John Ruskin at 200: Free booklet of poems and photographs

We hoped you enjoyed the John Ruskin at 200 programme this year, generously supported by Arts Council England and the Maas Gallery.

We want this to be the beginning of greater awareness of the positive legacies of John Ruskin for our lives today, and to see his values for outdoor spaces and communities embedded in our future plans. Your comments and ideas are very welcome.

A delightful output of the programme is a free small booklet of poems produced at the programme workshops with local schools and SLaM Recovery College, illustrated with entries from our annual photography competition. You can download it here or email us if you would like a paper copy. We hope to see our first tree carving early in the new year.

Our thanks go to local resident, Mary Paterson, for devising and managing the programme. We enjoyed collaborating with the Carnegie Library, Camberwell Arts, the Herne Hill Society, Lambeth Archives and the Guild of St George.

About John Ruskin

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was a writer, artist and philanthropist. He championed many of the tenets of the welfare state, and inspired the founders of the National Health Service, the formation of Public Libraries, the National Trust and many other cornerstones of civil society in the last one hundred years. His influence reached abroad in such areas as women’s education, the minimum wage, child labour, and environmental protection and has served both as a restraining influence on unbridled capitalism and a moral conscience for the nations of the world.

He wrote on many things: art and architecture, nature and craftsmanship, literature and religion, political economy and social justice – a dizzying variety of subjects. He also worked tirelessly for a better society; the depth and range of his thinking, his often fierce critique of industrial society and its impact on both people and their environment, and his passionate advocacy of a sustainable relationship between people, craft and nature, remain as pertinent today as they were in his own lifetime.