Workshop at The Ruskin


Join us at The Ruskin for a programme of lectures, workshops, live performance, late openings and laboratories – your opportunity to get involved in our work.


For Families

Inspired by our programme and collection, explore art and ideas in our free Saturday-morning workshops for families, led by artists.

While The Ruskin is temporarily closed, our workshops are happening across Lancaster and Morecambe.

Follow our event listings to find out more.

Artwork produced at a family workshop

Ruskin Seminar Series

The Ruskin Seminar Series brings specialist guest-speakers to Lancaster.

Talks are free and open to all, to explore how Ruskin's ideas can help us shape a better future.

To join the conversation, come along to the Ruskin Reading Group. Receive notification of future meetings by subscribing to the Reading Group newsletter.

Explore past seminar programmes below.


The Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture

Ryuzo Mikimoto devoted his life to the study of John Ruskin, founding the Ruskin Library of Tokyo in 1934.

Ryuzo Mikimoto was the son of Kokichi Mikimoto, who pioneered cultured pearls and founded the Mikimoto pearl empire in 1893. After Ryuzo Mikimoto's death in 1971, his relatives worked to reopen the library, with readers returning from 1984.

The first Mikimoto Lecture took place at Lancaster University in 1995, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the reopening of the Ruskin Library of Tokyo. The lecture, 'Ruskin To-Day', was given by James S. Dearden, Curator of the Ruskin Galleries at Bembridge School.

The Mikimoto Memorial Lecture is supported by a generous donation from the Trustees of the Ruskin Library of Tokyo.

Explore the Mikimoto Memorial Lecture archive below.

Severn Coniston rainbow

Events at Brantwood

Our collections are also on display at Brantwood, John Ruskin's house and estate on the shores of Coniston Water, in the Lake District. Visit Brantwood's website to discover a programme of exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events.

Visit Brantwood