Ruth Levene’s work manifests as video, participatory work, performance, digital drawings, dialogue, writing, mapping and walking. She tries to understand and reveal systems that we live by but that are often hidden from us, looking at there impact and shaping of the environment. For the last few years she has focused on exploring water systems, wheat farming and walking infrastructure.
She has exhibited, performed and screened work at the ICA (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland), Modern Art Oxford, Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art, (Belgium) and MK Gallery (Milton Keynes). She has been commissioned by Cornerhouse (Manchester), National Media Museum (Bradford), National Trust & Arts and Heritage (Cragside), BBC Radio 3 & Sound and Music and In Certain Places (Preston).
Ruth has been an artist in residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridge), Hull Time Based Arts, Braziers (Oxfordshire), Faculty of Engineering (University of Sheffield) and has undertaken an Arts Council Fellowship in Colima, Mexico. In 1998 she graduated with a BA 1st Class Hons, Fine Art from Hull School of Art and Design, University of Humberside and Lincolnshire and in 2001 went on to complete an MSc in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee
In her project, A Field of Wheat Ruth collaborated with artist Anne-Marie Culhane and farmer Peter Lundgren, alongside a collective of 42 members of the public, food industry, farming community, each investing £200 into and growing a 22-acre field of wheat in Branston Booths, Lincolnshire. She is currently collaborating with artist, filmmaker Ian Nesbitt, after walking the Boundary of Sheffield back in 2013 they are now embarking on a commission from In Certain Places (Preston). She is part of a three-year project in the Calder River Catchment with Arts Catalyst (London), a collaborative art and science research investigation into the environmental concerns looking at natural public resources on a local level.
Ruth lives and works in Sheffield.