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.
12 July - 24 August 2019 | Free, All welcome
Opening hours: Wed - Sat 12:00 - 18:00, late opening Thursdays until 19:00
“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” - John Ruskin
“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
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.
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.
Curator's Tour - Ruskin's Manchester | Thursday 25 July 2019, 2 - 3pm
FREE, PLEASE BOOK HERE
Join guest curator Dr Rachel Dickinson for a tour of 'Ruskin's Manchester: Devil's Darkness to Beacon City', the exhibition she has curated as part of the celebrations marking 200 years since the birth of John Ruskin, the prominent and influential Victorian writer, art critic, artist and social thinker.
This workshop is combining Ruskin’s approach to drawing from observation with experimental and multi-sensory playful activities exploring sound, touch and sight. No previous experience necessary.
Location: Grosvenor Building, Room G20 (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Tickets: £5 | Artist and workshop facilitator: Doris Rohr | Tickets: £5 | BOOK HERE
Drawing Democracy: The Art of Observation and its Power to affect Change
‘Agent of Change’ exhibition tour & panel discussion | Tickets Standard £5 | Free Concession tickets available. BUY / RESERVE TICKETS HERE (Includes refreshments and complimentary drawing materials)
Join the team behind The John Ruskin Prize, visual literacy charity The Big Draw, for a tour of The 5th John Ruskin Prize shortlist exhibition: Agent of Change and informal panel discussion (with live drawing) led by Ruskin Prize 2019 finalists and alumni exploring the role of art and visual literacy for social and political change with Robin Sukatorn, Conor Rogers, Rachel Price and Dr Rachel Dickinson.
19th-century artist, critic and social reformer John Ruskin said “I perceive that Manchester can produce no good art and no good literature”. In his eyes, this city saw the price of everything and the value of nothing - not grasping art’s true potential as a tool for social change and for the development of an ethical society. In 2019, his bicentenary year, what does Manchester have to say to this influential but controversial thinker’s ideas? Book online
Re-enactment of Ruskin's famous Lecture - "The Accumulation and Distribution of Art"
Manchester Art Gallery | Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm–2pm | FREE, booking required here.
Actor and art historian Paul O’Keeffe recreates the second of John Ruskin’s famous two lectures.
Join us as we reveal the 3 winners of The John Ruskin Prize 2019 and view work by selected prize finalists in response to the theme: Agent of Change
Twilight Walk and Gawk Sketchcrawl: Gothic to Art Deco Architecture with Dr Jonathan Foyle & The Big Draw
Join the team behind The John Ruskin Prize, visual literacy charity The Big Draw and architectural historian, broadcaster, artist, heritage site advocate and member of The John Ruskin Prize 2019 selection panel: Dr Jonathan Foyle for this multi-site drawing exploration of Manchester’s architectural gems!
Tickets: Standard: £12.50 (includes drawing materials) | Concessions: £6 (students, seniors or under 18s) | Spaces limited! | Read more + Buy Tickets here | Tickets include a complimentary Big Draw official ‘Drawn To Life’ A5 sketchbook with drawing materials supplied by The Big Draw.
In July 1857 John Ruskin came to Manchester to deliver A Joy Forever, a pair of lectures presented over two evenings. These lectures, subtitled The Discovery and Application of Art and The Accumulation and Distribution of Art, will be re-enacted at The Portico Library and Manchester Art Gallery respectively during the Ruskin in Manchester bicentenary festival. | Book online
MA students from Manchester School of Art invite you to Manchester Art Gallery for an evening of discussion, performance and participation. As part of ‘Ruskin200’, the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth, students across a range of MA disciplines will be holding a number of interactive events where visitors will have the opportunity to move between and manipulate representations of historical artworks within the space.
Artist's Talk -The Contemplative Horizon of Cristina Rodrigues @ Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections. Cristina Rodrigues's practice bridges three fields that Ruskin linked in his vision of the Gothic: architecture, art and craft.
Free | Please book in advance via Eventbrite here
Image: 'The Garden of Eden' by Cristina Rodrigues
Cristina Rodrigues is a Portuguese creator with an important history of exhibitions in national and international art centres, who has developed absolutely personal works of art that go beyond the prevailing fashions.
Manchester Cathedral | Time: 5.30-6.30pm | Cost: free, just show up | MORE INFO HERE
Have you ever wondered what a church service might have been like in the Victorian period? Here is your chance to experience one in the Gothic setting of Manchester Cathedral.
In celebration of John Ruskin's bicentenary, Manchester Cathedral is holding a Choral Evensong inspired by him.
Join Award-winning journalist Andrew Hill for an informal talk on his new book 'Ruskinland', about the life, ideas and lasting influence of John Ruskin.
One of four photo walks with artist Rod Kippen (creative producer The Horsfall). For ages 13-25 | Free but please reserve your space here
Explore the city through photography. Taking time to really slow down and notice the details that often pass us by in our busy lives.
This exhibition responds to the 200th birthday of artist, art critic and social reformer John Ruskin with a joyful look at how to use art for social change.