Events at Ruskin Mill

All events take place in the Ruskin Mill Gallery in Nailsworth unless otherwise specified.

How to book

Please book for events by either telephone or email 01453 837537 or [email protected]

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 at Ruskin Mill are wheelchair accessible, do contact us if you have any specific requirements.


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.


Eli West Trio

Friday 21 April 7.30pm
£15 / £5 concession

On his way to the 2023 Shetland Folk Festival, we warmly welcome bluegrass genius Eli West who will be joined by Patrick M’Gonigle on fiddle and Forrest Marowitz on double bass.

It’s always illuminating to ask an artist how they understand music, but Eli West’s perspective is nothing short of ground-breaking. A trained designer, he sees music architecturally, visualising his compositions spatially. It’s a highly unusual way to think about music, tied to his verdant natural world of the Pacific Northwest. On his new album, Tapered Point of Stone, West lays out original songs and tunes like houses built by hand, weaving their melodies into the setting of acoustic roots music that first inspired him.

“Making music the world needs.”

– Tim O’Brien

“Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff.”

– Martin Simpson


Eli West


Friday 17 March 7.30pm

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense; instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.

“Music of a rich, sinewy immersion, guided by a mutual sense of exploration, space and a very English kind of swing. It’s an intimate, contemporary reinvention of the source material.” The Guardian

£20 / £5 concessions (under 25s)



States of Matter

Thursday 12 Jan – Sunday 19 Feb

Ruskin Mill staff exhibit artworks aligned to their craft specialisms linked by the theme of the four elements – fire, water, earth and air.

Stroud School of Art

Tuesday 21 February – Sunday 5 March

We are a group of five degree students, currently in our second year of the Foundation Degree Art and Design (FdA) Fine Art degree course at SGS Stroud School of Art.

Our work is evidence of exploration through a variety of media and processes which include drawing, printmaking, 3D and painting – all connected to our studies over the last two years. The course has given us the opportunity to refine and develop our diverse work and ideas as practising artists, and Ruskin Mill has given us this opportunity to gain experience of exhibiting in a public gallery.


Thursday 9 March – Sunday 2 April

An exhibition of works on paper, cloth and photography by Simon Packard and Maisie Pack working as @packedfullofpattern that takes inspiration from walls in Paris, Palermo and Pendeen.

Stroud School of Art student work


Faith, Fate and Fortune – Stories of Choice and Chance

Friday 24 March 7.30pm

Storytellers Fiona Eadie and Hannah Moore bring you an evening of wisdom and humour from the old tales.

Join them for a journey along the sometimes comic, sometimes dangerous line between choice and chance, in this programme full of fools and sages, hurdles and hiccoughs, doom and destiny…

£10 / £5 concessions (under 25s)

Storytelling Sundays with Fiona Eadie & Ariane Olner

22 Jan, 19 Feb and 19 Mar 2.30pm start, finish 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.

Enquiries: [email protected]

Fireplace with burning logs


Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy

Friday 3 February 7.30pm

Hailed as a masterpiece, this film brings you face to face with the unbroken continuity of Tibet’s ancient culture.

We see the Dalai Lama as spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan community in India, experience the performance of a monastic ritual in Nepal, and listen to teachings on impermanence and death amongst the mountains of Ladakh. The film brings you powerfully to a place of meditation.

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy was made with the close co-operation of the Dalai Lama, and takes you on an intimate journey deep into the heart of Buddhist culture. First shown at Ruskin Mill in the 1980s, the Trilogy is now re-edited and re-mastered (134 minutes with subtitles).

The evening is introduced by Pip Heywood, who edited the film.

Please book, entry free with a collection for the Orient Foundation

View of Tibetan monasteries

Community Volunteer Saturdays

Saturdays: 4 March and 25 March 9.30am start, finish 1pm

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

Booking essential