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 communities has reinforced her interest in the links between creativity and health. She is a dyslexic thinker who runs a social enterprise and works freelance as an artist.


Exhibitions, Publications, Awards and Commissions

2023 Active Looking Project, community prints Grays Wharf Gallery Penryn

2022 Diskudha Skeusenieth Kernow, touring show

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

 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.

2023     The ALP Socially engaged photography project funded until 2025 by The National Lottery

2023     Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Natur Sowena photography social prescribing project

2022     Artslab, animation workshops and exhibition with young people from Brannel School

2022     Smartline The University of Exeter, community film making project

2022     Cornwall Council, Suicide prevention and innovation photography project

2022     Cornwall Council, Suicide prevention and innovation mentoring new award winners

2022     Creative Kernow, Artslab digital arts project to support good mental health in schools

2022     Artswell, Museum of Cornish Life, 6 weeks of creative activities for social prescribing

2021     Falmouth Art Gallery, Splanna! Young peoples climate change activism project

2021     Volunteer Cornwall, Smartphone photography projects to support community wellbeing

2021     Cornwall Council Local Heritage List, using smartphone photography for research workshops

2021     Cornwall Community Foundation Headstart legacy fund, wellbeing through memes and gifs

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


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