Inspired by Ruskin

Inspired by Ruskin

Learners from all over the college have submitted A4 size works inspired by the life and work of John Ruskin for our ‘Inspired by Ruskin’ event in January.

John Ruskin was one of the original founding members of the Working Men’s College over 160 years ago. To celebrate the bicentenary of his birth we will are holding an exhibition of work inspired by his legacy.

Inspiration has come from the wide range of his interests and practices throughout his life. From his love of the landscape that surrounded him, his ideas about the relationship between truth and beauty, the cabinets of curiosities he used to teach drawing, to the social importance of arts education that he championed during his life, and even portraits of the man himself. Take a look some of the examples of work submitted here: Inspired by Ruskin.

“Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth. Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality.”

The exhibition will be on display in the Ruskin Gallery at WMC Camden College, London, from 21 January until 8 February with a prize giving event on the evening of Thursday 31 January. More details available here: Ruskin Bicentenary Festival