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. She is a natural maker of artifacts, and, following experimentation with a variety of crafts, drawing and painting, her work now focuses on the making of pictures.

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 we make pictures and share valuable skills. She works as a freelance artist in the community and explores the coastline around her home.


Exhibitions, Publications and Commissions

2017 Make it Better (mitber) CIC Managing Director

2016 Box and Cox – Handwork commission for wedding ceremonies

2016 Access Art – Online technical resource 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 –  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


Freelance Employment

November 2017

Signs and Wonders, Community UV Paintings Lumiere Festival Redruth, The Day Light Group

October 2017

Newave Creative Education, Year 5 Arts Week, Hanbury Primary School

July 2016

Truro College, Illustration A2, mural at Threemilestone Primary School

January 2014 to date

Happy Crafters Project, Miners Court, Redruth, shortlisted Arts for Health South West 2016 Awards

March 2013               

Gyllyngdune Gardens and Princess Pavilions Falmouth Artist in residence funded by Heritage Lottery

August 2013               

Age Concern Falmouth Sensory garden mural project funded by Cornwall 100 club

October 2013             

The Big Draw ‘Gyllyngdune Gardens Scroll Of Invention’ Falmouth

October 2012             

Care2dance’ Intergenerational multi disciplinary arts project with schools and care homes around Cornwall. Funded by FEAST, Cornwall Council

2009 onwards

Ongoing Artist run groups in the social care sector around Truro, Falmouth and Newquay with Cornwall Care and independent care homes.

August 2012

Arts for Health Cornwall and Scilly Isles, Memory Cafés, half-day arts projects for people with memory problems



2009 Hall Green School, Birmingham                        Teacher of Art from year 7 to 11 GCSE, AS – A level

2008 Great Barr School                                                  Teacher of Art and GCSE photography

2008 Cadburys 6th Form College                                 Media Technician and Teacher of AS – A Level Photography

2009 Birmingham City University                               Visiting tutor for BA Hons Visual Communications

2009 University College Falmouth October               Visiting Tutor for MA Photography


1995-2007 Sandwell College, West Midlands

.8 Lecturer Teaching Creative Studies and Skills for Life to vulnerable adults, learning disabilities using the Critical Skills model

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


September 2007- July 2008 University College Falmouth

MA Photography


September 1998- July 2000 Wolverhampton University

P.G.C.E further, adult and higher education


September 1991- July 1994 Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

B.A Hons Fine Art


September 1989- July 1990 Bournemouth College of Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design


September 1988- July 1989 Kingsway Polytechnic, London

B-Tec Jewellery Design Diploma



2007 – Critical Skills (education by design)

2006 – Bookbinding

2005 – European Computer Driving Licence

2004 – Managing challenging behaviour

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

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