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

“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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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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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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Curator's Tour: Ruskin's Manchester
Jul
25
2:00 PM14:00

Curator's Tour: Ruskin's Manchester

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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.  

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An afternoon's drawing with Ruskin
Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

An afternoon's drawing with Ruskin

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

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Drawing Democracy
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Drawing Democracy

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.

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Manchester: Ruskin-Free-City
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Manchester: Ruskin-Free-City

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

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Twilight Walk and Gawk Sketchcrawl: Gothic to Art Deco Architecture with Dr Jonathan Foyle & The Big Draw
Jul
10
5:30 PM17:30

Twilight Walk and Gawk Sketchcrawl: Gothic to Art Deco Architecture with Dr Jonathan Foyle & The Big Draw

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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.

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The Ruskin Lectures, re-enacted: The Discovery and Application of Art
Jul
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Ruskin Lectures, re-enacted: The Discovery and Application of Art

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

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Reform-Play-Create
Jul
3
5:00 PM17:00

Reform-Play-Create

Reform-Play-Create 

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.

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Ruskin Reviews
Jul
3
12:15 PM12:15

Ruskin Reviews

Free, no need to book

'Perfectly painted' or 'catastrophe'? Join Manchester Art Gallery’s curator Hannah Williamson for a gallery tour to consider what Ruskin had to say about works in Manchester's collection. 

Image: Autumn Leaves, JE Milais, (c) Manchester Art Gallery

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Ruskin Reviews
Jun
25
11:30 AM11:30

Ruskin Reviews

Free, no need to book

'Perfectly painted' or 'catastrophe'? Join Manchester Art Gallery’s curator Hannah Williamson for a gallery tour to consider what Ruskin had to say about works in Manchester's collection. 

Image: Autumn Leaves, JE Milais, (c) Manchester Art Gallery

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Artist's Talk -- The Contemplative Horizon of Cristina Rodrigues
Jun
25
11:00 AM11:00

Artist's Talk -- The Contemplative Horizon of Cristina Rodrigues

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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

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Tour of 'The Kingdom of Heaven' by Cristina Rodrigues
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

Tour of 'The Kingdom of Heaven' by Cristina Rodrigues

Free | no booking required | visit the venue’s website | Artist’s website

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.

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Ruskin's Manchester: "Devil's Darkness" to Beacon City
Jun
24
to Aug 23

Ruskin's Manchester: "Devil's Darkness" 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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Ruskin Reviews
Jun
17
12:15 PM12:15

Ruskin Reviews

Free, no need to book

'Perfectly painted' or 'catastrophe'? Join Manchester Art Gallery’s curator Hannah Williamson for a gallery tour to consider what Ruskin had to say about works in Manchester's collection. 

Image: Autumn Leaves, JE Milais, (c) Manchester Art Gallery

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Choral Evensong in Celebration of Ruskin Bicentenary
Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

Choral Evensong in Celebration of Ruskin Bicentenary

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.  

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