Events information

Parking at Ruskin Mill is for disabled visitors. For evening and weekend events please use the events car park at Brookdale, just before Ruskin Mill on the left as you come from Nailsworth. More parking is available at Horsley Mill, located 400m after Ruskin Mill, a five minute walk back along the lit lakeside path.

Please book for events by either telephone or email
01453 837537 or events@rmc.rmt.org

No payment is taken on the phone, just cash or cheque on the door. Concessions are £5 for those aged 25 and under, or disabled. Events are free of charge for accompanying carers and personal assistants. All events in Ruskin Mill Gallery are wheelchair accessible, do contact us if you have any specific requirements.

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To book, contact our Events Team on 01453 837537 or events@rmc.rmt.org

Tam Lin Retold – Corinne Harragin and Nick Hart

Friday 1 March 7.30pm – £12 / £5 concessions
Combined ticket for performance and workshop £40 / £25 (concession)


This piece of storytelling performance is inspired by the well-known English/Scots border Ballad of Tam Lin accompanied by live music. The ballad may be known as Tam Lin, but he’s only a part of it. Part sung, part told, this is a tale of poison, pluck and changing shape; Tam Lin Retold explores untold stories and unsung voices. Enchanting and sharp in equal measure, this is badass border balladry for the old and the new.

(Thursday 25 January and Thursday 22 February closed 9am – 1pm)

Rachael McShane & The Cartographers

Friday 8 March 7.30pm | £18 / £5 concessions


Rachael McShane is a renowned, sought-after folk singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player from the North East of England. She was an original member of the award-winning folk big band Bellowhead, winning a staggering eight BBC Folk Awards. Away from Bellowhead, Rachael is the leader of The Cartographers, a band featuring traditional folk and contemporary sounds, with a loyal following thanks to their impressive live performances and critically acclaimed debut album, When All Is Still.

Bird Tunes: Miranda Rutter and Rob Harbron

Friday 3 May | £12 / £5 concession


Fiddle player and composer Miranda Rutter is joined on concertina by Rob Harbron to present Bird Tunes, an exquisite new suite of folk tunes with birdsong at their core.  Miranda has crafted every tune in the project out of fragments of birdsong which she recorded on her phone during woodland walks near her home.  The suite is both a love song to the intricacy and beauty of birdsong, and a timely reminder of the struggles with habitat loss and human-made dangers faced by migrating birds today.

FRANKIE ARCHER – The Nailsworth Festival Richard Valentine Memorial Concert

Tuesday 21 May 7.30pm | £12 / £5 concession


Frankie’s unique, fresh sound has pricked up the ears of fans and press, earning wonderful reviews from Tradfolk and Fresh on the Net. Her music has been played on BBC Radio 2, 3 and BBC 6music, and she has featured on Jools Holland. Over the Border was chosen by Fatea for their Showcase Session and Close the Coalhouse Door was included on the BBC Introducing Mixtape.

Dan Whitehouse – A Night of Glass

Friday 14 June 7.30pm | £12 / £5 concessions


A Night of Glass – A musical journey into the heart of glass in its myriad manifestations.

Over the past two years, acclaimed singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse has been in a transparently reflective mood with three albums all themed around the physical and metaphorical nature of glass.

Influenced by keeping in contact with his young son living in Japan, ‘The Glass Age’ explores our screen-fixated society’s communication challenges. ‘Voices from the Cones’ commemorates glassmaking history in Stourbridge, and ‘Reflections on the Glass Age’ offers mirror images of the first album, the same songs refracted through acoustic reinterpretations, intimately sung and played to distill the sweet melancholia of the material.

Exhibitions

Ware Where Wear – Ruskin Mill Staff

Friday 19 Jan – Saturday 24 Feb


A group exhibition of art and craft by Ruskin Mill staff. They explore the interconnection of each other’s art and craft practices with the significance of place in the provenance of materials, the processes of making, and the utility of both art and craft objects to individuals and the community.

(Thursday 25 January and Thursday 22 February closed 9am – 1pm)

Rock Music – Peter Stiles

Tuesday 27 Feb – Sunday 24 March


“I’m looking for a kind of breadth in a picture that allows us to breathe more freely. I want to make people feel better when they leave the show than when they came in, either by waking them up to something good – or giving them the strength to deal with the bad.”

Meet the artist Sunday 3 March 2pm – 5pm

Dom Thompson – photography

Wed 27 March – Sunday 21 April


Dom Thompson is a professional photographer, videographer, pianist and founder of Expoja Photography (expoja.co.uk), showcasing the vast array of beautiful images captured by Dom on his travels across the length and breadth of the UK, following his fixation with lakes, rivers and the sea. His latest stunning collection of work comprises an impressive selection of portrait, landscape, street and wildlife pieces, exploring the relationship between light and the subject.

Storytelling

Tam Lin Retold – Corinne Harragin and Nick Hart

Friday 1 March 7.30pm – £12 / £5 concessions
Combined ticket for performance and workshop £40 / £25 (concession)


This piece of storytelling performance is inspired by the well-known English/Scots border Ballad of Tam Lin accompanied by live music. The ballad may be known as Tam Lin, but he’s only a part of it. Part sung, part told, this is a tale of poison, pluck and changing shape; Tam Lin Retold explores untold stories and unsung voices. Enchanting and sharp in equal measure, this is badass border balladry for the old and the new.

(Thursday 25 January and Thursday 22 February closed 9am – 1pm)

Storytelling workshop

Saturday 2 March 2pm – 4.30pm – £35 / £20 concessions


A welcoming and playful introduction to the craft of oral storytelling with professional storyteller and workshop facilitator, Corinne Harragin.
This workshop is suitable for anyone who is ready to take the plunge into storytelling for the first time, or those who have some experience in performance that they would like to build on.

Booking and more information: www.corinneharragin.co.uk/workshops

Storytelling Sundays – Fiona Eadie & Ariane Olner

21 January, 11 February, 17 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm


Come and enjoy the wonder, wit, mystery and magic of stories from all over the world with storytellers Fiona Eadie and Ariane Olner.

Stories are for everyone – adults without children are as welcome as children with adults. Suggested ages 5–105.

No need to book, pay on the door (cash please) £5 adult, £4 child, £12 family

Connect to Nature

Community Volunteer Saturdays

16 March, 13 April, 9.30am – 1pm


Come and join us in enhancing and maintaining our beautiful landscape, and afterwards enjoy a complimentary lunch in the café.
Meet at Horsley Mill courtyard.

Booking essential 01453 837537

Ruskin Mill Walk – Part of Horsley Unwrapped Festival

Saturday 24 February 11am – 1.30pm


Led by Mattias Emous and Rachael Austin, this is a guided walk and introduction to the craft workshops along the valley and on to the exhibition at Ruskin Mill, followed by pizza!

Age 16+, booking essential through
www.bookwhen.com/horsleyunwrapped