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. 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

2020 DIASPAURA, 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 community project

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

2020 Cornwall Council, Suicide prevention and innovation award smartphone photography

2020 Baring Foundation, Creatively Minded digital arts

Sept- Dec 2020    Falmouth Discover smartphone photography

April – Sept 2019  Smartline smartphone community social, people and places digital storytelling projects

Oct – Dec 2019   Treverbyn Hall smartphone photography project

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

Jun 2019            University of Exeter career zone – 1 day presentation community arts and outreach

Jan – Jul 2019     Cornwall Neighbourhoods for change – smartphone photography project

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

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

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.We enable communities to access quality arts and making activities, which we recognise and protect as human rights.

Oct 2017

Newave Arts Week Residency, Guns Village Primary, West Bromwich

2014- 2017

Happy Crafters Project, Miners Court, Redruth

Jul 2016

Truro College, Illustration A2, mural at Threemilestone Primary School

2013 – 2014

Gyllyngdune Gardens and Princess Pavilions Falmouth Artist in residence

Aug 2013

Age Concern Falmouth Sensory garden mural project

Oct 2013

The Big Draw ‘Gyllyngdune Gardens Scroll of Invention’ Falmouth

Oct – Dec 2012

Care2dance’ Intergenerational multi-disciplinary arts project with schools and care homes

Aug 2012

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

2009 -2017

11 freelance Artist run groups in the social care sector around Truro, Falmouth and Newquay


Hall Green School – Birmingham  Teacher of Art from year 7 to 11 GCSE, AS – A level


Great Barr School – Teacher of Art and GCSE photography

Cadburys 6th Form College – Media Technician and Teacher of AS – A Level Photography


Birmingham City University – Visiting Tutor for BA Hons Visual Communications

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, West Midlands

Artist residencies with youth work teams Sandwell

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

Designer and Maker of Jewellery


October 2019 0nwards                                                    

School for Social Entrepreneurs – trade up programme

Sept 2007- Jul 2008 University College Falmouth               

MA Photography

Sept 1998- Jul 2000 Wolverhampton University                  

PGCE Further, Adult and Higher education

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 and Design

Sept 1988- Jul 1989 Kingsway Polytechnic, London                        

YTS trainee Jewellery Design