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In 2018, the focus of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme is projects designed to enhance the Ruskinian wealth of three local community assets in Manor Castle, Meersbrook and Walkley, and build new audiences for the Ruskin Collection during 2019. Each project will involve access to the Ruskin Collection stores at Museums Sheffield, and will be followed by a temporary display in the Ruskin Gallery, co-curated by participants.


20th to 26th October

Ruskin Museum Makeover at Meersbrook Hall
Meersbrook Park, Brook Road, Sheffield, S8 9FH

A week of free public events and activities - including projections onto the facade of the Hall -  to creatively celebrate the heritage of the Ruskin Museum at Meersbrook Hall (1890 - 1953).  Companions, local residents, local primary schools and University of Sheffield Architecture Masters students will research and share their learning about this rich heritage to help develop the Hall’s future as a thriving community hub with workspaces, a cafe, and rooms to hire. This project is a collaboration with Heeley Trust and Friends of Meersbrook Hall.  
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Guild of St George.


In 2019, there will be national and international celebrations to mark the bicentenary of Ruskin's birth.    In the lead up to the bicentenary, Ruskin in Sheffield will continue to create events for all ages across a wide range of communities to revitalise the Ruskin Collection as a source of beauty, inspiration and ideas to help make lives better for people in Sheffield today.

For the latest news on the programme of events in Sheffield, please visit the RUSKIN in SHEFFIELD website.


Tuesday 19th June 12.30 - 2pm
Ruskin at Park Centre Community Garden celebration event
Coates St, Sheffield (off Duke Street, S2 5QP)

Join us for a celebration of new artworks created in this small community garden near the city centre. Companion Jason Thomson, a sculptor, is working with Manor & Castle Development Trust and local residents to develop skills and create artworks for a community garden next to Park Centre, which houses a library, wellbeing courses, a youth club and food bank. 
Reserve a place via
Funded by the Guild of St George.

Saturday 6th October 2 - 4pm 
Bloke’s Progress - book event
Walkley Carnegie Library, South Road, Sheffield, S6 3TD

A free public event to celebrate the new comic book written by Companion Kevin Jackson and drawn by Hunt Emerson, based on the ideas of John Ruskin.  Bloke’s Progress combines their earlier publications, How to Be Rich and How to See, and includes the new How to Work.  Kevin and Hunt will be interviewed by Companion Bambos Georgiou, run a comic drawing workshop, and sign books!  Reserve a place via  This event will also form the launch of our new community project with Walkley Library to create comic books, street murals and outdoor sculptures with local teenagers.  More details to be announced in the summer.  
Funded by Arts Council England and the Guild of St George.

2017 programme

This year, we plan to focus events and activities in and around three communities in Sheffield: Walkley, Meersbrook and on the Manor, as well as the city centre.  We'll be running a Big Draw event in each location, inspiring people to draw their local nature, architecture and people, to bring to life the bigger picture of their community.  Community Centres, libraries, shops, parks, historic buildings, woodland and other green spaces, will all be drawn to life.

We are delighted to be collaborating with the world's largest drawing festival, Big Draw, as well as the John Ruskin Prize this year, both of which are supported by the Guild of St George.



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Click on Jodie Southwood's map below to find out where everything is:

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Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed the sunshine and getting hands-on with the diverse range of drawing and craft activities offered by the Big Draw at Walkley on 1 July. This was the first of this year’s events in the RUSKIN in SHEFFIELD programme organised by the inimitable Ruth Nutter.

The day was an opportunity to observe, draw and make in a wide choice of media, from paper-and-pencil drawing to clay modelling, comic-strip illustrating to painting, and a special walk through the Rivelin Valley. It saw the community come together in large numbers, and many took the chance to learn about Ruskin and his ideas, and the legacy to Sheffield.

As ever, all of this was only made possible by the enthusiasm and dedication of Companions and other volunteers, including artists and creative assistants, and of course the participation of a large number of visitors.

The day has already featured in the Sheffield Star (see here).

Please click on the small selection of images below to enlarge (more will be uploaded to the site in the coming days). Photos courtesy of Ruth Nutter.

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Map by Jodie Southwood.

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Sunday, 21 May, 2017, 1.30-3pm.
Picturing Sheffield Gallery, Weston Park, Sheffield.

This event launched:

- Ruskin in Sheffield 2017;

- Rivelin Valley Artists display of paintings, collected by Chris Baines;

- Sally Goldsmith’s new book, Thirteen Acres: John Ruskin and the Totley Communists. which will be available soon from the Guild shop.

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