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Ruskin Calling: RSA JFN Event September 27th 2018 | Divya Marie Kato FRSA

November 23, 2018

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”  – John Ruskin

A key area of the RSA’s work is education and working towards “… an education of the head, hand and heart…”.  But what does this mean in 2018?  And, could the ideas of a man born 200 years ago give us some clues?


As its contribution to the RSA’s Creative Learning & Development, RSA Japan Fellows’ Network ran:

Ruskin Calling:  Educating Hands, Heads & Hearts In The Age Of AI

Approaching The 200th Anniversary Of John Ruskin’s Birth:
Artist and educator, Divya Marie Kato FRSA, presented his messages for a society in change, in an event with a twist:


Rather than a lecture style presentation, we experimented by putting Ruskin’s ideas into practice.

Divya also highlighted Ruskin’s influence in Japan, which was brought to her attention via another RSA fellow, artist and Ruskin expert, Hilary Baker.  Hilary will be coming to Japan in 2019 to organise events celebrating Ruskin’s bicentenary.  


Divya and Hilary have been collaborating on exciting things – read on to find out!


Fun Fact:  Due to the work of Ryuzo Mikimoto and efforts of The Ruskin Library Tokyo, Japan holds the largest collection of Ruskin’s work outside of the U.K. (links listed below).



Event Recap On The RSA Website Here



Why Ruskin Calling?
Divya’s husband, Masa, was inspired to name this event after The Clash song, London Calling, because he felt that Ruskin really has been calling us!  (also a great tune to kick off the evening!  


 Ruskin Calling: RSA JFN Event

Ruskin:  Largely Forgotten?

Ruskin was undoubtedly the most influential critic of the Victorian era.  Born in 1819, his work, spanning art criticism, politics and society, inspired such notable figures as Gandhi, Proust and Tolstoy.


“I translated it (Unto This Last) later into Gujarati entitling it ‘Sarvodaya’ (the welfare of all). I believe that I discovered some of my deepest convictions reflected in this great book of Ruskin and that is why it so captured me and made me transform my life.”  — Mahatma Gandhi


It’s hard to imagine how such popularity has waned over the years, however there are organisations striving to keep his ideas alive and academics and individuals alike who continue to be captured by and drawn to his work.