24 Jul
Ruskin in Manchester: Family Crafts, Cloud Observation
Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove Manchester, England, M13 9LW

£1 per child. Usual admission for adults (£4/£5)

All welcome, family-friendly workshop

Inspired by Ruskin’s writing and painting featuring clouds, families will enjoy some cloud spotting, and write poems based on what they’ve observed. There will also be the chance to paint some clouds using cotton wool.

24 Jul
Workshop: Inspired by Ruskin with Amanda Beck
The Ashmolean, Oxford


Learning Studio

This workshop celebrates the 200th Anniversary of John Ruslin through drawing. First Vview original works in the Print Room, followed by a practical workshop exploring the techniques andn materials used by Ruskin.


Booking www.ashmolean.org/tickets 01865 278112 or in person at the ashmolean shop.

27 Jul – 26 Aug
Exhibition: Landscape - a Visionary Approach by Patricia Haskey and Mike Shepherd
Brantwood, Severn Studio, Coniston

Patricia and Mike have worked together for over twelve years and share a love of the Lake District and a visionary approach to interpreting the landscape with their different mediums.

To quote Ruskin  “Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth”

Exhibiting paintings and photographs together is not really known in England, but it has long been a tradition in other countries, particularly America where, in the 291 Gallery in New York (early 20th century), as the Arabian Nights). Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!” Inside the cave he finds and steals untold amounts of gold and jewels. But what will he do when the Robber King comes looking for revenge? The show is notable for the most riotously funny scene Illyria has created in its 28 year history, where one character polishes off all the thieves – yes, all 40, and you get to count each one!

31 Jul
Ruskin in Manchester: Family Crafts, Weaving
Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW


Family Friendly | £1 per child. Usual admission for adults (£4/£5)

Children and their adults can try this traditional craft, using wool, ribbon and thread to create rustic artworks using twigs and cardboard looms.

04 Aug
Event: Ruskin and Music
St Thomas's Church, Kendal


A special event of the Lake District Summer Music Festival


07 Aug
Ruskin in Manchester: Family Crafts, Drawing Nature
Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW


Family Friendly event | £1 per child. Usual admission for adults (£4/£5)

Inspired by Ruskin’s focus on close observation of nature, this workshop will involve looking closely at sea shells, feathers and leaves (the latter from the garden at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House) using magnifying glasses, and drawing on sketch paper in pencils and pen.

08 Aug – 11 Nov
Exhibition: Treasure from Dust: Ruskin’s Geology
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
08 Aug – 30 Sep
Exhibition: John Ruskin’s Orpington Connections: George Allen, Sir John Lubbock and Charles Darwin
Bromley Central Library

To celebrate John Ruskin’s bicentennial year, this exhibition looks at John Ruskin’s connections with the local area, based on his associations with three residents: George Allen, Sir John Lubbock and Charles Darwin. The central hub of these was Sunnyside, Tubbenden Lane, Orpington, the home and business address of George Allen.

08 Aug – 08 Aug
Exhibition: ‘Conversation with Ruskin’ by Hideyuki Sobue
Brantwood Blue Gallery, Coniston, UK

Sobue will create a portrait installation of Ruskin calling forth his love of nature, his spirituality and the conflicting sensitivities of this visionary man.

09 Aug
Ruskin in Manchester: Sketching Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW


Tickets: £55 | Book here | Limited to 15 spaces

Drawing on the inspiration of Ruskin our much-loved workshop, led by urban sketcher Liz Ackerley, will teach you how to capture special places using pen, pencil, watercolour and other simple materials in a sketchbook. From drawing special items like lamps and furniture, to details, features and views, this day workshop will give you the skills and tools to get started, in the delightful historic setting of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. As well as creating line drawings, textures, and adding creative colour, you will also have fun recording your visit in a sketchbook, and will take away useful tips and tricks for future sketching.

During this mid-summer workshop, you’ll have the chance (weather permitting!) to get out into the glorious garden for inspiration too.

10 Aug
Lecture: 'Black wind and white fire: Ruskin in Sicily 1874'
Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Speaker: Prof Stephen Wildman

10 Aug
Talk: 'Black wind and white fire': Ruskin in Sicily, 1874
The Ashmolean, Oxford


Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Stephen Wildman Emeritus Professor of History of Art, Lancaster University

Ruskin’s visit to Sicily in the spring of 1874 was the furthest he ever travelled.  This talk will consider both his interest in its sights as well as a little-known personal attachment to Amy, daughter of Henry Yule, who had retired to Palermo in 1864.


Booking www.ashmolean.org/tickets or 01865 278112 or in person at the Ashmolean shop.

31 Aug – 27 Oct
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Abeno Hanikas Art Musem, Osaka, Japan
02 Sep
Exhibition: Happenstance: Invisible In The Current by Russell Mills
Brantwood, Severn Studio, Coniston

Informed and inspired by ideas of chaos and order, control and surrender, Russell Mills will exhibit new mixed media works and an ‘aleatoric’ soundwork, made specifically for Brantwood. Mills creates works that mirror and explore many of Ruskin’s ideas about nature: as matter, as force, as school, as metaphor for transformation, and as being profoundly political and economic.

Russell studied at Canterbury, Maidstone and the Royal College of Art. His work encompasses painting, installation, sound, film, and design for contemporary dance and music. He has worked with Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, David Sylvian and Peter Gabriel amongst many others.

05 Sep – 08 Dec
Exhibition: "Unto This Last” : 200 years of John Ruskin
Yale Centre for British Art, Lecture Hall, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven
06 Sep
Workshop: Flowers at Brantwood: Watercolour Workshop with Sally Bamber
Brantwood, Severn Studio, Coniston

A one day hands-on workshop to explore some techniques that Sally uses when painting flowers with watercolour. Time in the gardens with the flowers, with huge views across Coniston Water in a peaceful and calming setting. Painting in the airy loft house studio with large vases of cut flowers. If it’s raining please bring a hooded rain coat and walking boots or wellies.  10.00am – 5.00pm.  £70 per person

12 Sep
Talk: Hideyuki Sobue
Brantwood, Coniston

7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm).  Tickets £7 (includes glass of wine on arrival).  Pre-talk supper can be booked in advance by email theterrace@brantwood.org.uk.

Through his Talk, Hideyuki will explore the relevance of John Ruskin’s legacy to our contemporary context, and consider his exhibition in the light of that.

19 Sep – 22 Sep
Arts & Crafts Festival 2019
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square

Tickets and Information can be found: www.holytrinityartsandcrafts.org

20 Sep
Lecture: Robert Hewison 'Ruskin Today', the 6th Ruskin Foundation Annual Lecture, in association with Sovereign Films
National Gallery, London

7 pm

A keynote address as part of the Art for the Nation, John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change conference


20 Sep – 21 Sep
Conference: Art for the Nation, John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change
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

21 Sep – 22 Sep
Conference: Visual Theology II: Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites: Sacre Conversazioni
St. Michael and All Angels Chapel, Marlborough College

This conference aims to celebrate the life and work of John Ruskin during his bicentenary. This two-day event will create a space for theologically engaged conversations about Ruskin, religion and the arts. We seek to focus on Ruskin’s religious and aesthetic writings informed by his relationship with Christianity, as well as examine his influence on those within the Victorian art world, specifically the Pre-Raphaelites.


Artists of interest may include: Stanhope, Rossetti, Millais, Burne-Jones, Beardsley


27 Sep – 28 Sep
The Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY
06 Oct
Ruskin in Manchester: Creative Writing Workshop, the Poetry of Observation
Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW

£25 Booking Essential | Book Here | Adults only

Join us for an afternoon poetry workshop inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Taking inspiration from John Ruskin’s ideas about observation, and in honour of our Ruskin exhibition, you will use the exquisite features of the House and garden to write original pieces of poetry based on focused contemplation. Led by poet Rachel Sills, the 3-hour workshop will include the opportunity to explore the House, and to share your work (if you like) for feedback. Afternoon workshop, 12 – 3pm

07 Oct – 09 Oct
Conference: 'A Great Community: John Ruskin's Europe'
Ca’ Foscari University, Venice

More details https://sites.google.com/a/unive.it/ruskin2019venezia/ 

11 Oct – 14 Oct
Retreat: Creative writing retreat with Geraldine Green and Pippa Little
The Lake District

Come and join Pippa Little and Geraldine Green on a 4-day residential poetry course at Brantwood, Coniston Cumbria, former home of John Ruskin. Brantwood is beautiful at any time of year and autumn in the Lakes is especially magical. Using a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing will be produced in a safe and friendly environment. There will be an opportunity for group feedback at the end of each session and one-to-one tutorials with Geraldine and Pippa. There’ll also be time to enjoy your own quiet writing time, if you choose.  Pippa and Geraldine will give a reading on Friday evening and you’re all welcome to read a poem or two on Saturday evening when the group give a reading to the tutors.  Residential and non-residential options are available.  Friday 2.00pm – Monday 2.00pm.  £285 per person

24 Oct
Lecture: Riding the Storm: the political legacy of John Ruskin
Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield


Speaker: Howard Hull, Director of the Ruskin Foundation and Brantwood Trust
For more details and free tickets, visit jhwhitley.eventbrite.co.uk
07 Nov
Special Event: Open Mic Night
Brantwood, Coniston

Join poet Geraldine Green and other Cumbrian creative talent at the annual winter open mic night at the Terrace at Brantwood. Supper at 7pm followed by readings. Open mic slots available. Tickets £14. Pre booking essential.

09 Nov
Special Event: Winter Crafts Fair
Brantwood, Coniston

10.30am until 5pm (4.00pm on Sunday)

A wide range of quality crafts from around the North West, on display throughout Brantwood house. Crafts include: Ceramics, jewellery, fused & stained glass, felt bags, swill baskets, wood turning, photographs,  silk pictures, cakes and preserves, original artworks, prints and cards.

£2.50 admission for craft fair & house, inclusive. No charge for child admissions.

13 Nov
Lecture: Ruskinian Gothic and the bookcases made for John Jones
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

1.00 – 1.45pm

Speaker: Max Donnelly, Curator, Furniture, Textiles & Fashion

The first in a series of four lunchtime lectures at the V&A. Admission free

20 Nov
Lecture: Ruskin and the Idea of the Museum
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

1.00 – 1.45pm

Speaker: Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The second in a series of four lunchtime lectures at the V&A. Admission free.

27 Nov
Lecture: “Infinite Variety”: Ruskin and the Capitals of the Ducal Palace, Venice
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

1.00 – 1.45pm

Speaker: Sarah Quill

The third in a series of four lunchtime lectures at the V&A. Admission free

04 Dec
Lecture: Ruskin’s favourite and most loathed works of art
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum

1.00 – 1.45pm

Speaker: Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word & Image Department

The last in a series of four lunchtime lectures at the V&A. Admission free.


04 Dec
Panel Discussion: 'Views on Ruskin'
Arts Building 103, University of Birmingham

5 – 7pm

Join University of Birmingham 19C Centre staff to celebrate the centenary year of John Ruskin’s birth. A panel of short papers offer fresh views on Ruskin, followed by discussion.


04 Dec
Talk: “Patrons of Turner, Friends of Ruskin: Bicknell and Windus”
St Cuthberts's, Earls Court

Marcus Bicknell and Margaret Brett

12 Dec – 14 Dec
Exhibition and Conference: 'John Ruskin: Nineteenth Century Visionary, Twenty-First Century Inspiration'
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)