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 Saturday-morning workshops for families, led by artists at The Ruskin.

‘Share’ workshops focus on working together, ‘Build’ on creating structures and objects, and ‘Make’ on creative processes.

Find out more about visiting The Ruskin and browse our event listings.

Artwork produced at a family workshop

Ruskin Seminar Series

Now in its 29th year, the Ruskin Seminar Series brings specialist guest-speakers to Lancaster. Part of a vibrant programme of exhibitions, events and research, the Seminar Series celebrates Ruskin’s relevance to our world today, and explores how his ideas can help us shape a better future.

‌In 2019-2020, we explore the relevance of Ruskin’s thinking to topics ranging from ecological crisis to evolutionary theory.

Seminars are free, and open to everyone.

Franziska Schenk: Close Looking – Nature’s Microcosm as seen through Ruskin’s Lens

18 October 2019, 16.15-18:00

Franziska Schenk (Birmingham City University) casts a close eye on Ruskin’s nature-centric artwork to extend the Victorian’s sharp-focused vision into the contemporary nano-realm.

Mark Frost: Divine and Defiled Waters – Ruskin, the Wandel, and Victorian Ecocrisis

31 October 2019, 16.15-18:00

Dr Mark Frost (University of Portsmouth) discusses waterways, bodies and ecocrisis in Victorian Britain, and Ruskin’s efforts to cleanse the River Wandel at Carshalton, Surrey.

POSTPONED: Fredrick Albritton Jonsson: Ruskin’s Post Carbon Society – Imagining the Future during the Victorian Coal Panic

Dr Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (University of Chicago) explores fossil fuels, economic growth, and the relevance of Ruskin to understanding ecological concerns in his time and our own.

Suzanne Fagence Cooper: Storm Clouds and the Sea of Ice - Ruskin in the Alps

30 April 2020, 16:15-18:00 - book tickets

Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper (York Art Gallery) examines the interconnections between Ruskin’s observations of changing Alpine skyscapes and landscapes over 40 years, with his own concerns about personal fragility and decline.

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

Explore previous Seminar Series 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