Ruth works on placemaking projects with communities as part of her practice; this often involves film and photography. She has recently completed 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 included a film that toured along the river during summer 2018, installation, exhibition, walks, wild swims and a book Stour and was supported by Arts Council England and Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Project.
This project led to the new River Stour Festival, an annual year-long festival along the River Stour that runs through Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk,. Ruth manages the programme, 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
Ruth and Stuart are currently working on Fabric: Silk Road a cultural, ethnographic and textile project exploring silk on the Silk Road. They were awarded a British Council Artists' International Development Fund grant to undertake a research trip to China in 2018, taking silk from the Gainsborough Silk Weaving company in Sudbury to Artall Cultural Industries, Nanjing; they visited sericulture plants, silk mills and museums. The next phase of the project will involve a journey along the Silk Road from Xi'an, China to the UK to assess the current state of silk, silk weaving and silk museums within places and communities along the route, making a gazetteer of silk on the Silk Road.
Ruth is also working on We Are The Weather, a research participatory art/science project with Stuart that explores internal and external weather, and their connections with mental health and wellbeing. In 2017 they 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