Ruskin Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the historic building of WM College in Camden. In addition to providing students the opportunity to show at a professional level, the exhibition programme at Ruskin Gallery involves inviting external artists for site specific projects.

About WM College

Working Men’s College (WMC), the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act. You might also be interested to know that 70% of our students are women!

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Courses at WM College

We offer a diverse range of daytime, evening and weekend courses for adults in art and design, humanities, performance arts, languages, EFL and ESOL, English and Maths, as well as IT and vocational courses. Our full-time and part-time Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design, Fashion and Jewellery prepare you for further study.

Our courses will provide students with the full range of skills, ideas and practical approaches. Our teachers are highly experienced teachers and practising artists and have been specially chosen for their levels of expertise and teaching abilities in their particular area of study.

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