Lancaster and Brantwood, Coniston
A two-site conference
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
Abeno Hanikas Art Musem, Osaka, Japan
Christ Church, Oxford
Speakers from a range of disciplines will place Ruskin in his broader historical and intellectual context and address the important but neglected question of the relevance of his thought for today’s seekers after truth within and beyond the academy.
Enquiries to Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt – Joanna.
National Gallery, London
National Gallery, London
10am – 5pm
Art for the Nation: John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change’ is a two-day conference scheduled for 20-21 September 2019, hosted at the National Gallery, and organised by Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery) in partnership with Janet Barnes, a former Director of the Guild of St. George. The conference forms part of a collaboration with the Ruskin Foundation, whose annual lecture will be given by Prof Robert Hewison (Chair, Ruskin To-day), at the National Gallery on the Friday evening of the conference.
The conference will look specifically at Ruskin’s interactions with, influence on and legacy for the museum world and art education. The conference will look at the extent Ruskin was working alongside or outside the British art establishments well as the contribution
Ruskin made to the emerging discipline of art history, including canon formation, formal criticism and other genres such as exhibition guides. A further, crucial set of issues will address Ruskin’s ongoing legacy, including the reception of his writing about artists and curating, and art in relation to social, environmental and economic questions. We will ask what can his ideas teach future generations of museum goers, artists, curators and funding bodies?
The two day conference is directed towards academics (established and emerging), art professionals and the general public, especially those interested in Ruskin, Italian Renaissance art, British 19th-century art, art education, and the history of museums. The conference will be structured around the themes: Art Education and Museums, British Art and Photography, Language and Writings and Ruskin Today.
All enquiries to Susanna Avery-Quash, National Gallery: Susanna.Avery-Quash@ng-london.org.uk
The Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY
Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Jim Spates (Professor Emeritus, Hobart and William Smith Colleges) and Dr. Gabriel Meyer (Executive Director, Ruskin Art Club), Coordinators
Speakers include Clive Wilmer (Master of The Guild of St. George), Dr. Sara Atwood (The Guild of St. George and Portland Community College), Gabriel Meyer (President, Ruskin Art Club), Jim Spates (Professor Emeritus, Hobart and William Smith Colleges)