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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Ruskin in Sheffield will co-produce 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 on this website and in print from 1st March.


Highlights include:


Displays in the Ruskin Collection from Ruskin in Sheffield 


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


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.


Seeing Beauty, Inspiring Minds

Walkley Carnegie Library and around Walkley

4th MAY to 7th JULY

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 them.


A Future Fantastic

LATE event at the Millennium Gallery

FRIDAY 31st MAY 7.30pm - 10.30pm

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. Age 18 years + only.


Encounters with Ruskin

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


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.


A Future Fantastic

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

4th to 20th 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.


Making Masterpieces in Sheffield & Venice

An international Big Draw festival event

FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER (times tbc)

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 masterpieces.  A collaboration with the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice; Yorkshire Artspace, Big Draw and the University of Sheffield.