Ruskin Gallery - changing displays

Each year, there are changing displays in the permanent gallery to highlight particular strengths and themes within the Ruskin Collection.


A RUSKIN RE-THINK AT THE RUSKIN COLLECTION - AUTUMN 2021

In the autumn of 2021, our partners at Sheffield Museums Trust completed a much-needed refreshment of the gallery spaces, which now offers new opportunities for the display of the wonderful riches of Ruskin's gift to the people of Sheffield, some of them old favourites and some which haven't been on show for many years.

There is now an area for rotating temporary exhibitions - the opening one, on display until mid-2022, focuses on Ruskin's collection of bird illustrations - and this is complemented by new spaces and facilities for relevant community involvement and activities. Overall, the emphasis is on introducing visitors to Ruskin as a radical thinker, writer, social campaigner, artist, environmentalist, collector and teacher, and on highlighting his legacy to Sheffield and his continuing relevance to us in the twenty-first century. 

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Spring and Summer displays 2019

Inspired by Nature; Stories in Stones; Mountain Gloom and Glory

Art Nature Architecture Craftmanship

Books of Wonder - 2018 displays

Education Nature
Books of Wonder -  2018 displays
The natural world was Ruskin’s greatest inspiration. For him it was a source of wonder and curiosity, beauty and creativity. He encouraged others to share in his excitement, hoping that they would find happiness and enjoyment through discovering nature.
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‘Energy and Endurance’: The Architecture of Switzerland - 2018 displays

Education Nature
‘Energy and Endurance’: The Architecture of Switzerland - 2018 displays
Ruskin often wrote about his admiration for Gothic craftsmanship or buildings ornamented with coloured marble and sculptured decoration. Yet he was also fascinated at how buildings stood as markers of ‘national identity’. For him, a building also showed something of the character of the country in which it was built.
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‘The Art of Scratch’: Metal and Wood Engraving. 2018 displays

Art Education
‘The Art of Scratch’: Metal and Wood Engraving. 2018 displays
Ruskin studied engraving almost as much as drawing. Partly he admired the precision and workmanship required in creating the images, but also he saw them as an important stepping-stone in learning how to draw and how to see clearly.
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