I work across a variety of sculpture formats including collage, drawing, sound, installation, performance duration. More recently I’ve been developing new work in writing and the voice around illness, disability, and care. My work often contemplates the built environment of the places where I exhibit through the relationship with my body, the viewing and felt experience. Within this my work considers material, environmental and sensory relations, and the politics of the body and labour, often through invisible processes such as energy transmission, the passage of time, cumulative and reductive forces. Liminality is central positions from which I seek a language and ways to express ideas of presence and absence, the material and immaterial. This state of in-between-ness is informed by my growing up and living with a chronic auto-immune condition where I need extended periods of time being away from, out of time, and suspended to rest my body, care, and recover.

SOLO & DUO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

Articulations, Comissioned by The National Festival of Making, Blackburn. (2022)
Ruth Barker, Hannah Leighton-Boyce & Jackie Kay, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow. (2019)
Dreaming of Dead Fish, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington. (2018)
Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. (2018)
Instruments of Industry, Touchstones Museum & Art Gallery, Rochdale. (2016)
The Event of The Thread, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire. (2014)
Standing at the Gates, Ackworth Quaker Meeting House, West Yorkshire. (2012)
Marking time, Weaving place, Brass Gallery, Leeds. (2011)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

Index of Convelescence, online. (2022); A precipice [working title], Collborative reading with Bridget O’Gorman, Creative Lives, Sheffield. (2022); Drawn In, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh. (2022); The Position of the Sun in the Sky, curated by Bridget Finn, White Columns Online (New York. (2021); Rogue Women, Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester. (2021); INGEST/digest/excrete, curatorial Project by Nicole Morris & Maria de Lima. Broadcast on Artlicks Weekend Radio, London. (2019); Personal Structures PAPER Pavilion, Palazzo Mora Venice Biennale, Venice. (2019); Major Conversations: The Industrial Narrative, Turnpike Galllery, Leigh touring to Platform A Middlesborough. (2019); Each Toward The Other, Bury Sculpture Centre, Bury. (2019); Manifestation, Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester. (2019); NOT PHOTOGRAPHY, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Manchester. (2019); Harry Meadley – ‘But what if we tried?, Touchstones Art Gallery. (2019); Bankley Open, Bankley Gallery, Manchester. (2018); Manifesto, Rogue Studios, Manchester. (2018); ‘Not somewhere else, but here’ performance with Juliet Davis-Dufayard, ‘Slowing, Still: foregrounding process in performance practices'(conference), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham. (2018); Dialogues5, NewBridge Projects, Newcastle. (2018); The Art of Magic, [touring] curated by Folklore Tapes & Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle. (2018), Not somewhere else, but here, with Juliet Davis-Dufayard with Cushendall residents. IMPOSE/LIFT Curfew Tower residency. (County Antrim, N. Ireland. (2017); Excuse Me While I am Changing, Rogue Projects Space, Manchester. (2016); New Work, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester. (2016); For Posterity, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester. (2015); People and Process: A history of Salts Mill, Salts Mill, Saltaire. (2015); The Contemporary Art Society North, PS Mirabel, Manchester. (2013); Neo:Graduates, Neo:22, Bolton. (2013); Cloth & Memory {2}, Salts Mill, Saltaire. (2013); Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester. (2013); If not here, where, Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester. (2013); TESTBED, Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester. (2013); Hand-made Futures, Contact Theatre/Blank Media Collective, Manchester. (2013), Through, neo:gallery22, Bolton. (2013); The Frost Art Museum Drawing Project, The Frost Museum, Miami. (2013); CUBE Open, CUBE Gallery, Manchester. (2011); Workhouse, Hive Gallery, Manchester. (2011); Cartograph, The Brass Gallery, Leeds. (2011)

GRANTS / AWARDS

The Artist Information Company, Professional Development Award (2023)
The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Grant (2022)
Clare Winsten Award (2021)
Gilbert Bayes Scholarship Award (2021)
Felix Slade Scholarship (2021)
Develop Your Creative Practice, Arts Council England (2021)
The Artists Information Company, Mentoring Award (2019)
The Artist Information Company, Professional Development Award (2018)
New Opportunities Award: Selected by New Expressions 3, Contemportary Visual Arts Network, Visual Arts South West. (2013)
Project Grants,Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England (2014)

RESIDENCIES
The CoLab BODY and PLACE residency, Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire. (2022)
Art in Manufacturing, Darwen Terracotta & Faience, The Festival of Making, Blackburn. (2020-2022)
Hospitalfield Interdisciplinary Group Residency, Arbroath. (2021)
Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow. (2017)
The Penthouse Curfew Tower residency, INSIDE|OUT with Juliet Davis-Dufayard, N. Ireland. (2017)
Print Studio Residency, Neo Artists, Bolton. (2017)
TO-AND-FRO- Rogue Project Space, Manchester. (2016)
AA2A Manchester School of Art, Manchester. (2013)
La Escocesa Studios, Barcelona, (2013)
Ackworth School, West Yorkshire. (2008-2010)

PUBLICATIONS/ COMMISSIONED TEXTS
INGEST/digest/excrete, curatorial Project by Nicole Morris & Maria de Lima (2021)
Soanyway Magazine, Issue 7, Online, (2020)
Personal Structures -Identities, Venice Art Biennial (2019)
Retroactivity and Contemporary Art, by Dr. Craig Staff. Published by Bloomsbury (2018)
Comissioned text, Inbetweenness or the ever-failing attempt to let the orange orange, Craig Staff. (2016)
Comissioned text, A Chorus of Objects, Dr. Laura Mansfield (2015)
The Event of The Thread, limited edition artist book. published by Mid Pennine Arts (2015)
Drawing Paper 8, Liverpool (2015)
Cloth & Memory {2}, Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller (2013)

PRESS

Derek Horton review of Each Toward the Other, Corridor 8,  (2019)
Sara Jaspan, interview, The Fourdrinier (2019)
Selina Oakes, review, thisistomorrow (2018)
Jazmine Linklater, review, MAP Issue/ #43 (2018)
Lauren Velvick, review of Turning around and back again, ART511 Mag,  (2018)
Miles Knapp review Corridor8 (2018)
Lynn Setterington, The Event of The Thread book review,  Journal of Modern Craft Volume 9, 2016 – Issue 2, (2016)
Jack Welsh, interview, a-n (2016)
June Hill, interview, Embroidery Magazine, (2015)
Dr Iain Biggs, Some thoughts on multiple lifeworlds: identity, culture & politics. (2015)
Sheila McGregor, review of The Event of The Thread, Creative Tourist,  (2014)
Annie Carpenter, Revolution I: Industrialisation, Artist as Archaeologist, Owl Projects Blog,  (2014)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The University of Salford Art Collection, UK; Touchstones Art Gallery, UK; Salts Mill, UK; Ackworth Quaker School, UK; Books/Publication: Winchester School of Art Special Collections; Oxford Brooks Special Collections; Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection; Glasgow School of Art Special Collections; The British Library; Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library; National Library of Scotland; National Library of Wales; Trinity College Dublin; Manchester School of Art Special Collections