Based at Ruskin
Mill, the centre for cultural development was founded in 1984
by Aonghus and Alasdair Gordon to provide opportunities for social,
cultural, artistic and educational projects inspired by the work
of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner. It was set
up as a company limited by guarantee.*
initially attracted arts and craftspeople who set up independent
workshops in the building. They also shared a vision of social
and cultural renewal coupled with life-long learning.
As the redevelopment
of Ruskin Mill progressed, the centre was instrumental in establishing
the beginnings of the educational programme that later became
the foundation for the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust. This programme
enabled students to enter professional workshops and learn practical
and social skills with craftspeople.
is also the venue for public workshops and courses in various
arts and crafts, and is in partnership with both the Nailsworth
Community Arts programme and the Nailsworth Festival.
has an active cultural and social calendar of events (see Ruskin
Mill events). This includes a range of acoustic and classical
music by local, national and international artists, some of whom
also provide workshops open to the general public. There are also
lectures and presentations on topics that reflect the cutting
edge of social, cultural, environmental, educational and spiritual
issues of our time.
open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, hosts high quality craft and fine
art exhibitions throughout the year including an end of year student
exhibition in August (see Ruskin Mill events).
Coffee Shop serves vegetarian lunches, coffee and cakes and is
open to the public daily from 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday
inclusive. It is also open on Bank Holidays from 11 am to 4 pm
for coffee and cakes.
For all events
at Ruskin Mill click on Ruskin
Mill Events on the main menu.
and contact numbers click on Ruskin
Mill College then select the Directions and Contact Numbers
Ltd, Company Number 3108944