Ruth studied Fine Art in Birmingham, followed by an MA in Photography at Falmouth, where she was identified as one of the best MA students in the British Journal of Photography in 2008. Her credits include book and album covers, and she has taught photography and art at all levels to all abilities. Her work in varied institutions has reinforced her interest in how mankind makes pictures and in sharing the skills which give meaning to her life. She now runs a social enterprise CIC and works freelance as an artist.


Exhibitions, Publications, Awards and Commissions

2021 Creative Kernow, G7 behind the postcard

2021 Hypatia Trust, Women of Cornish Music: Past & Present, illustration and editing of interview

2021 Falmouth Art Gallery, In her shoes artworks and stories of the female artists, giclee print

2020 DIASPORA – Winter festival of light, UV installation.

2019 REFLECT Arts + Minds project – Time to sit and stare, photographic intervention

2017 Signs and Wonders – Winter festival of light, UV large scale paintings

2017 Falmouth Town Council – Tea documentary for tea festival

2016 Arts for Health South West Awards – shortlisted for the Happy Crafters

2016 Box and Cox – Handwork commission for wedding services

2016 Access Art – Online contributor

2015 Tough Dough – Harveys of Bond Street, Redruth

2014 Summerland – Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth

2013 Constructed Worlds – Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth

2012 The Sensory Trust – Dementia Uncovered Digital Commission

2011 Poldhu Mosaic – Poldhu Nursing Home

2009 Half stop Cornwall – Group show

2008 British Journal of Photography – Pick of the MA crop

2008 Photomonth London – Light Rain Show

2005 Goodbye Hessle Road by Daphne Glazer – Cover Photography

2005 Keeping the faith – documentary Book Photo editor

2004 The Afterglow by Anthony Cartwright – Cover Photography

2003 Lee Bank Studio – Birmingham Artists Show

1994 Elle Decoration – Spread on ABDAB candles

1993 Custard Factory Birmingham – Forty-eight not out show


Learning and Engagement

2017 – ongoing Make it Better CIC

Incorporation of Make it better (Mitber) CIC – Supporting communities to live well through the arts (mitber.com). Development of products and services for the care, housing, volunteer and social sectors including direct arts and making sessions.

2021     The University of Exeter, Health and Environment Public engagement, consultancy

2021     Arts Council England, Discover Smartphone Photography Cornwall

2020     Cornwall Council, Suicide prevention and innovation photography project award

2020     Baring Foundation, Creatively Minded digital arts award

2020     Little Owl Trust and Falmouth Town Council, Discover smartphone photography

2019     Smartline digital storytelling projects

2019     Cornwall Community Foundation Award, St Austell photography project

2019     Cornwall Women’s Centre, Young empowered women – photography and digital wellbeing

2019     University of Exeter career zone –presentation community arts and outreach

2019     Cornwall Neighbourhoods for change – smartphone photography project

2018     Short courses ‘creativity in care’ for activity coordinators and residents at Live west, Plymouth

2018     Age UK Plymouth, short photography course and setup of Plymstock photography group

2017     Newave Arts Week Residency, Guns Village Primary, West Bromwich

2014     Happy Crafters Project, Miners Court, Redruth

2016     Truro College, Illustration A2, mural at Threemilestone Primary School

2013      Gyllyngdune Gardens and Princess Pavilions Falmouth Artist in residence

2013      Age Concern Falmouth Sensory garden mural project

2013      The Big Draw ‘Gyllyngdune Gardens Scroll of Invention’ Falmouth

2012      Care2dance’ Intergenerational arts project with schools and care homes

2012      Arts for Health Cornwall and Scilly Isles, Memory Cafés, half-day arts projects

2009 -2017       11 freelance Artist run groups in the social care sector around Mid Cornwall

2009 Hall Green School, Birmingham                 Teacher of Art from year 7

2008 Great Barr School, Birmingham                 Teacher of Art and GCSE photography

2008 Cadburys 6th Form College                       Technician and Teacher of Photography

2009 Birmingham City University                        Visiting Tutor for BA Hons Visual Communications

2009 University College Falmouth                      Visiting Tutor for MA Photography

1995-2007 Sandwell College, West Midlands

.8 Lecturer Teaching Creative Studies and Skills for Life to people with learning disabilities

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design tutor, History of Art and Contextual Studies and Life Drawing

Mentor for student teachers

2005 Dynamic Arts, Sandwell                            Artist residencies with youth work teams

2003-2005 Hays Agency                                    GCSE and A – A2 Level Art and Design part time

1996-2002 Birmingham Leisure Services            Drawing and Painting Tutor

1995 ABDAB Candles, Birmingham                    Business setup, candle production and marketing

1988-1989 Madeline Coles Jewellers, London    Trainee designer and Maker of Jewellery


Sept 2007- Jul 2008 University College Falmouth                        MA Photography

Sept 1998- Jul 2000 Wolverhampton University                          PGCE Further, Adult and Higher

Sept 1991- Jul 1994 Birmingham Institute of Art and Design        BA Hons Fine Art

Sept 1989- Jul 1990 Bournemouth College of Art and Design      Foundation Diploma in Art

Sept 1988- Jul 1989 Kingsway Polytechnic, London                    YTS trainee Jewellery Design

Training and skills

2021 – Suicide Prevention First Aid

2019 – School for Social Entrepreneurs, trade up programme

2017 – Unlimited, transforming aging

2007 – Critical Skills (education by design)

2006 – Bookbinding

2005 – European Computer Driving License

2004 – Pre-entry skills for life

2003 – Papermaking

2001 – Adobe Photoshop

2001 – Water based screen-printing and etching

2000 – Off site safety management

1999 – First aid at work

1998 – Community and advocacy workshop

1997 – City and Guilds 740 Continuing professional development, special needs