Ruth works with film and participation as part of her practice. She is currently engaged in The River Runs Through Us, a collaborative project with sound artist Stuart Bowditch, working with the people and communities along the River Stour, which flows through Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. This includes a film, walks, wild swims and an exhibition in the Stour Valley 2017-18 and is supported by Arts Council England and Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project. Follow on instagram @theriverrunsthroughus, on Twitter @TheRiverRunsTU and on Facebook The River Runs Through Us.
This project led to the new River Stour Festival, taking place throughout 2018, Ruth is acting as director, working with a steering group of local organisations and individuals. The festival is supported by Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project and Suffolk Cottage Holidays. Follow the River Stour Festival on instagram @riverstourfestival, Twitter @riverstourfest and Facebook River Stour Festival
Recently Ruth and Stuart Bowditch have been awarded a British Council Artists' International Development Fund grant to research their new project Fabric: Silk Road and make a month-long trip to China in October 2018. This is a cultural, travel and ethnographic project involving exchanging silk from the silk weaving companies in Sudbury with silk manufacturers and museums in Xi'an and Nanjing in China. Ruth had work in Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 Painters of the 21st Century, a touring exhibition in China in 2017-18 which led to making cultural connections with museums and galleries there. She is included in an exhibition at Yantai Art Museum in September - October 2018 and is also undertaking a residency there. Fabric: Silk Road involves a return trip from China along the Silk Road planned for 2019, in order to re-assess the current state of silk, silk weaving and silk museums along the route, connecting with people and place.
Ruth is also working on We Are The Weather, a research participatory art/science project with sound artist Stuart Bowditch that explores internal and external weather, to improve mental health and wellbeing. In 2017 Ruth & Stuart undertook a residency at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout looking into mood, colour and weather using the Manchester Colour Wheel devised by Professor Peter Whorwell and Doctor Helen Carruthers. Follow this on instagram @wearetheweather, Twitter @internalweather and on Facebook We Are The Weather