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Ruth Gray is an East Midlands town and landscape artist working mainly in acrylics and acrylic Inks. She has recently graduated with an MA in Public History and Heritage from the University of Derby and works as a freelance community artist mainly on informal learning with local organisations on heritage-related creative projects. Ruth also volunteers within the World Heritage Site of Derwent Valley Mills.

Ruth is an art demonstrator you can book her for your art club, group or society. Her town and landscape paintings portray her love of history and heritage and she frequently runs art workshops for all ages. Ruth paints to commission and will work with you to create a piece that signifies something to you.

Ruth’s art has been shown in over a hundred exhibitions nationally and internationally and has featured in many magazines. You can purchase directly from Ruth via her website or visit her at events where she sells at art fairs within the local area.


Hello, let me tell you something about why I became an artist, I was brought up on the Nottingham/Derbyshire border near Long Eaton, where I remained until I was thirty. Without a doubt, my passion for all thing’s art can be attributed to both my father and mother's side of the family, a lineage that has nurtured photographers, craft lovers, and artists. From as early as five years of age, I remember very clearly being drawn to art and was very fortunate that my parents were encouraging. My Auntie Marjorie was a major influence in my life, the most vivid childhood memory that I can recall is one of me sitting in the New Forest with a box of Winsor and Newton watercolours while she tutored me.

I studied at Nottingham Trent University deciding first to become a fashion designer as it seemed a good way to earn a living from being creative, I spent twelve years working in old factories in and around the Lace Market in Nottingham designing clothes and loved the buildings as much as anything else as well as the colourful characters I met along the way.
A chance opportunity came in 2003 when my husband was offered a job in Albury Wodonga, on the Victoria New South Wales border in Australia. We lived over there for six years. At first, I was unable to find work, so I picked up my love of art and started by winning first prize in a drawing competition, after that, I have never looked back.

Since then I have exhibited in exhibitions solo and joint every year enjoying the friendships and collaborations made along the way. Art demonstrating at art societies and groups is something I really adore along with workshops and working with community groups or schools. Sharing my knowledge reminds me of how my Aunt would share hers and when I can inspire others to pick up a paintbrush it makes me happy. I have conducted many free drawing events for ‘The Big Draw’ at various venues every year since 2012 I believe everyone should use creativity in their lives and drawing is an easy way to try. I also co-run an art group called Purple and Grey which meets three times a month either at Tansley or Belper and I am a great supporter of amateur artists.

My art is mainly concerned with heritage town and landscape and since my return from Australia in 2009 I have particularly embraced the history of my hometown of Belper and the Derwent Valley that it is part of. Its World Heritage Status is truly deserved. I have recently graduated with an MA in Public History and Heritage from the University of Derby. Since graduating I have worked freelance for various organisations such as Derbyshire County Council and Bright Ideas in Nottingham. I love being able to combine my two passions of art and heritage as one inspires the other.

I tend to work in series and listed below in no order are some I have worked on:

• The Route of the Ripley Rattler: Forty paintings of Britain’s most dangerous tramway route as it is now, from Nottingham to Ripley that was written about by DH Lawrence.

• Views from the Derwent Valley: Twenty paintings depicting the key buildings including all the mills from Derby to Matlock Bath.

• Halls of Derbyshire: Paintings featuring some of the most prominent halls of Derbyshire.

• Chip Shops: Small scale paintings of Britain’s well-loved chip shops fifty years and over.

• Transition: Paintings of an immigration tale moving from Robin Hood to Ned Kelly Country.

• Images of the Drought: Work telling the tale of the worst regional drought in one hundred years 2007.


Creative Employment

2020: Bright Ideas: Internship education Materials
2020: Derbyshire County Council, Creativity Packs.
2019:Present: Culture Syndicates Freelance Heritage Assistant
2015: Present: Purple and Grey #Network #Learn #Create
2013: Present: PR for Cromford Studio and Gallery
2014: Social Media for Derbyshire Open Arts
2014: Member of Steering Committee Art in the Round Derby College
2014-2018: The Old Station Gallery, Invigilator.
2012-2016: Blog Writer for Studio 61 Gallery and Gallery2Gallery PR.
2004-2006: Art Space Wodonga Council, Invigilator
2004: Art Space Wodonga Council, Functions Officer.
2003-2009: Albury / Wodonga Artist Society, Publicity Officer.
1992-2003: Fashion Designer.

Current Memberships

Affiliate Member of The Peak District Artisans
Banks Mill Studio Associate Member
Medley - A Group of Local Crafts People
Museum Association Member
Arts Marketing Association Member
Artists Network Member

Current Gallery Representation

Cromford Studio and Gallery, Derbyshire.
Duffield Art Gallery.
Hall of Frames, Belper.
Out Framed, Ripley
St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne.

Selected Exhibitions
2020: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA Twitter Art Exhibit.
2019-2020: Royal Derby Hospital, Innovate Industrial Heritage Exhibition.
2019: Art in Healthcare, Edinburgh, Twitter Art Exhibit.
2019: Dronfield Hall, The Pentrich Revolution Joint Touring Show- various venues.
2018: Mill Green Gallery, London, Earth day,
2018: Gallery 5, Guildhall, Derby, Solo Exhibition.
2018: Pegasus Riding for the Disabled, Canberra, AUS Twitter Art Exhibit.
2018: Chatsworth House, Peak District Artisans.
2018: Banks Mill Studios Behind the Smile.
2017: The Nicholson Institute Leek Peak District Artisans Joint Exhibition.
2017: St John Street Gallery, Solo Exhibition, March. Solo Exhibition.
2017: Royal Derby Hospital, Ten, Air Arts March, Joint
2017: Molly Olly’s Wishes Stratford Upon Avon, Twitter Art Exhibit.
2017: National Justice Museum, The Pentrich Revolution Joint Touring Show-various venues.
2017: Deda, Derby. Solo Exhibition January - March. Solo Exhibition.
2016: Trygve Lie Gallery, New York, NY Twitter Art Exhibit.
2016: The Gallery Sutton Bonington, October - November. Solo Exhibition.
2016: Old Station Gallery, Open Exhibition September - October.
2016: Cromford Mill Gallery, ‘Views from the Valley' October- November. Solo Exhibition.
2015: Wivenhoe House, University of Essex, Argentum August - October exhibition.
2015: White Moose Gallery, Barnstable, UK 'Project Afterbirth' October / November
2015: The Rook, Hartington, Solo Exhibition.
2015: The Buzz Gallery, Castle Donington, Solo Exhibition.
2015: Sock Gallery, Loughborough Sock Fair, Preview Exhibition
2015: Number 28 Belper, November, Solo Exhibition.
2015: Nottingham Society of Artists Gallery, ‘Contours’
2015: Moss Gallery, Norway, Twitter Art Exhibit.
2015: Goldsmiths University, London, Procreate Project.
2015: Banks Mill, Derby, Solo Exhibition.
2015 - 2016: Buxton Museum, Derbyshire Open Art Competition.
2014-2018: Greenman Gallery, Buxton Spa Prize.
2014: Shipley Country Park, Solo Exhibition.
2014: Orlando Florida, Twitter Art Exhibit.
2014: Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, ‘Anything but Grey’ Solo Exhibition.
2014: DH Lawrence Heritage, Eastwood, ‘The Route of the Ripley Rattlers’
2013-2020: Cromford Studio and Gallery, Solo Exhibitions.
2013-2015: Studio 61 Gallery, Matlock, Solo Exhibitions,
2013-2014: Derby Royal Hospital, air arts, ‘Flourish’
2013: The Beetroot Tree, Erewash Open.
2013: Nottingham Contemporary, ‘52 Artists 4 Bulwell Project’
2013: Friar Gate Studios, Derby, ‘Banks Mill Exhibition’
2013: Exhale Gallery, Los Angeles Twitter Art Exhibit.
2012-2019: Belper Art Trail,
2012: Vibe Gallery, London, 'Desperate Artwives'
2012: The Treatplace Crich, Solo Exhibition.
2012: Moss Gallery, Norway, Twitter Art Exhibit.
2012: December, Winter Wonderland Studio 61 Gallery
2012: Crocus Gallery, Nottingham, ‘Open exhibition’.
2012: July/September/November Allestree Park Farm, Pop up Gallery
2011: Tarpey Gallery Castle Donington 'Midland Open Exhibition'
2009: Rutherglen, ‘Women in art’
2008: Touring Galleries of Victoria, Melbourne, ‘Cancer Council Exhibition’
2007-2008: Bright Art Gallery, ‘Autumn Open Exhibition’
2007: Wodonga Plant Farm, Wodonga, ‘Stage 4 Images of the Drought’
2007: Wodonga Plant Farm Wodonga, ‘Watercolour Wonders’
2007: Ruby Palette Albury, ‘Anything but Grey’ Solo Exhibition.
2007: Cumberland Pencil Factory, Keswick, ‘Derwent Pencil Calendar Exhibition’
2007: Creators Gallery, Wodonga, ‘Two Poms and a Paintbrush’
2007: Artists’ Studios, Parramatta, Sydney, ‘My Backyard’
2007: Albury Regional Gallery, ‘Fleming Muntz Albury Art Prize’
2006: Ruby Palette Albury, ‘Transition’ Solo Exhibition.
2004: Creators Gallery, Murray Arts ‘Flow’
2004: Creators Gallery, ‘On the Border’
2004: Artspace, Wodonga, ‘Praxis’
2004 & 2007: Art Space, Wodonga, ‘Hume Building Society Arts Wodonga Acquisitive award’
2003: Wodonga Tafe, ‘Head Way Art Prize’ (Winner 1st Prize)


2018: Arts word Derwent Valley Radio Interview
2017: Earth Pathways Online Interview
2016: Country Images, July Front Cover.
2016: Belper News, 16th March Interview.
2016: Belper Alternative News Interview
2015: Radio Derby, Interview with Andy Potter.
2014: SAA Magazine ‘My Favourite Colour’
2014: Radio Derby, Interview with Sally Pepper.
2014: Radio Derby, Interview with Andy Potter
2014: ‘Ruth Rattles Back from Down Under’ Reflections Magazine April Edition.
2014: ‘Exhibition Portrays Ups and Down of Tram Route 100 Years On’ Derby Telegraph 28th March.
2013: Derbyshire Life magazine 'A Belper Staycation' June Edition
2013: ArtsBeat magazine 'Painting Between the Lines' August Edition.
2013: ArtsBeat Magazine ‘More Than Just Friends’ February Edition.
2012: SAA Magazine ‘Networking Girls’
2012: Derby Telegraph 'Chance to Exhibit in London'
2012: Country Images Magazine Gallery Month. September Issue.
2012: Belper News 'Desperate Artwives May Exhibit in London Gallery'
2012: Belper News 'Artists Picked for London Show'
2012: Artists and Illustrator Magazine p. 24: August. Advert for Artist of the year
2012: All Things Local Featured Artist October Edition.
2007: Twin City Post ‘Poms brush off their old life and embrace the new’ by David Thorpe.
2007: Twin City Post ‘Lasting Impressions.’ by David Thorpe.
2007: TV Coverage - Prime Local News, to access:
2007: The Land ‘Seeing beauty behind the dry horror.’ by Penny watts.
2007: Radio Interview - ABC National Jonathan Wright.
2007: Bordermail ‘Artists work to be sold for drought relief fundraiser’ by Victoria McDonald.
2006: Bordermail ‘Artworks Anything but Grey’ by Laura Kinealy.

Articles Written by Ruth Gray

2019: SAA Magazine London.
2017: SAA Magazine, Castleton.
2008: Australian Artist Magazine, ‘How to use computers for your art.’
2008: Australian Artist Magazine, ‘Albury Wodonga Artist Society.’
2007: Australian Artist Magazine, ‘Beyond Reasonable Drought’
2007: Artist Palette Magazine, ‘How an Idea Became an Exhibition’
2006: Australian Artist Magazine, ‘How did you paint that?’

Earth Pathways Diary 2017- Front Cover and one page.
Earth Pathways Calendar 2017- Front Cover.
Earth Pathways Diary 2018 Two pages.
Earth Pathways Diary 2019 Back Cover

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