Mary Beever, Lakeland Scene

Ruskin: Museum of the Near Future

Until 28 February 2020 | 1000 – 1600 | Weekdays | Special Weekend Opening 14 & 15 December

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

Exhibition extended to 28 February 2020, with a special weekend opening on 14 and 15 December 2019

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.

Drawn to Investigate

10 - 16 January 2020, 10.00 – 16.00 | Weekdays

Solve et Coagula, 2014Emma HunterCourtesy of the artist

The exhibition looks at the potential of drawing as an investigative tool to make meaningful contributions to knowledge outside the arts. It brings together a range of examples of contemporary drawing with a relationship to ‘scientific’ research. Drawing is historically associated with knowledge generation and critical investigation in the sciences. This exhibition will examine how drawing today continues to work across the porous boundary between observation and expression, empiricism and invention in a range of investigative practices. ‘Science’ is used in the most inclusive sense, embracing all forms of thorough investigation, spanning anthropology to astrophysics, conservation to mathematics, forensics to zoology. This approach builds on John Ruskin’s advocacy of drawing as a way of seeing and understating the world and his prescient understanding of the impact of industrialisation on the natural environment. The exhibition is accompanied by a conference on the same theme, taking place on 17th January 2020.

Past Exhibitions

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