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Ruth Gray is a Derbyshire Artist working in Atelier Interactive Acrylics and Acrylic Inks. Ruth is an Art Demonstrator book her for your art group or society. Ruth is currently studying an MA in Public History and Heritage at the University of Derby and works within the World Heritage Site of Derwent Valley Mills. Her paintings depict this wonderful area and she regularly runs art groups, workshops, and stalls for herself and others within the region.

Ruth works to commission and her paintings have been given as gifts all over the world including business clients who enjoy having something unique to give to customers.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in over 100 exhibitions.

Ruth is an affiliate member of The Peak District Artisans and Banks Mill Studios and a professional gold member of the SAA.
Ruth recently won the Matlock Bath Parish Council Award for her painting Matlock Bath Illuminations.


I was brought up on the Nottingham/Derbyshire border where I remained until I was thirty. Without a doubt, my passion for the Peak District can be traced back to my childhood weekends with my family often making the drive out of town into the green of the hills.

I inherited my creative and curious spirit from 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 has been 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 watercolours while she tutored me. I believe these moments were the first steps, which steered me towards exploring my creativity.

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.

A chance opportunity came in 2003 when my husband was offered a job in Victoria Australia and we moved over there for six years. Unable to find work as a fashion designer I turned back to my 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 a member of the prestigious group Peak District Artisans and a Gold member of the SAA. My work is shown in various galleries in and around the East Midlands Region. I love demonstrating my techniques and running workshops as well as selling my work directly at local shows and festivals.

My work is mainly concerned with heritage town and landscape and since my return from Australia in 2009 I have embraced the history of my new town of Belper and the Derwent Valley that it is part of. Its World Heritage Status is truly deserved and I am lucky to be able to use my art to play a part in its continued development and raise awareness of its beauty and past.

I love that my work tells a story of a place and those stories are often added too by those that view my work and they often lead me on to the next project or opportunity. It’s certainly a very rewarding way to earn a living and there is something new around the corner all the time.


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