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The Arts Society Dukeries

1st April 2021
The Arts Society Dukeries

The Arts Society Dukeries’ next online lecture is by Simon Seligman on Wednesday 7th April at 10.30am for an 11.00am start and is entitled ‘From Venice to Sheffield: John Ruskin’s passion for art, craft and social justice’.
Inspired by the bicentenary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819 to 1900) in 2019, this lecture celebrates the extraordinary life and work of this visionary Victorian. As writer, teacher, artist, collector, patron and critic, Ruskin was perhaps the most complete polymath of the 19th century. He left behind a dazzling range of writing and collections that continue to inspire and generate debate around the world. Perhaps most famous today as a champion of Turner and admirer of Venice, Ruskin’s impact ranged far and wide; his ideas inspired the Arts and Crafts movement and the founding of the National Trust, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and the Labour movement. George Eliot wrote ‘I venerate him as one of the great teachers of the day’, and he influenced the thinking of Tolstoy, Proust and Gandhi among others.
Alongside this international reach, Ruskin became deeply concerned by what he saw as the negative impacts of the industrialization of 19th century England and as a teacher, thinker and philanthropist he set up projects that aspired to give the working man access to beauty, art, craft and the land. In 1871, he founded what became the Guild of St George, the charity for arts, crafts and the rural economy, and gave it a sizeable collection of art, books and minerals for public display and education in Sheffield.

Do you have an interest in the arts?
Then, The Arts Society Dukeries could be for you. They normally hold monthly lecture meetings at the Civic Centre, Carlton, as well as two extra Special Interest Study days, trips out to places of interest and a holiday for members. Their face-to-face activities cannot happen at the minute, but they are continuing to offer members a varied programme of arts lectures by Zoom technology.
These online lectures are arranged until the summer, though the speakers concerned could attend in person once we are able to meet back at the Civic Centre, Carlton. These morning Zoom lectures, last for about an hour, and are open to members and friends plus non-members, invited to contact the group and watch for a small fee. Their newsletters and national magazines are continuing.
The May lecture is on Wednesday 5th May at 11.00am, called ‘Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition captured on Camera’. The speaker is Mark Cottle.
For further details please call Chairman Suzanne on 01909 290488 or visit