2019 marks the bicentenary of Ruskin's birth.


The Guild of St George, and many other cultural organisations worldwide, will be celebrating the ideas and legacies of John Ruskin for today, as part of #Ruskin200.  See a list of bicentenary events at www.ruskin200.com.


To start the year, Sheffield's Ruskin Collection gets its first major showing in London, in the stunning Gothic venue, Two Temple Place, from 26th January to 22nd April 2019.  The exhibition, John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing, explores how Ruskin's influence, throughout the arts, education, the economy and the environment, is still being felt today.


From 29th May to 15th September, a new exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, John Ruskin: Art and Wonder, will develop the themes of the London exhibition to show how Ruskin championed the joy that nature can bring into our lives and the sense of awe it can evoke withinin us.


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Highlights include:


John Ruskin: Art & Wonder  

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP

Open Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm.  Sun 11am - 4pm.

29 May - 15 September

Free entry

A new exhibition curated by Museums Sheffield exploring how Ruskin’s influence throughout the arts, education, the economy and the environment, is still being felt today.  The exhibition is rooted in Ruskin’s fascination with the marvels of the natural world, his championing of the joy that nature can bring to our lives and the sense of awe it can evoke within us. Discover a breath-taking selection of botanical and ornithological studies alongside an array of jewel-like geological specimens drawn from the Guild of St George's remarkable collection.


Exhibition supported by the Guild of St George, J.G. Graves Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, the Sheffield Town Trust and the James Neill Trust Fund.


Displays in the Ruskin Collection from Ruskin in Sheffield 

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP

Open Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm.  Sun 11am - 4pm.

Free entry

Until 1 September  

Displays of metal artworks created by Park Centre community garden group.

From 14 September  

Displays about the heritage of the Ruskin Collection at Walkley and Meersbrook, and how Ruskin's ideas are helping to shape the future of these neighbourhoods today.  With lunchtime talks and free creative activity sessions in the gallery.


Seeing Beauty, Inspiring Minds

Walkley Carnegie Library and along South Road, Walkley, S6

4 May - 7 July  outdoors, visit any time


Sculptures, street murals and comic-books by 13-18 year olds, inspired by ideas behind the Ruskin Collection, will be on display along South Road in Walkley.  Thirty Sheffield teenagers have worked with professional artists to create artworks which express what matters to  in this Arts Council England-supported project.


The People's Palace of Possibility

LATE event at the Millennium Gallery

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP

Friday 31 May 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Recommended donation £4, just turn up.  Over 18s only.

Get stuck in to help create a People's Palace of Possibility inspired by Ruskin's and others' utopian dreams. Making, drawing, music, film and performance with Bare Project and Opus Independents.  Bar open.


Encounters with Ruskin

A season of talks, events and activities at Sheffield Central Library

Central Library, Surrey St, Sheffield, S1 1XZ

Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Weds 1pm - 8pm.  Sat 10am - 4pm.  Sunday closed.

April - June

Events are all free but must be booked in advance via www.sheffieldlibraries.eventbrite.co.uk unless otherwise stated.

Over twenty free events for adults and children, including two of Ruskin's most enduring and dramatic lectures performed live.  There will be talks about traces of Ruskin's legacy in the Rivelin Valley, in the design of the Peace Gardens, and a utopian land project in Totley.  There are events for adults and children inspired by Ruskin's only fairy-tale book for children, The King of the Golden River (in a new soon-to-be-published version illustrated by Quentin Blake).  Look out for displays about  Ruskin, Sheffield and the Guild of St George in the main foyer of the Central Library too.


John Ruskin’s Legacy - Nature : Craft : Ecology  

Butcher Works Gallery, Freeman College, Ruskin Mill Trust, 72 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NS  

Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 3pm

3 - 29 June  


An exhibition exploring John Ruskin’s influence on Ruskin Mill Trust’s innovative education methods and the value of art, craft & land to people’s well-being and social community.  On the last day of the exhibition, Saturday 29th June, there is a free public event, Crafting the Land, at Freeman Bio-Dynamic Garden, High Riggs, Riggs High Road, Stannington, S6 5DA, from 11am - 4pm.



A Future Fantastic

Festival of protest, performance and utopia-building at Theatre Deli

Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre St, S1 4QZ

4 - 20 July

An exciting mix of contemporary performance, installation, workshops and talks to imagine how we might create Ruskin's ideal of 'the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings.' A collaboration with Bare Project and Theatre Deli.  Festival details to be announced in the Spring.


Making Masterpieces in Sheffield & Venice

An international Big Draw festival event

Exchange Place Studios and Exchange St, Sheffield, S2 5SZ

Friday 18 October 10am - 9pm

Creative activities 10am - 9pm

Outdoor projections 6pm - 9pm

Free, just turn up

All welcome to join professional artists in Exchange Place Studios and along Exchange Street in Castlegate to create a 'masterpiece in a day', while people in Venice make and draw with artists at the same time.  Film of the day's activities in Sheffield and Venice will be projected onto the back of Exchange Place Studios for everyone to see, alongside images from the Ruskin Collection, and paintings by Tintoretto, Venice's legendary 16th Century painter of massive, muscular masterpieces.  A collaboration with the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice; Yorkshire Artspace, The Big Draw and the University of Sheffield.


Ruskin at Off The Shelf Festival of Words

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

Saturday 26 October

Times and tickets tbc

A day of talks from the authors of new books about Ruskin, the Ruskin Collection, and his active legacy today. The authors are all Companions of Ruskin’s Guild of St George, an international network of people who study and practically apply Ruskin’s ideas today.  The authors and their books are:

Genevieve Pilley: 50 years’ devotion to Ruskin at the Meersbrook Museum 

a booklet by Helen Parker

Ruskin in Sheffield by Janet Barnes

Ruskinland by Andrew Hill

Ruskin and His Contemporaries by Robert Hewison



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Ruskin in Sheffield is co-producing an exciting programme of events to celebrate the legacy of Ruskin's ideas and the Collection for Sheffield today.  Full programme and booking details will be available here and in print from 1st March.

The Resegone Ruskin Museum Makeover watercolour Woodland Warriors by Joel Marrett The People's Palace of Possibility Paul O'Keeffe as Ruskin A Future Fantastic, credit Adoria Z Ruskinland - low res The Miracle of Manna Trowels 1

The Resegone of Lecco, Italy, 6.30 pm, by Frank Randal.

Ruskin Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield

Ruskin Museum Makeover projection event, 2018, by Adoria Z

From Woodland Warriors

Comic-strip by Joel Marrett

Photo: Steve Pool

Ruskin Live.  Paul O'Keeffe as John Ruskin.  

Image by Adoria Z

The Miracle of Manna by Jacopo Tintoretto

Courtesy Scuola Grande di San Rocco