John Jones Artist-in-Residence update

John Jones Artist-in-Residence update

Our Artist-in-Residence Ruth Proctor has started to settle into the new John Jones artist studio since she took up residence on July 1st. We would like to update you on her current projects and ideas she has been exploring for her forthcoming exhibition in the John Jones not-for-profit Project Space in January.

Ruth Proctor was selected earlier this year after a rigorous application process through the Contemporary Art Society, to collaborate with the architects Marks Barfield to produce a permanent commission for a Primary School in Cambridge. Her use of the John Jones studio has allowed her the space to work on this large commission. The commissioned work will be opening next year.

The John Jones working environment dedicated to the preservation and longevity of artworks has started to influence Ruth Proctor's practice which tends to be performative and ephemeral. This influence has inspired her to ‘re-frame’ previous ideas and works of art in order to archive and re-work them.  

Ruth Proctor completed a residency in Colombia four years ago and describes this as a pivotal point in her practice. She created an alter ego that performed walks around the local town, and collaborated on written projects which focused on translating conversations. She plans to use her John Jones residency to reflect on the ideas that fed into her work since her time in Colombia, to re-think them, and to move forward. We hope that this residency is as integral to her practice as her previous residency and are very much looking forward to where her reflection and surroundings at John Jones will direct her work for her forthcoming exhibition in January.  

Keep an eye on our social media channels for future updates on Ruth Proctor’s Residency at John Jones.

To find out more about Ruth Proctor's background please visit our Artist-in-Residency pages or visit Ruth Proctor’s website.

Image Credit: Ruth Proctor, Image taken from Super Ruda slide show, 2010.