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

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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“A beautiful snapshot of two musicians at the pinnacle of their craft. Listeners will find themselves lost in something magical; anyone will struggle to find something as masterful as this for a long, long time” Bright Young Folk.

These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.


Esmé Clutterbuck trained in Fine Art at Portsmouth Polytechnic, the RA Schools and Central/St. Martins and has a studio in Bristol. She works with drawing, photography and print. She has had work in numerous open exhibitions: most recently the RA Summer Exhibition and this year’s RWA Photo Open.

Her drawings are made on a variety of surfaces, including digital images, magazine pages, walls, flannels and domestic linens.

Her most recent drawings are made with Bideford Black and other earth pigments sourced in North Devon. Initially they were planned as a series of 100 small drawings, although that has now grown to include other sizes and some much larger wall drawings. “Working rapidly, in fairly quick succession, allowed me the freedom to follow an initial impulse wherever it went.”

The drawings are reminiscent of fabric designs or the celebration of rituals. There is joy in the purely optical. They also suggest the scientific: cell formations, planets, solar systems, the cycles of life and the female body, generation and growth.

“I love the idea that our universe is essentially unstable: that substances are changeable, and that our bodies, whilst new in human terms, actually contain atoms that are billions of years old.”

Dates TBA

“An exhibition of hand rolled felt textiles and stitched appliques from my Sill Lives series (from my window sills, started in lockdown!)

I studied Fine Art followed by an MA in textiles at Goldsmiths where I became entranced by painting with wool. Wet felting is a physical method of shrinking wool fibres together, which enables permanent bonding, often causing the image to shift and appear animated.

This alchemy has facilitated, fascinated and challenged me ever since, and I have continued to develop processes and imagery for felt wall hangings, with exhibitions and commissions here and abroad.”

Community Events

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


Come and join us in enhancing and maintaining our beautiful landscape, and afterwards enjoy a complimentary lunch in the café.

Booking is essential so please call 01453 837537

Advent Spiral
Sunday 3 December | 4pm
The advent spiral is a journey for children, accompanied by gentle music and an angel guide. A beautiful, peaceful and reverent beginning to the Christmas festivities. Free

Christmas Market
Saturday 9 December | 10am–2pm
A treasure trove of beautiful, handmade goods from Ruskin Mill students, tutors, makers and artists. Make your own Christmas wreath and dip candles in our special workshops.

Children’s Christmas Stories at 11am and 1pm in the Festival Room with Fiona Eadie

Christmas Music and Singing
Sunday 17 December | 7.30pm
A candlelit evening for sharing seasonal stories and songs by the fire. Free