Ruskin and the meaning of work
The Ruskin To-Day Brantwood Annual Lecture invites a guest speaker to give a lecture celebrating the life, work and legacy of John Ruskin (1819-1900).
Internationally acclaimed artist and writer Edmund de Waal will give this year's lecture, examining Ruskin's legacy of thinking on technology, materiality, consumption and value. As we contemplate another revolution in how we work, Ruskin’s idea of the meaning of work itself is powerful and relevant.
De Waal will also reflect on how Ruskin has influenced his own artistic practice.
Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place.
His interventions have been made for diverse spaces and museums worldwide, including The British Museum, London; The Frick Collection, New York; Ateneo Veneto, Venice; Schindler House, Los Angeles; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and V&A Museum, London.
De Waal is also renowned for his bestselling family memoir, 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' (2010), and 'The White Road' (2015). His new book, 'Letters to Camondo', a series of haunting letters written during lockdown, was published in April 2021.
He was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University in 2015. In 2021 he was awarded a CBE for his services to art.