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Ruth Charity


Ruth is a curator and arts consultant specialising in public art and arts and health projects. She has extensive experience in developing public art strategies, curating and managing contemporary arts commissions and arts/science collaborations, and initiating public engagement programmes, as well as writing funding bids to support them.


Ruth has worked for over 20 years curating and commissioning contemporary art – for the British Council (1989-92), The Photographers’ Gallery (1992-7), the Mead Gallery at Warwick University (1997) and Artpoint, the region’s public art agency (1997-2005). Working for Artpoint she developed a wide range of arts commissions for housing schemes, universities, police stations, schools, hospitals, arts centres and galleries, as well as parks and cycle routes. She also edited the publication Re Views: Artists and Public Space (Black Dog), an extensive review of Artpoint’s projects, focussing on the artist’s experience within public art practice. 


Over the past decade her freelance work has focused on commissioning arts projects for academic and health environments including new commissions for Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford Fertility Clinic, and the development of artlink, an ongoing arts and music programme for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to enhance the hospital environment for patients visitors and staff - see

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