Current exhibition – on tour
Body adornment for the age of overconsumption
Ruth Downes reappropriates everyday materials and objects to celebrate their intrinsic beauty. All thirty 3D works are made from the repurposing of a broad range of materials with a touch of humour.
Touring NSW and Queensland
Over the next three years Ruth’s ‘Barely Wearable’ exhibition is on the road. It can be seen in eight regional galleries in Sydney, Hunter and South Coast NSW, as well as in Brisbane and regional Queensland.
Barely Wearable will be at
MAGM – Manly Art Gallery and Musuem
15 October – 28 November, 2021
Sunday 17 October, 3 – 5 PM: Opening by Therese Kenyon and artist’s talk
Saturday 23 October, 2 – 4 PM: Artist’s talk
West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
5 minutes walk from Manly Ferry wharf | Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM.
About Ruth Downes
Ruth Downes’ portfolio of artwork has ranged from intimate, mixed-media gallery exhibitions to large scale, site-specific public artworks. In her hand-crafted public gallery exhibitions she has evolved materials into a new life with underlying humour and word play.
Her Public art – Commissions projects are also diverse in materials but focused on visual enjoyment and longevity in the outdoor environment.
Forty tea cups and saucers are displayed together as a ‘tea partea’ in this mixed-media artwork. Each handcrafted piece has a name and personality that reflects the diverse characters mingling at this public event. It won the People’s Choice Award at the National Sculpture Prize at the NGA. > More about the Tea Party in the Mayoral Garden
An amusing cafeteria style spread of obsessively crafted meals made from the materials and/or tools of each trade, celebrating the often neglected work of the trades while playing with the language of modern cuisine. > More about Lunch for the Trades
In a number of public spaces, Ruth has created relevant, site-specific artwork in a wide range of materials and sizes.
View > Public art projects
Away from the constraints of commissions, Ruth enjoyed great success with sculptural installations, both solo and in partnership with Geoff Webster.
View > Sculpture