How do we remember John Ruskin?

2019 is the 200th anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth. This summer and autumn, Friends of Ruskin Park is organising a programme of free events and activities to celebrate John Ruskin, his ideas and his influence.

We look back to his remarkable achievements, remember what Denmark Hill was like during his life time, and think about his impact on the way we live today.

In particular, our festival will ask how can we remember John Ruskin in the future?, with a view to creating a permanent memorial within the park.

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) was an artist, art critic, philanthropist, social theorist, and one of the most progressive influencers on British culture and society. Our beautiful Ruskin Park, close to where he lived on Denmark Hill, was created in 1907 to perpetuate his memory and values. Today, hundreds of people enjoy the park every day – but perhaps know little about its remarkable namesake.

The free programme includes:

  • Poetry workshops for local children and adults, led by poet Francesca Beard, culminating in a performance during the Ruskin Park Summer Fete on Saturday 22nd June.
  • An exhibition of heritage materials from Lambeth Archives, held at the nearby Carnegie Library. Join us for an Opening Party at Carnegie Library on Wednesday 3rd July from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Read more and book your place.
  • Four guided walks “John Ruskin: a walk through his territory” through Ruskin’s Denmark Hill and Herne Hill, led by historian Jon Newman. 6th July, 9th July, 10th September, 14th September. Read more and book your place.
  • A talk on ‘Why Ruskin Matters’ by author and art historian, Suzanne Fagence Cooper on Tuesday 12th November from 7pm to 9pm at the Carnegie Library. Read more and book your place.

This year’s Ruskin Park photography competition is also themed on John Ruskin, with all the details available here.

The programme is generously supported by Arts Council England and the Maas Gallery.