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Ruth Moilliet





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Ruth Moilliet produces highly finished metal and glass sculptures inspired by the plant kingdom.  In her work she aims to draw the viewer’s attention to both the overall spectacle and individual beauty of a flower.

Her work is inspired by her close study of a particular species and the beautiful, intricate forms she discovers.  The finished pieces and the materials used explore the apparent fragility of an individual plant contrasted with its ability to sustain existence through ongoing lifecycles.

Her sculptures are predominantly made from metal but she often combines other materials such as glass and acrylic to reflect her interpretation of a particular structure. 

As well as her metal sculptures she has produced two bodies of work using float glass.  Originally starting with real flowers layered between the glass, her more recent pieces use images and etchings. Each panel depicts the beauty found in a range of British wild flowers and replicates the profusion in which they can be found naturally.

Ruth’s artworks are limited editions, she has created numerous commissions and her work features in corporate, institutional and private collections both internationally and across the UK.







Allium Scubertii

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Educational Qualifications
MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2000-2002
BA (hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997-2000
Foundation in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1996-1997

AHRB Postgraduate Professional and Vocational Award to study MA Art as Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University
North West Arts Board, Setting Up Scheme Award and Placement, 2001-2003
Best Bespoke Accessory for ‘Allium’ in Design and Decoration Awards 2004

Ruth's Allium Sculpture was recently featured on BBC Gardeners World

See Joe Swifts section of the programme on design

Ruth Moilliet's work is currently exhibited at:
Summers Place
The Walled Garden, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9AB
Live Auction, Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 1.30pm
Sealed Bid Auction, Thursday 24th May 2012
Exhibits - Pollination Sphere, Passiflora, Hydrangea Glass Press

Moncrief Bray Gallery

Woodruffs Farm, Egdean, West Sussex, RH20 1JX

19 May- 23rd June

Exhibits - Pollination Stems, Pollination Canvas, Seedheads, Allium, Glass Presses, Wildflower glass panels

Avebury Manor
National Trust Estate Office, High Street, Avebury, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF
4th May - 10th June
Exhibits - Pollination Canopy, Pollination Stems, Allium, Wildflowers

Bilston Craft Gallery

Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LU

Kitchen Garden 18 February - 30th April

Exhibits - Pollination Stems, Pollination Canvas

Waterside Arts Centre

1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF

More Than Floral 28 April - 7th July

Exhibits - Pollination Stems, Pollination Canvases and Glass presses

A selection of Ruth's work can also be seen at

The Sculpture Park

Churt, Farnham, Surrey

Exhibits - Allium Schubertii, Passiflora, Pollination Stems, Pollination Canvases, Glass Presses, Eryngium

Artzu, Manchester

Exhibits - Glass Presses

Barbed, Barnes, London

Exhibits - Pollination Stems free standing and wall mounted

Cupola Gallery

178 Middlewood Road, Sheffield

Exhibits - Pollination Stems and Glass presses

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

Exhibits - Pollination Stems

Artisan Fine Art Gallery

Exhibits - Sandblasted Glass Panel

Solo Exhibitions

Ruth Moilliet – Museum of Museums with Comme Ca Art

Ruth Moilliet – Springtime Exhibition

Ruth Moilliet – A Unique Presentation

Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery
The Brindley, Runcorn
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

Barbed, Barnes, London
Gallery Oldham, ‘Meadowlands’ exhibition

William Herschel Museum, Bath – uk

Storey Gallery, Lancaster (with Tricia Gillman)
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Platform Gallery, Clitheroe (with Andy Goldsworthy)
2007Atkinson Art Gallery, SouthportKirkcaldy Museum and Art GalleryThe Brindley, RuncornWarrington Museum and Art Gallery2006Barbed, Barnes, LondonGallery Oldham, ‘Meadowlands’ exhibition2005William Herschel Museum, Bath –

Group Exhibitions

The Sculpture Park, Churt
Sotherbys Summers Place Auctions
Close to Nature, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
Bilston Gallery, West Midlands
Spiralling Skywards, National Trust Nymans
Art de Jardin, Wingwell Sculpture Garden, Rutland
Fresh Air, Quenington, Gloucestershire
Art in the Garden, Rococo Gardens, Painswick, Gloucestershire

Summer Festival, Kew Gardens
Inspired by Plants, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Art de Jardin, Wingwell Sculpture Garden, Rutland The Outer Space Company, Oxford Mille Fiora, Gallery One, Grayshott, Surrey
Tatton Flower Show

Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
Outside Art, Coventry
Cube Gallery, Bristol
One Church Street Gallery, Aylesbury

Toronto Art Fair with Sarah Myerscough Gallery
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Barbed, Barnes, London
The Garden House Sculpture Garden, Wrexham
Art de Jardin - Wingwell Sculpture Garden, Rutland ( May – Sept)
Design Show Liverpool (18 - 22 June)
Platform Gallery, Clitheroe (17 May – 12 July)

Chelsea Flower Show
Barbed, Barnes, London
Art de Jardin - Wingwell Sculpture Garden, Rutland
Beaux Arts, Bath
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Beaux Arts, Bath
Henley Festival
Chelsea Flower Show
Galanthus Gallery, Hertfordshire
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro

Designs for Life - Turnpike Gallery, Leigh
Make Me - Manchester Art Gallery
Seats and Seeds - Barbed, Barnes, London
Flora Metallica - Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester
Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail
Sculpture in the Garden - Harold Martin Botanic Gardens, Leicester
Art de Jardin - Wingwell Sculpture Garden, Rutland
Fresh Air 2005 - Quenington Sculpture Trust, Gloucestershire
Art for Outdoors - Platform Art Gallery, Clitheroe
Collect, V&A London

Sofa, Chicago
Pleasure Garden - Nottingham Castle
Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Secret Garden - Sheffield Museum and Art Gallery
The Garden House Sculpture Garden, Wrexham
Fox Linton Showroom, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre
Everything you can imagine is real - Harris Museum, Preston

Turton Towers, Bolton
In The Making - FAD, Barcelona
Thermo 03 - Lowry, Salford
Out There - Crafts Council, London
Explorations - Botanic Garden of Wales
Westonbirt Festival of Gardens, Gloucestershire
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey
Always Floral - The Pearoom, Lincolnshire

Adventurous Wild Flowers: Their Art and Science – Gallery Oldham, Oldham   Touring for 2 years to Scarborough Art Gallery, Usher Art Gallery Lincoln, Bolton Art Gallery, 20-21 Arts Scunthorpe, Durham Art Gallery.
The Collection - Timber Wharf Gallery, Comme Ca Art Space 1, Manchester
Sculpturespace - Café Gallery, Bermondsey, London
Art In The Garden 2 - Sir Harold Hilliers Gardens and Arboretum, Hampshire
A Progression - Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, Yorkshire
Art In The Garden 1 - Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Commissioned Artworks in corporate and private collections across the UK and internationally, examples of these are;
"Pollination Sculpture" Commissioned by Kew Gardens for 2010 Summer Festival
"Eden Tree" Commissioned by Wates for Accord Housing Association, Showell Park, Wolverhampton
‘Meadow Panels’ Commissioned by International Corporate Art for Oasis of the Seas Cruise Ship
‘Tree of Life’ Commissioned by Halsall Lloyd Partership for Olive Gardens, Liverpool.
‘Wildflowers’ Commissioned by Kier Group and Oldham Council for a courtyard at Oldham Library
‘Allium’ Commission for the Four Seasons Hotel, HongKong
‘Seedhead’ Commission for Spaced Out, as part of the largest scale model of the Solar system and sited at the William Herschal Museum, Bath.
‘Allium’ Commissioned by Dolphin Square Trust, London, for the Dolphin Square Hotel
‘Allium’   Commissioned by Urban Splash for Timber Wharf development, Manchester
‘Cardoon Parachutes’ Commissioned by Botanic Garden of Wales for Explorations Exhibition.
‘Allium Schubertii’ Commissioned by Annie Guilfoyle for BBC Small Town Gardens series now in a Private garden.

Permanent Collections
Atkinson Art Gallery,Southport, Lancashire 
‘Corncockle and Cowslip’

Gallery Oldham, Lancashire                           
‘Dandelion Parachutes’
‘Buttercup’ and ‘Daisy’
‘Iris and Musk Mallow’ 

Warrington Art Gallery    
‘Cornflower and Wild Carrot’

Runcorn Arts Centre                            
‘Poppies and Teasle’

Television, Radio and Internet
BBC Radio 4, Front Row, interview about practice.
Small Town Gardens, BBC series, interview and commission.
BBC Radio Merseyside, interview about Atkinson Exhibition.
Painting Flowers, BBC4 series, interview and work featured on website.

Homes and Antiques (July 2008) Article featuring Ruth and her work
Exhibition Catalogue for Meadowlands exhibition (May 2006)
Home and Gardens (February 2006) Sculpture Featured in Garden section
Guardian (17th December 2005) Article featuring Ruth and her work
Crafts (January 2004) Exhibition feature for Platform Gallery exhibition
House and Garden (July 2003) work featured at the Westonbirt Festival
Telegraph (5th July 2003) work featured in Crafts Council exhibition
The Sunday Times (15th June 2003) work at the Westonbirt Festival
The Times (12th April 2003) Article about Garden sculpture featuring work.
Gallery Guide for Crafts Council Out There Exhibition (June 2003)
Gardens Illustrated (March 2003) Profile Article about my practice
Buyers Guide to Contemporary British Metal Pub by Crafts Council 2001
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