2018   Dreaming of Dead Fish (Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, UK)
2016   Instruments of Industry (Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK)
2014   The Event of The Thread (Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, UK)
2012   Standing at the Gates (Ackworth School, West Yorkshire, UK)
2011   The Naming of Place (Ackworth School, West Yorkshire, UK)
2011   Marking Time, Weaving Place (Brass Gallery, Leeds, UK)
2010  Mapping Movement (The Bowery, Leeds, UK)


2019   Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce (Glasgow Women’s library, UK)
2018   Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce (Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK)

S E L E C T E D  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S

13th – 20th September – Not Photography – group show, Bankley Gallery (Manchester, UK)
2019 20th July – 9th November Each Toward the Other, group show with Nicola Ellis and Joe Hancock, Bury Sculpture Centre (Bury, UK)
2019   Personal Structures PAPER Pavilion, Palazzo Mora Venice Biennale (Venice, IT)
2019   Major Conversations (Platform A, Middlesborough)
2019   Harry Meadley – ‘But what if we tried? (Touchstones, Rochdale)
2018   Manifesto (Rogue Artists Studio, UK)
2018   Dialogues 5 – Mark Devereux Projects (Newbridge Projects, UK)
2018   Bankley Open (Bankley Gallery, UK)
2018   The Art of Magic, touring exhibition (Exeter Phoenix, Exeter; The Horse Hospital, London; Full of Noises, Barrow-in-Furnace; Robin Wood Mill, Todmorden; Analogue Farm, Rochdale; Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle UK)
2017   Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary (Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK)
2016   Excuse Me While I am Changing (Rogue Projects Space, Manchester, UK)
2016   New Work at The Manchester Contemporary (Old Granada Studios, Manchester, UK)
2016   Women Artists from 1861 -2015 (Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK)
2016   Manchester Histories Festival (Touchstones Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK)
2015   For Posterity (Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2015   People and Process: A history of Salts Mill (Salts Mill, Saltaire, UK)
2015   Film Screening of The Last Yarn (St. Asaph Cathedral, Wales, UK)
2014   GodsbridgeX (The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK)
2013   Anual 2013 (La Escocesa, Barcelona, Spain)
2013   Not Just for Christmas, (The Contemporary Art Society North, PS Mirabel, Manchester, UK)
2013   Neo:Graduates show (Neo:22 Bolton, UK)
2013   Cloth & Memory {2} (Salts Mill, Saltaire, UK)
2013   Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary (Spinningfields, Manchester, UK)
2013   If not here, where (Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester, UK)
2013   TESTBED (Lionel Dobie Project, Manchester, UK)
2013   Hand-made Futures, curated by Blank Media Collective (Contact Theatre, Manchester UK)
2013   Through (neo:gallery22, Bolton, UK)
2013   The Frost Art Museum Drawing Project (The Frost Museum, Miami, USA)
2012   Manchester Artists’ Book Fair with Hot bed Press (Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2012   MA Show (Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University UK)
2012   Journeys (Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, UK)
2011   CUBE Open 2011 (The CUBE Gallery, Manchester UK)
2011   Workhouse (Hive Gallery, Manchester, UK)
2011   Cartograph (The Brass Gallery, Leeds, UK)

R E S I D E N C I E S 

2019   Artists & 3D Print residency, PrintCity (Manchester School of Art, UK)
2018   Research residency, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2017   Research residency, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow
2017   Curfew Tower 17 ‘IMPOSE||LIFT’ residency with Juliet Davis curated by The Penthouse (Cushendall, NI)
2016   Thee month print residency, Neo Artists Studios, Bolton
2015   One year research residency, Touchstone Museum and Art Gallery Archive, Rochdale
2013   Three week collaborative residency, -TO-AND-FRO- Rogue Project Space, Manchester.
2013   One year residency, AA2A Manchester School of Art, Manchester
2013   One month Studio residency, La Escocesa Studios, Barcelona
2012   One month collaborative residency, Armley Mills, Leeds
2008-11   Three year studio residency, Ackworth School, West Yorkshire

B U R S A R I E S / A W A R D S

2018   Recipient of a 2018 a-n Professional Development Bursary
2016   Creative Rochdale, nominated for ‘Best Production, Exhibition or Cultural Event’
2014   New Opportunities Award, New Expressions 3, selected by CVAN & Visual Arts South West
2014   Arts Council, Grants for the Arts for ‘The Event of the Thread’
2013   Neo:Artists Commendation Award for works exhibited in ‘Neo:Graduates show’
2012   The Textile Society, Postgraduate Bursary Award
2010   Arts and Humanities Research Council Postgraduate Funding

A R T I C L E S / P R E S S

2018   The Guardian: Museum of the Year Shortlist – Glasgow Women’s Library by Jackie Kay
2018   thisistomorrow: ‘Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce’ by Selina Oakes
2018   MAP: ‘Consequences of progress, remnents for the future’ by Jazmine Linklater
2018   ART511 Mag: Turning around and back again’ by Lauren Velvick.
2018   Corridor8: ‘Ruth Barker and Hannah Leighton-Boyce‘ by Miles Knapp
2017   Hannah Festival Directory, The Hannah Festival
2016   The Journal of Modern Craft: Volume 9, 2016 – Issue 2. by Lynn Setterington
2016   Corridor 8 review: A Chorus of Objects, by Dr. Laura Mansfield
2016   Hannah Festival Directory, The Hannah Festival
2016   Artist Newsletter Review: Instruments of Industry, by Jack Welsh
2016   Rochdale Observer: Art Installation resonates on so many levels, by Steve Cooke
2016   Embroidery Magazine: March/April, Watching, Waiting, Making, by June Hill
2015   Drawing Paper 8, Liverpool
2015   Axisweb spotlight feature on The Event of the Thread
2015   Some thoughts on multiple lifeworlds: identity, culture & politics, by Dr Iain Biggs
2014   The Event of The Thread, Creative Tourist Axisweb Selects, by Sheila McGregor
2014   Owl Projects blog: Revolution I: Industrialisation, by Annie Carpenter
2014   TEXT Journal: Spotlight MA Award, Volume 41

B O O K S / P U B L I C A T I O N S

2019 Personal Structures -Identities, Venice 2019 Art Biennial (European Cultural Centre, Italy)
2019 The Art of Magic, Folklore Tapes (Lancashire, UK)
2018   East Wing 1939 – 2011, printed/cited in ‘Retroactivity and Contemporary Art’, by Craig Staff. Published by Bloomsbury, 2018
2015   The Event of The Thread, limited edition artist book. Mid Pennine Arts
2013   Cloth & Memory {2}, Exhibition Catalogue, eds. Lesley Miller


2017   The Folklore of Plants, Folklore Tapes, (various artists)
2017   Instruments of Industry, 10” with gatefold sleeve. Release by Folklore Tapes


Works held in private and public collections including: University of Salford Art Collection, UK; Touchstones Art Gallery, UK; Salts Mill, UK; Ackworth Quaker School, UK.

Books: 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