Ruth Barker

Artist in Residence


Ruth Barker is a visual artist based in Glasgow, who works with text and performance. She scripts and memorises substantial literary monologues, which draw on classical mythological narratives but remake them as resonant, current, events. Ruth understands the act of mythmaking and storytelling to be essential aspects of the human condition, able to influence as well as describe our knowledge of self and imagination. She uses traditional techniques of mnemonic and storytelling to create challenging new performance works in a visual arts context.
For this Leverhulme funded residency, Ruth will spend 10 months working with CIAS and the Great North Museum to develop a new body of writing and performance work. This will be the first time that Ruth has worked directly with artefacts, and she is looking forward to learning from the expertise of CIAS.