Ruskin's Manchester: From 'Devil's Dark' to Beacon City
May
20
to Aug 9

Ruskin's Manchester: From 'Devil's Dark' to Beacon City

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Celebrating the bicentenary of Victorian writer artist and social thinker John Ruskin’s birth (1819-1900), this exhibition is inspired by ‘The Unity of Art’ lecture he gave at the Manchester School of Art (1859). It considers the importance of art education, introduces Ruskin and his role in popular culture, and traces the influence of Ruskinian Gothic on Manchester’s architecture and culture.

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“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal.
Jul
17
to Jun 1

“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal.

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“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

From July 2019 Elizabeth Gaskell’s House will be exploring the friendship between the Gaskell family and John Ruskin in a new year-long exhibition as part of The Ruskin Bicentenary.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm

Included in House admission (£5 /£4), all welcome

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Family Crafts: Drawing Nature
Aug
7
1:00 PM13:00

Family Crafts: Drawing Nature

Inspired by Ruskin’s focus on close observation of nature, this workshop will involve looking closely at sea shells, feathers and leaves (the latter from the garden at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House) using magnifying glasses, and drawing on sketch paper in pencils and pen.

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Creative Writing Workshop: The Poetry of Observation
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Creative Writing Workshop: The Poetry of Observation

Join us for an afternoon poetry workshop inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Taking inspiration from John Ruskin’s ideas about observation, and in honour of our Ruskin exhibition, you will use the exquisite features of the House and garden to write original pieces of poetry based on focused contemplation.

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