Special event Adults

Ruskin Live: the 1853 Edinburgh Lecture

  • Thursday 24 October, 6.30-7.30pm (doors 6.15pm)
£ 15.00

To celebrate the 200th year since the birth of John Ruskin, join us for an enlightening and energetic performance based on the lectures of this leading art critic of the Victoria era.

In 1853, Ruskin delivered four lectures at the Philosophical Institution in Queen Street, Edinburgh. One of his themes was Gothic versus Neo-Classical architecture. His outspoken and controversial views caused uproar. In a re-enactment of the lecture on architecture, actor and art historian Paul O’Keeffe gives what critics have described as an ‘electrifying’ performance. It will change the way you look at Art, Architecture and the City of Edinburgh itself.

After the performance in the Great Hall at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, you can make your way to the cafe to enjoy a complimentary drink in the company of O'Keeffe. We are also offering 15%* off purchases at the shop.

*T&Cs apply. 15% discount is valid in our Scottish National Portrait Gallery shop on the evening of Thursday 24 October 6.15-7.30pm. Excludes custom prints, Friends memberships, tickets and gift vouchers. Not valid for online orders. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Paul O’Keeffe as Ruskin, photo credit Jo Hanley

Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Special event Adults

Ruskin Live: the 1853 Edinburgh Lecture

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