2019

18 Oct
Ruskin Seminars: ‘Close Looking - Nature’s Microcosm as seen through Ruskin’s Lens’
The Ruskin, Lancaster

The 2019/20 Ruskin Seminars will explore the relevance of Ruskin’s thinking to topics ranging from ecological crisis to evolutionary theory.

The series opens on Friday 18 October with artist and researcher Franziska Schenk, who casts a close eye on Ruskin’s nature-centric artwork to extend the Victorian’s vision into the contemporary nano-realm in ‘Close Looking – Nature’s Microcosm as seen through Ruskin’s Lens’.

Seminars begin at 4.15pm and are free to attend (online booking required).

21 Oct
Dinner talk: Athenaeum Club
Athenaeum Club, London

Professor Dinah Birch and Professor Francis O’Gorman will deliver a dinner talk on ‘Remembering John Ruskin: A Great Athenian’ at the Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London. Items from the Club’s Library by and about John Ruskin will be exhibited in the Drawing Room and the Smoking Room display cases.

Members and their guests only

23 Oct
Ruskin Live: Jane Beck
The Ruskin, Lancaster

On Wednesday 23 October, join us for Ruskin Live: Jane Beck, who will introduce the textiles she has loaned to The Ruskin from her private collection. This event celebrates the first in a series of exhibitions connecting Ruskin’s ideas to other artists, designers and makers, in his time and our own.

In partnership with Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts.

The evening will begin at 6.00pm and is free to attend (online booking required).

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

6.00-7.15pm

Speaker: Howard Hull, Director of the Ruskin Foundation and Brantwood Trust
For more details and free tickets, visit jhwhitley.eventbrite.co.uk
31 Oct
Ruskin Live: Sophie Thérèse Ambler with Nicholas Vincent
The Ruskin, Lancaster

We celebate the launch of a new publication on Thursday 31 October at Ruskin Live: Sophie Thérèse Ambler with Nicholas Vincent. ‘The Song of Simon de Montfort: England’s First Revolutionary and the Death of Chivalry’ is written by Sophie Thérèse Ambler, Lecturer in Later Medieval History at Lancaster and Deputy Director of the CWD. The book will be introduced by Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia and a Fellow of the British Academy.

In partnership with the Lancaster University Centre for War and Diplomacy.

The evening will begin at 5.30pm and is free to attend (online booking required).

31 Oct
Ruskin Seminar: ‘Divine and Defiled Waters - Ruskin, the Wandel, and Victorian Ecocrisis’
The Ruskin, Lancaster

Mark Frost, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, joins us to present the second Ruskin Seminar of 2019/20, on his research into waterways and ecocrisis in Victorian Britain, titled ‘Divine and Defiled Waters – Ruskin, the Wandel, and Victorian Ecocrisis’.

Please note, Mark’s seminar will take place in Bowland North, SR06.

Seminars begin at 4.15pm and are free to attend (online booking required).

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.

07 Nov
Ruskin Reading Group
The Ruskin, Lancaster

Reading Group

To join the conversation, come along to our Reading Group. We’ll be looking closely at Ruskin’s own research methods, as well as considering the ways Ruskin responded to the environmental concerns of his own time. Each meeting will focus on a different selection from Ruskin’s collected works, which will be chosen and introduced by a member of the group.

The Ruskin Seminar Reading Group will take place at The Ruskin, on 7 and 28 November 2019, and 30 January and 27 February 2020, 16:15 – 18:00. To receive Reading Group updates please email the-ruskin@lancaster.ac.uk and we will add you to the mailing list.

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: Ruskin 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

More details https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/pdoX9zgN/lunchtime-lecture-ruskin-gothic

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.

More details https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/O7BadzY5/lunchtime-lecture-ruskin-and-the-idea-of-museum

27 Nov
Lecture: “Infinite Variety”: John 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

More details https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/P7q65PJO/lunchtime-lecture-ruskin-and-the-capitals

03 Dec
Concert: Ruskin and Music
Royal Overseas League, London

In his bicentenary year, the Sage of Coniston is being remembered for his roles as: social reformer, art critic, gifted artist and champion of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites, but his interest in music is little known.

In this special event, we shine a light on this, quoting from Ruskin’s own writings and his contemporaries, and illustrating this with music, in the spirit of Michael Berkeley’s popular Radio 3 programme Private Passions.

The programme includes: a newly commissioned work by William Marshall setting Ruskin’s poetry to music, music by Ruskin, Bellini, Berkeley, Mozart, Oakeley, Ravenscroft, Beethoven, Corelli and Mendelssohn.

Michael Berkeley, presenter
Jennifer Witton, soprano
Kieran Rayner, baritone
Emily Sun, violin
Ashley Fripp, piano

General Admission £20
ROSL Members and Friends of ROSL ARTS £16
Students £5

https://www.rosl.org.uk/events/rosl-events/event/1033-ruskin-and-music

04 Dec
Lecture: Masterpieces or Misdemeanours? John Ruskin’s much-loved 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.

More details https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/ObXZoe27/lunchtime-lecture-ruskin-s-favourite-and-most-loathed-works-of-art

 

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.

https://blog.bham.ac.uk/19cc/2019/03/11/views-on-ruskin/ 

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

Marcus Bicknell and Margaret Brett

05 Dec
Special Event: Print Room Open Doors, Ruskin200
Western Art Print Room, The Ashmolean, Oxford

2-2.30pm, 2.45-3.15pm, or 3.30pm- 4pm

Meet in Gallery 21

Come to the Western Art Print Room to explore the work of Victorian polymath, John Ruskin (1819-1900) as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Free, booking essential: www.ashmolean.org/event/print-room-open-doors-ruskin-200

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)