Biography

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

Solo Exhibitions/projects

2013
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

2012
Ocularspectacular (Seated Peasant), The Box, Pippy Houldsworth, London

2011
Postcards, Small Collections, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
Synthetic Worlds, SITE, Santa Fe, USA

2009
Lands End, Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva, Switzerland
Lands End, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool
Lands End, Spike Island, Bristol

2008
Lands End, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
Interventions, Barber Institute, Birmingham
Lands End, Oriel Davies, Wales
Postcards, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

2007
Legerdemains, Cabinet Magazine, New York, USA

2006
A Place of Rainbows, Arquebuse, Geneva, Switzerland
Ruth Claxton, The Collective, Edinburgh

2004
I thought I was the Audience and then I looked at You, University Gallery, Colchester

Public Works

2012
Rainbow Flock, Royal London Hospital, commissioned by Vital Arts

2011-12
House of Beasts, Attingham Park, commissioned by Meadow Arts

2010
And My Eyes Danced, Wonders of Weston, commissioned by Situations and Field Art Projects, Weston Super-Mare

Selected group exhibitions

2016
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

2015
Studio Capri, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
Oculist Witness: According to Duchamp, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Found, The New Art Gallery Walsall

2014
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

2012
The Unseen, Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Contemporary Art, China
Dawn Chorus, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
The Artists' Postcards Show, Spike Island, Bristol

2011
Caprice, Galleria Paoula Curti, Milan, Italy
Versions and Diversions, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Ruinenelust, Perrots Folly, Birmingham

2010
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

2009
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

2008
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

2007
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

2006
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

2005
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

2004
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

2003
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

2002
Site-specific installation, British Council Project, Museum of Art and Antiquities, Khartoum, Sudan

Publications

2012
Artists Postcards, A Compendium, Jeremy Cooper. Pub Reaktion Books

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

2008
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

2006
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

2004
Ruth Claxton : I thought I was the Audience and then I looked at You, text by Helen Legg. Pub. University of Essex

2003
East International, text by Lynda Morris, catalogue. Pub. Norwich Gallery
Mostyn 13. Pub. Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

Bibliography

2011
'Synthetic Worlds' Review. Kitamura, Katie, Frieze July/August
'House of Beasts' Review. Charlotte Cripps, The Independent, 8th July
2010
Reviews – 'Dawnbreakers', a-n magazine, September
'Wonders of Weston'. Front Row. Radio 4. 06/08

2009
'Looking Back : Emerging Artists', nominated by Mike Stanley. Frieze, Jan/Feb

2008
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

2007
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

2006
Neal, Jane, 'A Place of Rainbows'. Flash Art, Nov.
'Artists Profiles, Ruth Claxton', Garageland

2005
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

2003
Kyriacou, Sotiris, 'East International'. Contemporary, issue 56
Smith, Dan, 'East International'. Art Monthly, September
Webb, Simon, 'Wunderkammer'. Metro, 08/04

Projects and other activity

2017
Creative Director STEAMhouse Phase 1 (ongoing)

2016
Production Show 2016–2018, Co curated with Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects

2015
Project Manager, Workshop Birmingham (ongoing)
Birmingham Show, co curated with Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects
Samara Scott: Silks, co curated with Gavin Wade, Eastside Projects

2013
Project Manager, Birmingham Art Map (ongoing)

2012
Caroline Achaintre, Sara Barker and Alice Channer, Eastside Projects, co-curated with Gavin Wade
Rotate Contemporary Art Society, London, co-curated with Cheryl Jones

2011
Associate Director, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (ongoing)

2009
Residency, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
Sculpture Show, Eastside Projects, co-curated with Gavin Wade

2007–
Company Director, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

2004–2011
Lecturer, BA Art & Design, Birmingham City University,

2008
Mentor, BCAF, Bristol

2007–8
Visiting Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

2007
SW Arts Residency, Spike Island, Bristol
Workshop leader, British Council Project, Damascus, Syria

2006–8
Pub Conversations, Birmingham (as part of Self Service)
www.pubconversations.jellycast.com/podcast/feed/2

2005–7
Mentor, Commissions East, Cambridge

2006
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

2005
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, www.midwest.org.uk
Mentor, Artsway, Hampshire (for Arthouse)

2004
'December Artists Story', article, a-n magazine

2003
'Khartoum Challenge', article, a-n magazine
'Firing the Imagination in Khartoum', article, British Council News, Feb/May

2002
Workshop leader, British Council Project, Khartoum, Sudan

Awards and Nominations

2012
Awarded the Yoma Sasburg Fellowship for Sculpture by the Arts Foundation, UK
Nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts

2011
Nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts

2010
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

2007
Nominated for Art Futures by Miranda Sawyer
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

2006
Nominated for Becks Futures by Claire Doherty
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

2005
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

2004
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Grants for the Arts

2003–4
Arts Council England, West Midlands, Creative Ambition Award

2002
Lattice Award, cross-college award for MA show

2000–2
Royal College of Art, London, Bursary

2000
West Midlands Arts, Creative Ambition Award

Collections

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