Born Cambridge, lives and works in London.

Ruth Beale studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and went on to receive an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Beale’s practice takes the form of action-research into historical and social discources, investigating cultural, epistemological and pedagogical concerns. The preservation and dissemination of ideas and objects through libraries and archives is a particular focus, often explored through writing and performance.

Selected Exhibitions


‘Event Show: The Way Things Go / A Way of Doing Things’, CRATE, Margate

‘Not in the Corners’, Maria Stenfors Gallery, London

‘Reading Complex’, Government Art Collection, London

‘The Language of the Flowers and the Stars’, Cubitt, London

‘The Starry Rubric Set’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire


‘Pamphlet Library’, Charlottenborg Books, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (solo)

‘Public Knowledge’, Cubitt, London (solo)

‘Oh, Zero, One’, Cell Project Space, London (joint with Una Knox)

‘The Department of Overlooked Histories’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire

‘Jobbers to the Stars’, Café Gallery Projects, London

‘The Anti-Library’, SPACE, London


‘Doers Drifters Dreamers’, Islington Mill, Salford

‘The Voyage of Nonsuch’, Whitstable Biennale, Kent (joint with Karen Mirza)


‘WHAT I BELIEVE (A Polemical Collection)’, SPACE, London (solo)

Selected Performances and Screenings


‘Now from Now’, Performance as Publishing, Basel Kunsthalle


‘England’s Pleasant Land: A Remake’, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire

‘Lindgren & Langlois’, Performance as Publishing, South London Gallery, London


‘The Voyage of Nonsuch,’ Image Mouvement, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève

‘Art for Virtue’s Sake’, Against Gravity, Institute for Contemporary Arts, London

‘The Voyage of Nonsuch’, BFI Southbank, London, screening and Q&A

‘The Aesthetics of Power’, FormContent, London


‘Master of Measurement’, doggerfisher, Edinburgh