On one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, the University of Sheffield and the Guild of St George present a series of talks, visual projections, artworks and activities inspired by John Ruskin’s belief that There Is No Wealth But Life.
People of all ages can learn more about the natural, social and cultural wealth on their doorstep.
Adults and children are invited to have a go at making their own natural wealth and hear leading national and local speakers.
It starts with a spectacle on Saturday afternoon with Wonder-Full Wealth with a projection on to the outside of Upper Chapel on Norfolk Street in the city centre.
Images and quotes from people in Sheffield will be mixed in with views of the world’s great thinkers and reformers including John Ruskin, Rachel Carson, Martin Luther King and Gandhi.
Throughout the day on Sunday there are free talks, exhibitions and activities for adults and children at the Millennium Gallery, presented in partnership with Museums Sheffield:
At noon, Manifesto For Wealth offers insights into the wealth that matters from an inspiring line-up of people including Julia Udall of Portland Works Steering Group;Tony Bowring from refugee arts network Arts on the Run, Arts on the Run, woodland historian Felicity Stout, Jason Leman of Sheffield Equality Group; Sara Hill from Opus Independents, city councillor Ben Curran, Councillor and philosopher Christopher Bennett. The discussion will be chaired by Jane Hodson of the University of Sheffield.
At 2pm, some of the country’s leading thinkers talk about the Wealth That Matters: How To Make It and Spend It. Speakers are Andrew Simms, former policy director at the New Economics Foundation, and author of the best-selling Tescopoly, and Cancel the Apocolypse; Fiona Reynolds, former director-general of the National Trust and Clive Wilmer, Master of the Guild of St George. The Guild’s Ruskin Collection at the Millennium Gallery was donated to Sheffield’s workers in the late 19th Century to inspire and educate them.
Throughout the day exhibitions and drop-in activities on the theme of Natural Wealth will show what people on the 83 bus route think of wealth in Sheffield, how the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture helps make better places to live and connections between the Peak District, people, and the city.
Visitors can see wealth through the eyes of people working with Shelter and Stories from the Streets, help create a huge silver birch Tree of Wealth artwork, or make a creature to take home with outdoor youth theatre specialists Growtheatre.
There will also be introductions to the Ruskin Collection from the curator and workshops handling rare objects.
Wealthy Weekend is part of Being Human, the UK’s first national festival of the humanities. All events are free, no need to book.