John Ruskin’s Bicentenary year

In 2019, Brantwood will celebrate the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth with an event calendar full of wonder, including the celebration of Ruskin’s influence on the Japanese Arts and Crafts movement, stimulated by Ruskin’s writings and the impact made on the figure who galvanised Japanese craftsmen and patrons, intellectuals and retailers into creating the Mingei craft movement; Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961). In May, the Japanese Urasenke foundation will be visiting Brantwood to conduct a Japanese Tea Ceremony as part of a programme which will also include a display of pots from the Mingei (folk crafts) tradition and its Ruskin connections featuring work by Ogata Kenzan, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leech, Tomoo Hamada, Edward Hughes and Martin Miles Moore, with calligraphy by Mitsuko Takahashi.

Tomoo Hamada, potter will open the show with a talk about his grandfather, renowned potter Shoji Hamada. The talk will take place in the Severn Studio.

Alongside this, dance performances will take place by Cumbria Youth Dance Company, referencing elements of two of Ruskin’s diverse passions – love of the mountains and social justice.


Coniston Celebrations – 8th February 

Coniston Village will be hosting a celebration of  John Ruskin‘s birthday on the 8th February with a 2 pm service of celebration at St Andrew’s Church followed by Birthday Tea with scones fresh from The Terrace in the Institute reading room. There will musical performances by pupils from both schools and Coniston Community Choir, readings from members of the community, and hymns chosen to reflect Ruskin’s love of the natural. Everyone Welcome. This event has been organised with The Ruskin Museum, Village Institute, Brantwood, St Andrew’s Church, John Ruskin & Coniston Schools, The Community Choir and local volunteers.

Events are also being held around the world throughout the year. Brantwood along with Lancaster University and the Guild of St George have funded providing information about exhibitions, lectures, conferences, community projects and other events taking place in the UK and internationally throughout the year in celebration and acknowledgement of the lasting impact of this unique 19th century polymath.

Brantwood Exhibition & Events

Full details of exhibitions, events as well as talks and courses can be found in the what’s on section of our website

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