"...the energy of...good craftsmanship and work of the fingers joined with good emotion and work of the heart..."
John Ruskin, The Two Paths
The Ruskin in Sheffield 2016 programme of events and activities was called Make Good Livelihoods.
It was a celebration of Sheffield-based craftspeople, their skills, and how craftsmanship makes a satisfying living for makers and their communities.
We wanted to celebrate all that Ruskin admired about the 'hand-power' and 'heart-passion' of craftsmanship and how it helps make better lives, during Sheffield's Year of Making 2016.
Over 4,000 audiences and participants saw makers at work in their workspaces, their neighbourhoods, and the city centre, and had a go at making something themselves. We created events in Ecclesall Woods, Walkley, Meersbrook, and around the city centre, on The Moor, at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Portland Works and Access Space.
A temporary display about Ruskin and Meersbrook is currently on show in the Ruskin Collection, created specially as part of Ruskin in Sheffield.
The inspiration for Ruskin in Sheffield: Make Good Livelihoods came from the artworks and ideas in the exhibition In the Making: Ruskin, Creativity and Craftsmanship, supported by the Guild of St George, displayed at Millennium Gallery in 2016.