Mary Beever, Lakeland Scene

Current Exhibitions

Peacock and Falcon Feather, 1873, John Ruskin ©The Ruskin, Lancaster University

Ruskin: Museum of the Near Future

Exhibition extended to 28 February 2020

Look closely, see clearly, imagine freely: parables and places to encounter our world.

The Museum of the Near Future explores the contemporary relevance of Ruskin’s drawings, paintings and photographs, notebooks, sketchbooks and diaries, through the dynamic interplay of past, present and future.

Ruskin's motto was ‘Today’. He believed that the way we see things now will shape the way we think and behave in the future. His concerns about the dehumanising effects of technology, and impact of industrialisation on the health of the planet, speak powerfully to our own era.

‘Ruskin: The Museum of the Near Future’ explores the relevance of Ruskin’s thinking today. Through image and word, his works take us into the nature of seeing and into the multidimensional nature of knowledge itself. Parables and places for imaginative encounters, they reflect our relationship, both modest and magnificent, to the world in which we live.

In partnership with Brantwood, John Ruskin’s home in the Lake District.

Conversation With Ruskin Small

Conversation with Ruskin

23 January to 28 February 2020

This free exhibition presents Hideyuki Sobue's portrait of John Ruskin alongside new works exploring the Lake District landscape.

Commissioned for the 2019 bicentenary of Ruskin's birth, Sobue’s portrait presents Ruskin as a prophet for our contemporary period of ecological crisis.

In partnership with Brantwood. Supported by Arts Council England.

Past Exhibitions

Explore the The Ruskin's exhibitions of the past, since its opening in 1998.