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Ruth Claxton

About Ruth Claxton

Ruth Claxton's background

Ruth Claxton's role at STEAMHOUSE

Ruth Claxton on collaboration

Ruth Claxton's STEAMhouse goals

The STEAMlabs challenge

Ruth Claxton's essential items

A fact about Ruth Claxton

Ruth Claxton's ideal STEAMlabs delegate

I am an artist and am one of the founders of Eastside Projects where I am now Associate Director.

I am abit of a serial collaborator – I’ve co-produced the Birmingham Art Map since 2013 and am one of the founders of Workshop Birmingham – we run a programme of factory visits and manufacturer-led masterclasses and are building the Make Works Birmingham directory of manufacturers, material suppliers and workshops in and around Birmingham.

I am also a big welding fan.

I studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and then worked as a sculpture technician for about ten years, first at Nottingham and then at BCU’s School of Art, specialising in metalwork and casting.

I completed an MA in Sculpture at the RCA in 2002 and began working professionally as an artist, supplemented by lecturing at BCU and elsewhere.

I have made exhibitions, public art works and projects across the UK and internationally, for spaces, projects and organisations including Ikon Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, Spike Island, SITE Santa Fe, Guangzhou Triennial and Situations, and have work in major public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection.

Making and material exploration has always been central to the way I work and in 2014, frustrated by the lack of facilities in the region, I collaborated with Sean O’Keeffe, Mike Dring and Alessandro Columbano on the Birmingham Production Space proposal, which is the foundation for the STEAMhouse Production Space.

I manage the Open Route and work with the technical team to run the Production Space and also programme public events.

Working together to get more done.

To create sustainable, affordable infrastructure which supports artists and designers to make, and breaks down silos so different disciplines and practices can meet, work together and learn from each other.

To solve the housing crisis.

My welding helmet (I have had it for almost 25 years).

I dream of owning an Italian Greyhound.

The Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards Committee who produced an
Alternative Corporate plan for Lucas Industries in the 1970’s by asking the workforce for new product suggestions which answered a social need and could be produced using existing skills, plant and technology. They generated 150 new product suggestions and, though the plan was never realised, it’s a brilliant example of people coming together to innovate.

About Ruth Claxton

I am an artist and am one of the founders of Eastside Projects where I am now Associate Director.

I am abit of a serial collaborator – I’ve co-produced the Birmingham Art Map since 2013 and am one of the founders of Workshop Birmingham – we run a programme of factory visits and manufacturer-led masterclasses and are building the Make Works Birmingham directory of manufacturers, material suppliers and workshops in and around Birmingham.

I am also a big welding fan.

Ruth Claxton's background

I studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and then worked as a sculpture technician for about ten years, first at Nottingham and then at BCU’s School of Art, specialising in metalwork and casting.

I completed an MA in Sculpture at the RCA in 2002 and began working professionally as an artist, supplemented by lecturing at BCU and elsewhere.

I have made exhibitions, public art works and projects across the UK and internationally, for spaces, projects and organisations including Ikon Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, Spike Island, SITE Santa Fe, Guangzhou Triennial and Situations, and have work in major public and private collections including the Arts Council Collection.

Making and material exploration has always been central to the way I work and in 2014, frustrated by the lack of facilities in the region, I collaborated with Sean O’Keeffe, Mike Dring and Alessandro Columbano on the Birmingham Production Space proposal, which is the foundation for the STEAMhouse Production Space.

Ruth Claxton's role at STEAMHOUSE

I manage the Open Route and work with the technical team to run the Production Space and also programme public events.

Ruth Claxton on collaboration

Working together to get more done.

Ruth Claxton's STEAMhouse goals

To create sustainable, affordable infrastructure which supports artists and designers to make, and breaks down silos so different disciplines and practices can meet, work together and learn from each other.

The STEAMlabs challenge

To solve the housing crisis.

Ruth Claxton's essential items

My welding helmet (I have had it for almost 25 years).

A fact about Ruth Claxton

I dream of owning an Italian Greyhound.

Ruth Claxton's ideal STEAMlabs delegate

The Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards Committee who produced an
Alternative Corporate plan for Lucas Industries in the 1970’s by asking the workforce for new product suggestions which answered a social need and could be produced using existing skills, plant and technology. They generated 150 new product suggestions and, though the plan was never realised, it’s a brilliant example of people coming together to innovate.