Approved: 21.04.2017

Ruby Tingle


Approved: 21.04.2017


Ruby Tingle works as an artist in Manchester after graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2011. She is represented by PAPER Gallery and is their permanent Artist in Residence. She was also awarded runner up in the GM Arts Prize 2016. Recent exhibitions include solo shows ‘The Land Is’ at PAPER following the Exploring PAPER Residency Scheme and ‘Ermine’ at Chetham’s Library in Manchester as part of Manifest Arts Festival 2017. Ruby has also exhibited work in group shows at East Street Arts in Leeds, The Old Courts in Wigan, C4RD London and Bury Art Museum and Gallery. Recent commissioned live work includes performances at HOME, Manchester Art Gallery and The Manchester Contemporary 2017.

Ruby's practice is primarily concerned with the reconstruction of familiar forms to present and document the extraordinary as authentic. A variety of media including paper, the readymade and synthetic, biological materials and sounds are collected, manipulated and reassembled to create new ambiguous forms as works on paper, performances, installations and pieces of music. These collages are rooted in natural history and aim to present an alternate folklore where boundaries between human and animal are obscured. 

Ruby places herself within her work, installing herself within three dimensional collage pieces, allowing for a temporary vicarious existence whilst creating living self-portraits. Within these works she experiences first hand the transformations and in-between states her work is so occupied with. These works are often interactive, utilizing the audience’s participation to form a life drawing class; the records of these performances whether drawn or photographed, document different aspects of her Self, set within her own myths.

Lyrics support these visual works and deal with a private symbolism, whilst recordings are comprised of edited sound samples and original music, often cut up and reworked digitally as an audible collage.



CV & Education


Manchester School of Art BA Fine Art


Solo Exhibitions

2018 Into Gold, PAPER Office Exhibition Space

2017 Ermine, Chetham’s Library, Manifest Arts Festival Manchester

2017 The Land Is, PAPER Gallery Manchester


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Like the Lines of a Hand PAPER Gallery Manchester and C4RD London

2017 Curiosities AIR Gallery Altrincham

2017 Intimate The Old Courts Wigan

2017Fountain Fountain Bury Art Museum and Gallery

2017 Chamber of Commerce GM Arts Prize Show Manchester

2017 John Hyatt Rock Art Performances, HOME Manchester

2016 The Cat Show, PAPER Gallery Manchester

2016 Bankley Open Call, Manchester

2016 The Human Condition, East Street Arts Leeds

2016 Animals Exhibition West studios Derbyshire

2016 Chamber of Commerce GM Arts Prize Show Manchester 

2016 RITE, Islington Mill Salford

2016 Utopia, Dystopia, Fringe Arts Bath

2016 Free For Arts Manchester 

2016 Sound and Vision, PAPER Gallery Manchester

2015 Breathing into Bloom, The White Room York



Art Fairs

2017 The Manchester Contemporary

2017 Line and Fold, Basel Switzerland 

2015 sluice___ London



2016 + PAPER Gallery Studio Artist Manchester

2016 Exploring PAPER AIR Programme Manchester

2016 Contemporary Art Practice Degree Residency The Manchester College

2015 PAPER Gallery Studio Artist Manchester

2014 Artfunkl Residency Manchester



2017 GM Arts Prize Shortlisted

2016 GM Arts Prize Emerging Contemporary Visual Artist Runner Up


Selected Performances

2017 Self in Shed The Manchester Contemporary 

2017 Ermine, Chetham’s Library Manchester

2017 Buddha of the Bathroom, Manchester Art Gallery

2017 The Land Is, PAPER Gallery  and HOME Manchester 

2016 Fowl, Walcot Chapel Bath and Islington Mill Salford

2015 Menagerie in Blue, sluice___2015 London and University of Salford

2014 Helix Duette, ArtFunkl Manchester



2017+ Buddha of the Bathroom / The Moth with Mike Chavez Dawson

2016+ The Frog Gentleman and various performances with Simon Woolham

2014 Helix Duette with Marina Kelly

2013+ Music collaboration with Dirty Freud



2017 Ermine OST

2017 The Land Is LP

2016 Hymns for the Men EP

2015 Menagerie in Blue OST

2015 The Shanties EP


Selected Publication and Press

2017 Manifest Podcast Interview

2017 BBC Radio Manchester Interview

2017 CCQ January Artist Feature 

2016 Creative Tourist Exhibition Preview

2016 PAPER MagazineFolklore and Spectrograms Interview

2016 The Lucky Jotter Artist Showcase

2015 Gramarye The Mysterious Rolling Wool Bogey by Simon Young illustration

2014 Yorkshire Art Journal Feature

2014 Don’t Panic Online Artist showcase

2013 Northern Noise Feature