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John Riddy: Praeterita

To celebrate the centenary of the death of John Ruskin in 2000, the Ruskin School of Art invited John Riddy to produce a new body of work about the places, spaces and objects that helped Ruskin make sense of the world around him.

Riddy’s project took its name and inspiration from Ruskin’s final book, the first portion of his incomplete autobiography, and the project celebrated and sustained the author’s vocal and well-documented support for living artists.

An exhibition of Riddy’s photographs toured England as part of the Millennium Festival, bringing Ruskin’s influential thinking before a wider audience and underlining its continuing relevance in the areas of art, literature, economics, social policy and morality. The exhibition supplement featured an essay by Nicholas Shrimpton, Tutor in English Literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and the project was documented in a large-format publication featuring high-quality reproductions of all twenty-eight images.

Commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art and supported by funding from the Millennium Commission as part of the Millennium Festival and Southern Arts.