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Ruth Gray is a Derbyshire Artist working in Atelier Interactive Acrylics and Acrylic Inks. Ruth is an Art Demonstrator you can book her for your art group or society. Ruth works to commission and will work with you to create a painting that means something to you.
Ruth’s work has been shown in over a hundred exhibitions nationally and internationally and has featured in many magazines. Her paintings depict her love of history and heritage and she regularly runs art workshops for all ages and attends stalls within the Midlands.
Ruth is an affiliate member of The Peak District Artisans and Banks Mill Studios and a professional gold member of the SAA. Her work recently won the Matlock Bath Parish Council Award for her painting ‘Matlock Bath Illuminations’.
As well as art Ruth is currently studying an MA in Public History and Heritage at the University of Derby and works as a freelance heritage assistant nationally and volunteers within the World Heritage Site of Derwent Valley Mills. This allows her to visit many new places and spend time in some wonderful venues many who feature in her artwork.


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 figure 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, 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 over 100 exhibitions solo and joint, written for Australian Artist magazine and SAA magazine as well as appeared in various news, magazine, TV, and online reviews. I have worked for and within many galleries, society’s, as their publicity assistant or as an invigilator enjoying the interaction with many artists and art enthusiasts. I am an affiliate member of Peak District Artisans and a Gold member of the SAA. My work is shown in various galleries in and around the East Midlands Region.
Art demonstrating at art societies and groups is something I really enjoy 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.

My work 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 am studying an MA in History and Heritage at the University of Derby and recently I have started work as a freelance heritage assistant which can take me to many historic venues around the country working with art and museum organisations. 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.


Current Memberships

Affiliate Member of The Peak District Artisans
Banks Mill Studio Associate Member
Professional Gold Membership of SAA, Society for all Artists.-Co-running the Derbyshire SAA Regional Art Group.
Medley - A Group of Local Crafts People

Current Gallery Representation

St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Cromford Studio and Gallery, Derbyshire.
Hall Of Frames, Belper.
Duffield Art Gallery.
Two Birds Gallery, Castle Donington,
Suki Gallery, Tutbury, Staffordshire
Out Framed, Ripley

Selected Exhibitions

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


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

Articles Written by Ruth Gray

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

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

Creative Employment

2004-2006: Art Space Wodonga Council, Invigilator
2004: Art Space Wodonga Council, Functions Officer.
2003-2009: Albury / Wodonga Artist Society, Publicity Officer.
2012- 2016: Blog Writer for Studio 61 Gallery and Gallery2Gallery PR.
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 - Present: The Old Station Gallery, Invigilator.
2015 - Present: Purple and Grey #Network #Learn #Create