Ruth is an Artist working in mixed-media installation, placing particular emphasis on Printmaking and Artists’ Books.  As an Artist involved in the making of Artists’ Books, language is always her starting point; her finishing point is the book as an art object.  For Ruth the joy in her practice occurs in the process between these two points. This is where challenges occur, experimentation takes place and the unexpected can happen.

Additionally, Ruth has a background in education, having been a Lecturer in both the FE and HE sectors, more latterly within the field of Special Needs Education. Past experience also includes facilitation of skills-based art workshops/residencies for small groups, as well as workshops involving deeper process.

Ruth worked with the award winning Oxford-based charity My Life My Choice MLMC for twelve years and continues to co-ordinate and facilitate self-advocacy groups across Oxfordshire. She continues to facilitate three of these groups on a freelance basis.  During 2014 Ruth completed an in depth facilitation training in the Creative Community Model with PYE Global, Partners for Youth Empowerment ‘The Art of Facilitation’.  Ruth is currently working in partnership on a new Social Enterprise utilising her creative skills:  https://www.sustainablesource.org.uk


Wounds Which Show

Wounds Which Show


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    Philippa Burne April 20, 2016

    I have spent far too long looking at this fascinating website and have become truly absorbed. Ruth, your work is remarkable. For me the ‘layers’ within each creation have provoked self-questioning and reflection. No doubt this is a good thing even tho’ the experience has been tiring, too. Your authenticity radiates through as word, image and book join together on the page. I look forward to viewing your work ‘in the flesh’ (wounds and all) …. Pip

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      ruth shaw-williams April 20, 2016

      Glad you like it Philippa, thanks so much for the comments.

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