John Ruskin’s Bicentenary year

In 2019, Brantwood celebrated 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 visited Brantwood to conduct a Japanese Tea Ceremony as part of a programme which  included 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 opened the show with a talk about his grandfather, renowned potter Shoji Hamada.

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


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

The Gardens of Persephone by Mike Healey

Mike Healey has a long association with Brantwood, first exhibiting at the Severn Gallery in 1999 with a show celebrating ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Others followed over the next three years, including an exhibition exploring aspects of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. The opening of this particular show coincided with a performance of the play itself in […]

True to Nature – Following the Seasons Across Lakeland by Greg Howard

An exhibition of original watercolours & soft-pastel paintings born from an appreciation of the beautiful scenery in and around the Lake District. This collection attempts to capture the colours, mood & drama of the various seasons and the changes they affect across the landscape of the Lakes.   Greg has been painting & illustrating in […]

2020 Winter Craft Fair

We regret to say that we have taken the difficult decision not to host our winter craft fair this year.  In these times of social distancing, we cannot offer this wonderful event in the way we have all come to love.  This will be the first time in over twenty five years we have had […]

The Treasury

The John Ruskin Mineral Collection. A new dedicated exhibition exploring Ruskin’s fascination with mountains, minerals and the world of geology.

Bloke’s Progress

We have been so proud to announce the arrival of our new fab comic Bloke’s Progress, the combined version of three fabulous comics written by Kevin Jackson and illustrated by Hunt Emerson.   Both attended the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (with, of course, Bloke’s Progress). During the Festival, it was announced that Hunt Emerson was […]

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