Ruskin Foundation London Lecture


The Ruskin Foundation London Lecture 2019 ‘Ruskin Today’ by Robert Hewison will be given on Friday 20th September, which for this special bicentenary year, will form part of the Art for the Nation: John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change two day conference at The National Gallery.

One of the most frequently asked questions during this year of Ruskin’s bicentenary celebrations has been: ’What would Ruskin make of today?’ Professor Robert Hewison will attempt to answer this question, in the light of Ruskin’s dictum that “the art of any country is the exponent of its social and political virtues”.

Robert Hewison has spent a lifetime working on aspects of Ruskin. His first book, John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye, was published in 1976, his most recent in this field is Ruskin and his Contemporaries, published in 2018. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford and co-curator of the Tate Britain exhibition Ruskin, Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites in Ruskin’s centenary year, 2000. He is the author of a series of books on post-war British culture, the most recent, Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain, was published by Verso in 2014. He became a trustee of the Ruskin Foundation in 1993, and has held chairs at Lancaster and City Universities. He chairs Ruskin To-Day, the informal umbrella organisation helping to co-ordinate the celebration of Ruskin’s bicentenary in 2019.

There are a limited amount of seats reserved just for the drinks and The Ruskin Foundation London Lecture 2019 , offered on a first come first served basis. If you have already bought a ticket for the conference, access to the reception and lecture is already included.  To attend the reception and lecture, please reserve your seat here:


Drinks: 5.45-6.45pm in the Sainsbury Wing Conference Rooms

The Ruskin Foundation London Lecture 2019: 7-8.30pm in the Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Entrance for the drinks and lecture: Sainsbury Wing Entrance, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. 


In partnership with Sovereign Films

The Ruskin Foundation London Lecture series was established in 2014, in association with Sovereign Films to present Ruskin’s ideas in a contemporary context. Previous speakers have been the Hon Anna Somers Cocks, OBE, chair of The Art Newspaper; Andrew Hill, Associate Editor of The Financial Times, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Lord Chris Smith.

The event is free, but tickets have to obtained in advance from or by application to


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The National Gallery Art for the Nation: John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change is a two day conference which aims to capitalise on the recent upsurge of interest in Ruskin that has led to much fresh scholarship on his life, work, and legacy. The conference will consider new research and expand on it by looking specifically at Ruskin’s interactions with, influence on, and legacy for the museum world and art education, with talks structured around four themes: ‘Art Education and Museums’; ‘British Art and Photography’, ‘Language, Writings and Sources’ and ‘Ruskin Today’.


If you are interested in attending The National Gallery two day Art for the Nation: John Ruskin, Art Education and Social Change conference, which will also include the drinks and the Ruskin Foundation London Lecture 2019, you will need to buy a ticket via The National Gallery website:



Event Information

Date & Time:Friday 20th September 2019 - 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

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