We are delighted to announce five Ruskin Walks in the early summer, with a commission from the UpDown Gallery in Ramsgate, Kent to undertake four walks in the surrounding area. We will be returning to Leighton House, Holland Park Road in London since the InTransit Festival in 2012, offering a Ruskin Walk over the mid-year solstice weekend. Booking details for each Ruskin Walk are available below.
Ramsgate has witnessed the opening and rise of the UpDown Gallery, whose Director, Kate Smith, has for a long time been an admirer of the work of Martin Fidler, (who also happens to be the creator of the Ruskin Walk).
The gallery is to host ‘Changing Horizons’ a major exhibition of Martin’s work from the 18 May to the 15 June, and has commissioned Martin and Ruskin Walk collaborator, Andrew Stuck from Rethinking Cities to devise and lead four Ruskin Walks on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th June.
Ramsgate was home to August Pugin, architect and designer, from 1848 when he moved in to St Augustine’s Grange, a property he designed in the Victorian Gothic style, and which was rescued from dereliction by the Landmark Trust in 1997. Last year marked the 200th anniversary of Pugin’s birth and there is strong local support for the architect and The Grange. However, John Ruskin who visited Ramsgate, in promoting JWM Turner’s drawings of the harbour and sea front for the Harbours of Britain series, was unimpressed by Pugin and his architecture. Sir Kenneth Clark is noted in saying that: “If Ruskin had never lived, Pugin would never have been forgotten.”
The series of experimental and challenging walks will explore and record the local environment of buildings and open spaces of Ramsgate in a manner similar to John Ruskin, artist, critic and social reformer. People participating in the three-hour long walks will be encouraged to take a different view of their surroundings, inspiring fresh observations, which can be recorded as notes and sketches kept in a small hand assembled journal provided for the Ruskin Walk.
The Ramsgate walks will take place on Saturday mornings from 10.00am on the 1st & 8th of June and Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm on the 2nd & 9th June starting at the UpDown Gallery. They finish with an invitations to accompany Martin on a brief tour of his exhibition. The participatory walks are priced at £25 per person with limited spaces available. Please call the UpDown Gallery on 01843 588181 for further details and to book.
Further details on the 2-hour Ruskin Walk from Leighton House, Holland Park Road, London at 3.30pm on Sunday 23 June will be posted shortly, to book please click here