Born 1971, Ipswich, UK
Lives and works in Birmingham, UK

Solo Exhibitions/projects

In Intimacy New Solitudes, New Art Gallery Walsall
Nomadic Vitrine, Recent Activity, Birmingham

Specular Spectacular, Pippy Houldsworth, London
Synthetic Worlds (Two Women), Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, UK. Piece permanently sited in the gallery, commissioned with the Contemporary Art Society

Ocularspectacular (Seated Peasant), The Box, Pippy Houldsworth, London

Postcards, Small Collections, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
Synthetic Worlds, SITE, Santa Fe, USA

Lands End, Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva, Switzerland
Lands End, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool
Lands End, Spike Island, Bristol

Lands End, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
Interventions, Barber Institute, Birmingham
Lands End, Oriel Davies, Wales
Postcards, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Legerdemains, Cabinet Magazine, New York, USA

A Place of Rainbows, Arquebuse, Geneva, Switzerland
Ruth Claxton, The Collective, Edinburgh

I thought I was the Audience and then I looked at You, University Gallery, Colchester

Public Works

Rainbow Flock, Royal London Hospital, commissioned by Vital Arts

House of Beasts, Attingham Park, commissioned by Meadow Arts

And My Eyes Danced, Wonders of Weston, commissioned by Situations and Field Art Projects, Weston Super-Mare

Selected group exhibitions

Life of Clay: Experimental Practice at Grymsdyke Farm, RIBA, London
Some are Nights Others Stars, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
Recent Activity, Birmingham
In Intimacy New Solitudes, New Art Gallery, Walsall

Studio Capri, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
Oculist Witness: According to Duchamp, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Found, The New Art Gallery Walsall

Back to the Future, Festival of Light, Longbridge, Birmingham
Morphisation, APT Studios and Gallery, London
Speaking Space - If buildings were sentient, Collyer Bristow, London, Curated by Day + Gluckman
Rift/Riff, Baltic39, Newcastle Upon Tyne
The Postcard is a Public Work of Art, X Marks the Bökship, London

The Unseen, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art, China
Dawn Chorus, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
The Artists' Postcards Show, Spike Island, Bristol

Caprice, Galleria Paoula Curti, Milan, Italy
Versions and Diversions, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Ruinenelust, Perrots Folly, Birmingham

Remake-Remodel, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Undone, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Contemporary Eye: Crossovers, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Daybreakers, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
The Figurine Dialogue, curated by Päivi Ernkvist, Crystal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

Artisterium, 2nd Tblisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Georgia
Trade City, Exocet and Contemporary Art Manchester, Manchester
Known Unknown, Gallery Loop, Seoul, South Korea
Gothic Contemporary Art Society fundraising exhibition, Sothebys, London
Back of the Head, Cooper Gallery, Dundee
Fantopia, Mothers Tankstation, Dublin

Miami NADA, with Arquebuse
Zoo Art Fair, London with Arquebuse and Eastside Projects
Make Believe (part of Concrete and Glass), Shoreditch, London
The Art of Birmingham 1939–2008, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
No End in Sight, Galerie Polaris, Paris, France
The Golden Record, The Collective, Edinburgh, The Collection, Lincoln
Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London

Zoo Art Fair, London with Arquebuse and Strategic Questions
Decadence, Decay and the Demimonde, Home House, London
The Islanders, Nettie Horn, London
An Archaeology, Project Space 176, London
Self Effaced, fa Projects, London
Paulette Phillips, Marie-France & Patricia Martin, Ruth Claxton, Danielle Arnaud, London
Extreme Crafts, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
Flock, Arquebuse, Geneva, Switzerland
Citadel, David Risley, London
What is Comprehension?, Strategic Questions, 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy
Salon 2007 — New British painting and works on paper, 319 Portobello Road, London
Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London
Things we lost in the Fire, Leicester City Art Gallery

Personne ne veut mourir, Arquebuse, Geneva, Switzerland
Jaggy Edge, Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh and touring
London Elsewhere, Gallerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, Germany
Contemporary Art Society Collectors Group Event, Industrial Museum, Bristol
The new Birmingham school of business school, Island House, Birmingham
Drawing Links, The Drawing Room, London, International3, Manchester, Outpost, Norwich
Things we lost in the fire, Transition, London
Brownfields, Lounge, London, MAC, Birmingham

Globalocal, curated by Kenny Schachter, NAB, Birmingham
Zoo Art Fair, LOT
All at once and all together at the same time, Colony, Birmingham
Discomfort, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (catalogue)
Orphan, Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Doppler Effect — The Questions Archive, residency with Kelly Large, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, Australia
The Rudiments of Ornamental Composition, LOT, Bristol

Commonground, Artsway, Hampshire
The Doppler Effect part 1, (collaboration with Sandra Bridie) Ocular Lab, Melbourne, Australia, developed with Kelly Large
Crystal Peaks, S1 Projects, Sheffield
Pilot 1, Limehouse Town Hall, London
Clash, curated by Andrew Marsh, City Space, Birmingham (catalogue)
XS, fa Projects, London

Cabinet of Curiosities, Curating Contemporary Art Department, Royal College of Art, London
Cultivate, commissioned site-specific piece, Oak House, West Bromwich
East International, selected by Toby Webster and Eva Rothschild, Norwich Gallery (catalogue)
Wunderkammer, Custard Factory, Birmingham
Mostyn 13, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno (catalogue)
We are Relentless, Custard Factory, Birmingham

Site-specific installation, British Council Project, Museum of Art and Antiquities, Khartoum, Sudan


Artists Postcards, A Compendium, Jeremy Cooper. Pub Reaktion Books

Collective 1984-2009. Pub. Revolver VVV and Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Ruth Claxton : Lands End. Texts by Sally O’Reilly, Jonathon Watkins and Marie Anne Mcquay. Pub. IKON Gallery, Birmingham
Fragiles. Pub. De Gestalten Verlag
Furnish. Pub. De Gestalten Verlag

Generator 1 and 2. Text by Gavin Wade and Sally Shaw. Pub. Article Press
Uber die Sinne. Pub. Oberosterreichiscghe Landesmuseum, Linz
Becks Futures, text by Clare Doherty. Pub. ICA London
Drawing Links, text by Helen Legg. Pub. The Drawing Room, London

Ruth Claxton : I thought I was the Audience and then I looked at You, text by Helen Legg. Pub. University of Essex

East International, text by Lynda Morris, catalogue. Pub. Norwich Gallery
Mostyn 13. Pub. Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno


'Synthetic Worlds' Review. Kitamura, Katie, Frieze July/August
'House of Beasts' Review. Charlotte Cripps, The Independent, 8th July
Reviews – 'Dawnbreakers', a-n magazine, September
'Wonders of Weston'. Front Row. Radio 4. 06/08

'Looking Back : Emerging Artists', nominated by Mike Stanley. Frieze, Jan/Feb

Urwin Jones, Sarah, 'Sight Specific'. The Herald, 01/11
Front cover and artists story. a-n magazine , October
Schwabsky, Barry, 'Ruth Claxton, IKON Gallery'. Art Forum, Sept
Clarke, Robert, 'Preview, Postcards', Ingleby Gallery. Guardian Guide 04/10
'New Work : Ruth Claxton'. Art World Magazine, June
Kahn, Eve, 'Mangle with Care'. ID Magazine, (New York)
Pitt, Nathaniel, 'Two Artists, One Day'. Art of England Magazine, April
Clarke, Robert, 'Preview, Lands End at IKON Gallery'. Guardian Guide 29/03
Shaw, Emma, 'Ceramics and Installation'. Ceramics Review, Jan/Feb

Mulrooney, Anne, 'Ruth Claxton'. Total:Spec, Sept
'Legerdemains', Artists Project, Magic Issue. Cabinet Magazine
Clarke Robert, 'Preview, Things We Lost in the Fire'. Guardian Guide 10/03

Neal, Jane, 'A Place of Rainbows'. Flash Art, Nov.
'Artists Profiles, Ruth Claxton', Garageland

James, Sarah, 'The Rudiments of Ornamental Composition'. Art Monthly, May
Trigg, David, 'The Rudiments of Ornamental Composition'. a-n Magazine, May
Falconer, Morgan, 'Visual Art : Fabrication'. The Times 27/09
Withers Jane, 'Breaking the Mould'. Wallpaper magazine, May

Kyriacou, Sotiris, 'East International'. Contemporary, issue 56
Smith, Dan, 'East International'. Art Monthly, September
Webb, Simon, 'Wunderkammer'. Metro, 08/04

Projects and other activity

Creative Director STEAMhouse Phase 1 (ongoing)

Production Show 2016–2018, Co curated with Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects
Artists’ Studio Residency, New Art Gallery Walsall

Project Manager, Workshop Birmingham (ongoing)
Birmingham Show, co curated with Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects
Samara Scott: Silks, co curated with Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects

Project Manager, Birmingham Art Map (ongoing)

Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker and Alice Channer, Eastside Projects, co-curated with Gavin Wade
Rotate Contemporary Art Society, London, co-curated with Cheryl Jones

Associate Director, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (ongoing)

Residency, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
Sculpture Show, Eastside Projects, co-curated with Gavin Wade

Company Director, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Lecturer, BA Art & Design, Birmingham City University,

Mentor, BCAF, Bristol

Visiting Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

SW Arts Residency, Spike Island, Bristol
Workshop leader, British Council Project, Damascus, Syria

Pub Conversations, Birmingham (as part of Self Service)

Mentor, Commissions East, Cambridge

Alexsandra Mir and Robert Orchardson, IPS Bournville, co curated with Gavin Wade
Sandra Bridie and the Questions Archive, IPS Bournville, co-curated with Kelly Large

Albrecht Schäfer and Michael Stumpf, IPS Bournville, co-curated with Gavin Wade
Doppler Effect, curatorial project between UK and Australia with Kelly Large
'Trading places', article, a-n collection series
Editor and website moderator,
Mentor, Artsway, Hampshire (for Arthouse)

'December Artists Story', article, a-n magazine

'Khartoum Challenge', article, a-n magazine
'Firing the Imagination in Khartoum', article, British Council News, Feb/May

Workshop leader, British Council Project, Khartoum, Sudan

Awards and Nominations

Awarded the Yoma Sasburg Fellowship for Sculpture by the Arts Foundation, UK
Nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts

Nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts

Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

Nominated for Art Futures by Miranda Sawyer
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

Nominated for Becks Futures by Claire Doherty
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

Arts Council England, West Midlands, Creative Ambition Award

Lattice Award, cross-college award for MA show

Royal College of Art, London, Bursary

West Midlands Arts, Creative Ambition Award


Arts Council Collection
Zabludowicz Collection
Goss Michael Collection
Frank Cohen Collection
Numerous other private collections