Print this page

Welcome to RUSKIN in SHEFFIELD 2017

Click here for more details of


The Ruskin in Sheffield 2017 programme of events will focus on drawing, which Ruskin believed helped people to see the world clearly, and care for it.

Ways to get involved will be announced on the Opportunities page of this website.

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.

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.



(Click or tap on the poster above for full details.)


(Click or tap on the poster above for full details.)

Click on the slide shows below to enlarge:

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

(Click or tap on the poster above for full details.)

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.

(Click or tap map to enlarge.)
Map by Jodie Southwood.

*   *   *

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.