Ruskin in Sheffield

Jun 18 2015

Ruth Nutter, producer of Ruskin in Sheffield, talks about the programme of events in Sheffield celebrating the legacy of John Ruskin: 

Ruskin in Sheffield is a programme of events throughout this year to rediscover the legacy and spirit of John Ruskin in Sheffield. Since we launched in February this year, hundreds of people have enjoyed been finding out more about the heritage of Ruskin in their own community.

If you want to find out more about the history of St George’s Museum in Walkley - original home to the Ruskin Collection - or the ups and downs of his ‘sustainable community’ experiment at St George’s Farm in late 1800s, the best place to start is the Pop-Up Ruskin Museum at 381 South Road in Walkley. A local treasure trove of collectables, curiosities and creations, this museum has struck a chord with hundreds of visitors in its first few weeks of opening. You can add your own ‘treasures’ to the exhibits, select a quote from Mr Ruskin’s Pick and Mix, sow a seed for the future, or paint on a mini-canvas. It’s a hands-on creative haven, and people keep coming back for more! We’re open 11am - 4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until the 24th October.

Visitors enjoying the creative activities at the Ruskin Pop-Up MuseumIf you’re interested in local art, a new exhibition has just arrived at the Pop-Up Museum this week. Rivelin Valley Artists is a collection of recently discovered paintings by a colony of artists based at Rivelin Corn Mill between the wars. Or, if you prefer to have a go at painting the Rivelin Valley yourself, come down to one of our gazebos at Rails Road car park or outside Rivelin Park Cafe this Saturday 20th June 11am - 4pm to use some of our free materials to draw or paint a scene yourself.

Another highlight of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme takes place on Saturday 27th June at 2pm when the Master of the Guild of St George formally welcomes people to view a newly commissioned Lakeland slate plaque to commemorate the site of St George’s Museum at Ruskin House on Bole Hill Road. We will then walk down to Walkley Cemetery to mark the creation of a new commemorative stone to Henry Swan, extraordinary curator of St George’s Museum. All are welcome to join these free events.

More details on all events can be found here.

Top: Producer Ruth Nutter inside the Ruskin Pop-Up Museum
Bottom: Visitors enjoying the creative activities at the Ruskin Pop-Up Museum.



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