Beautiful, Peaceful, Fruitful: Ruskin in Wyre
The exhibition celebrating our HLF funded project Ruskin in Wyre and the life of John Ruskin is now open Bewdley museum as part of the national celebrations of the bicentenary of his birth. The displays in the museum are a celebration of the project mixing new art and craft alongside historic items and works of art. Beautiful, peaceful, fruitful: Ruskin in Wyre brings together work by Ruskin himself and by one of his artistic proteges, the painter, John Wharlton Bunney, from the Guild of St George’s Ruskin collection at Museums Sheffield.
The project, made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Guild of St George has facilitated many events and courses during the life of the project including two community build projects.
Events allowed participants to explore using traditional materials and techniques in our bilateral Big Draw event with friends in Tokyo, Studio in the Woods provided a hands on workshop creating structures using Ruskin Land oak and Walking and Working in the Wyre explored how people made their living from the forest and traditional crafts. Spoon carving, cleft gate making, three legged stool and childrens woodcraft courses also enabled people to explore the art of traditional woodcraft with Alice the projects resident craftsperson.
Our exhibition to celebrate John Ruskin’s life and the project runs until April 28th and is running alongside other events in Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Cumbria, York and the national exhibition at Two Temple Place, London.
Alongside the exhibition the Guild of St George are running, ‘Next Steps with Ruskin’ a day of talks, discussion and activities that is open to all. The day will begin with brief introduction to Ruskin, explaining who he was and his historial influence. Then, facilitated by the Guild Directors and Companions we will consider Ruskin’s relevance today, in his bicentenary year. The afternoon will end with short, informal workshops and the day will close with a private view of the exhibition. The day starts at 10am – 4pm with the private view of the exhibition from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. To book email [email protected]