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Ms Ruth Sumner

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Fine Art Practices Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551




Personal profile

Fine Art education, Fine Art practices, Painting.

Research group affiliations

  • Fine Art Practices Group 

Key research outputs

  • Figuring Light 2: Colour, Shifting Boundaries, Creative Hinckley Gallery, 2011. Funded by the Arts Council England/Lottery fund, DMU research grant and Nottingham Trent University grant.  An Exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture, curated by John Lancaster and Dr Richard Davey. The exhibition includes an illustrated exhibition catalogue with essay, and a gallery talk with a panel of participating artists and chaired by the Head of Research in the Faculty of Art and Design DMU. Artists: John Lancaster, Ruth Sumner, Oliver Barrett and Barrie Cook.
  • John Moores 22 exhibition of contemporary painting, The Walker, Liverpool, 2002. The John Moores competition is a contemporary painting exhibition open to artists based in the UK is part of the Liverpool Biennial.  Judges were artists Fiona Rae, Jenny Saville and Matthew Collings.
  • Flesh: Paintings by Ruth Sumner and Fred Crayk, Pilgrim Gallery, Holborn, London, 2003. A show of paintings curated by Greg Williams focussing on how two contemporary painters address the evidence of the human form within the realms of abstraction.

Areas of teaching

  • Fine Art

Honours and awards

Collections and Awards

  • Hadlow Architects, London
  • Coopers and Lybrand, Chartered Accountants, London 
  • Fotopli Holdings Ltd., New Bond Street, London
  • East Midlands Arts: Commissions Grant (awarded jointly) 1998 & 1996
  • Showcase Exhibitors Award, Nottingham Castle Museum, 1996

Membership of external committees

  • Trustee of City of Leicester Museums Trust. 


Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Manager of The Independent Studios (artist’s studios) Leicester, 1994 – 2006.
  • Mentor for Artspace, an organisation of visual artists who live in Loughborough area of Leicestershire. Funded by Arts Council/National Lottery, 2001.

Conference attendance

Gallery talk and panel discussion as part of the Figuring Light 2: Colour, Shifting Boundaries exhibition.  The panel consists of the curators, participating artists, writer (Dr R. Davey) and chaired by the Head of Research for the Faculty of Art and Design at DMU, 2011.

The Practice of Painting, The University of Leicester, paper presented as part of Lecture Series, 2002.

Gallery talk and public discussion as part of Recent Paintings, The Woodlands Gallery, London, 2001.

Lines of Desire, workshop and gallery talk to accompany touring UK drawing exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester 1999.

Consultancy work

  • The City Gallery, Leicester
  • Leicester Print Workshop
  • Embrace Arts, University of Leicester

Other forms of public representation

Articles and Publications

  • Davey, Richard, Figuring Light 2, Colour: Shifting Boundaries, 2011
  • Pearce, Sara, Celeste Art Prize, shortlisted and included in publication, (pub. By Goldsmiths, University of London/ Old Truman Gallery, London) 2006
  • Sam, Sherman, Class of 2002, Art Review, June 2002
  • Guha, Tania, Abstract Painting, Time Out, 23 August 1995

Other Selected Exhibitions

  • Inside Out, Ingenious Media, London 2012
  • When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever, Birmingham City University, 2010 
  • Celeste Art Prize, Old Truman Gallery, London, shortlisted, 2006
  • Gallery Artists, Group Show, Pilgrim Gallery, London, 2003
  • From the Mid West, University of Central England, Birmingham, 2001
  • Fame made me a Wreck, Jacobs Artspace, Corporation Street, Birmingham, 2001
  • Recent Paintings, Citrix Systems Building, Cambridge, 2001
  • Recent Paintings, Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath, London, 2001
  • A New Site, The Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 1999
  • Drawing Show, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, Hull, 1999
  • Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, 1998
  • Kunstlerwerkstatt Banof Westend, Spandauer Damm, Berlin, 1998


Wishful Thinking - Ruth Sumner

Another World 1 - Ruth Sumner

Holes in Hearts (detail) - Ruth Sumner

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