The Hive JQ

The Hive is a community hub for Birmingham in an historic building, with an award-winning organic café and bakery, craft workshops, exhibitions and event spaces.

As part of the celebration of John Ruskin’s life and his contributions, particularly regarding architecture, Ruskin Mill Trust reflected on the re-imagining of six buildings across the Trust, their architectural, economic and social significance and their transformations.

This exhibition looks back through the history of these buildings, referencing John Ruskin’s views on architecture and in particular his book The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849).

The vision and drive for the restoration and development of these buildings was led by Aonghus Gordon, Founder and Director of Ruskin Mill Trust, guided by the principles of John Ruskin, Rudolf Steiner and William Morris, and informed by the observational methods of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The work has de-industrialised the buildings, transforming the scorpion’s sting of the industrial revolution into the dove of vital beauty.