Upcoming events and exhibits: 2018


01 Jan – 31 May
Exhibition: 'Radical Victorianism: Progressive Achievements in the Age of Ruskin', in Celebration of the R. Dyke Benjamin-Ruskin Gift to Harvard University
Houghton Rare Book Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
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.


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/



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
23 Feb – 26 May
Exhibition: Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism: Turner, Ruskin, Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Gallery, Tokyo
29 Mar – 23 Jun
Exhibition: Turner, Ruskin and the Storm Cloud of the Modern World
York Art Gallery, York, UK
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
24 Jun – 26 Jun
Conference: Ruskin and Scotland conference
Edinburgh, Scotland
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
17 Sep – 18 Sep
Conference: Ruskin and Victorian Oxford: The place of the academy in the quest for truth
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.collicutt@hmc.ox.ac.uk

20 Sep
Lecture: Robert Hewison 'Ruskin Today', the 6th Ruskin Foundation Annual Lecture
National Gallery, London

7 pm

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)