23 Jan
Cultural Tour: Ruskin's Lake District
The Lake District

For details see www.inscapetours.co.uk

26 Jan – 22 Apr
Exhibition: 'John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing' organised by the Guild of St George, Two Temple Place and Museums Sheffield
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/

31 Jan
Exhibition: ‘Student work inspired by the life and work of 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.


03 Feb
Commemorative Celebration, Venice: Service at St George’s Anglican Church, followed by ceremony at Ruskin’s memorial plaque, La Calcina Hotel
St George’s Anglican Church, Campo San Vio, Venice

10.30 St George’s Anglican Church, Campo San Vio

12.45 Pensione Calcina, Fondamenta ai Gesuati

Clive Wilmer, Master of the Guild of St George, will speak, together with Franco Posocco, Grand Guardian of the Scuola di San Rocco, and representatives of the City of Venice



04 Feb
Lecture: Ruskin at 200
Museum of London/ watch online


Professor Malcolm Andrews

Ruskin’s Bicentenary on 8 February 2019 will be marked by an assessment of his achievement as an art critic. Focusing on four or five particular paintings, the lecture will explore Ruskin’s distinctive genius in evocative word- painting as he celebrates and critiques Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites.
Like all Gresham lectures this one is free on a first come first served basis.
06 Feb – 07 Apr
Exhibition: Ruskin’s Good Looking! Absence and presence in John Ruskin’s clothing
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
07 Feb
Lecture: “John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye”
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.

08 Feb
“All Great Art is Praise”: a celebration of John Ruskin’s 200th Birthday
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

More information and tickets here

08 Feb
Call for Entries Opens: The John Ruskin Prize 2019
The Ruskin Prize

Call for entries opens for The John Ruskin Prize 2019 for artists, makers and designers resident in the UK. Visit www.ruskinprize.co.uk for more on the prize and sign up for the newsletter here to receive the 2019 call for artists.

08 Feb – 09 Feb
Conference: SFEVE Annual Conference; Mediating Ruskin: “Through a Kaleidoscope, Brightly”
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/



08 Feb – 08 Feb
Celebration: Ruskin in Sheffield marks John Ruskin’s 200th Birthday
The Ruskin Collection, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield

6pm – 8pm

RSVP Ruth Nutter ruskininsheffield@gmail

08 Feb
Conference: “Ruskin, Science and the Environment”
Oxford University Museum, Oxford

9.30am – 6pm.

Speakers will include Kate Flint (Southern California), Mark Frost (Portsmouth), Peter Garratt (Durham), Sandra Kemp (Director of the Ruskin Research Centre, Lancaster), Francis O’Gorman (Edinburgh), John Parham (Worcester) and Marcus Waithe (Cambridge). There will also be a brief introduction to Ruskin Land from John Iles and a tour of the museum by John Holmes (Birmingham). At 6 in the evening, the conference will be followed by a public lecture by Fiona Stafford (Oxford) on ‘Ruskin’s Trees’.

Registration for the symposium costs £20 (full-price) or £10 for students and other unwaged delegates. To register, please visit www.bit.ly/mnhtickets.

The public lecture is free of charge. To register, please visit www.bit.ly/mnhevents.

08 Feb
Lecture: 'Ruskin's Trees'
Oxford University Museum of Natural History


Professor Fiona Stafford explores Ruskin’s life-long love of trees. To celebrate John Ruskin’s 200th birthday, hear about his lifelong love of trees, from the idyllic garden at his family home in Herne Hill to his Lake District estate at Brantwood. Ruskin looked at trees with an eye trained by painting, a mind coloured by literature, a heart lifted by a sense of the divine manifest in the natural world. Above all, he looked at trees as trees and urged his audiences to see the world afresh.

The public lecture is free of charge. To register, please visit www.bit.ly/mnhevents.

‘Ruskin’s Trees’ is co-organised by the Diseases of Modern Life project, the European Research Council, the Constructing Scientific Communities project, the AHRC, the Nineteenth-Century Centre at the University of Birmingham, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

For further information, please contact Dr Catherine Charlwood: catherine.charlwood@ell.ox.ac.uk

09 Feb
Lecture: 'John Ruskin: Art and Politics'
Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Dr Nicholas Shrimpton

Booking through the Ashmolean website

13 Feb
Lecture: Bateson Lecture 2019
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Lecture by Professor Dinah Birch CBE

15 Feb
Choral Evensong: Ruskin Bicentenary commemorative event
St George's Bloomsbury

This event has been postponed to a later date.

15 Feb
Birthday Concert: The Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles
The Music Room of the Hancock Museum, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


A student string quartet and noted tenor Drake Dantzler performing Mendelssohn and the Los Angeles premiere of The King of the Golden River, a work for string quartet and tenor by British composer Sarah Rodgers, based on Ruskin’s fairy tale


20 Feb
Lecture: 'Stirring the Dusts of Eternity, Ruskin, Turner and the Elements of Paradise'
The Royal Asiatic Society

7 – 8.30pm

Howard Hull

In the chair Sir Nick Pearson

£8 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions
Full-time students with student ID card go free


23 Feb – 26 May
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Gallery, Tokyo
16 Mar
Interactive day: “Next Steps with Ruskin”
Bewdley, Worcestershire

The Guild of St George’s “Ruskin Wyre” project concludes with a free interactive day facilitated by the Guild of St George exploring Ruskin’s historical influence and his relevance to today.

For places and information, contact communications@guildofstgeorge.org.uk

16 Mar
Private view and exhibition opening: “Beautiful, peaceful, fruitful: Ruskin in Wyre”
Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley

Evening: for places and information, contact communications@guildofstgeorge.org.uk

Bewdley.museum@ wyreforestdc.gov.uk

18 Mar
Lecture: 20th Annual Ruskin Lecture: Robert Hewison “John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye”
Doheny Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Lecture: The Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles

20 Mar
Symposium: Ruskin Matters
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester



29 Mar – 23 Jun
Exhibition: Turner, Ruskin and the Storm Cloud of the Modern World
York Art Gallery, York, UK
06 Apr
Lecture: ‘The Sun’s Drawing: John Ruskin’s Daguerreotype Photographs of Venice’
Headley Lecture Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Speaker: Sarah Quill

11 Apr – 04 Aug
Exhibition: Incandescence: Turner's Venice
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
26 Apr
Lecture: “The Teaching of Art is the Teaching of all Things: John Ruskin and his School of Drawing”
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

15 May – 05 Aug
Exhibition: 'Tea, Mingei & Fors: celebrating the legacy of John Ruskin in Japan'
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


26 May – 27 May
Dance Performance: 'Topos (Yan Tan Tethera)'
Brantwood, Coniston

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.

29 May – 15 Sep
Exhibition: ‘John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing’ organised by the Guild of St George, Two Temple Place and Museums Sheffield
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK
01 Jun
Lecture, Prize Presentation, and AGM of the Ruskin Society
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.

07 Jun – 18 Aug
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Kurume City Art Museum, Japan
11 Jul – 05 Oct
Exhibition: Turner, Ruskin and the Storm Cloud of the Modern World
Abbot Hall, Kendal, UK
27 Jul – 29 Jul
Conference: The Ruskin Research Centre for Culture, Landscape and the Environment, Lancaster University
The Ruskin Library, Lancaster and Brantwood, Coniston

A two-site conference

08 Aug – 11 Nov
Exhibition: Treasure from Dust: Ruskin’s Geology
Brantwood, Coniston, UK
31 Aug – 27 Oct
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Abeno Hanikas Art Musem, Osaka, Japan
05 Sep – 08 Dec
Exhibition: John Ruskin at 200
Yale Centre for British Art, Lecture Hall, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven
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

27 Sep – 28 Sep
The Roycroft Campus, East Aurora, NY
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/ 

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)