For Ruth Ewan, history doesn’t just belong in the past. It informs the present and tells us how we might live in the future. Her projects and exhibitions often unearth neglected historical figures or remind us of groundbreaking political movements.
Ruth Ewan works in many different ways: in sculpture and installation, in print, text, events and performance, but her art is less about objects than about ideas. Above all it is about people and the ways they have tried, and keep trying, to transform the world they live in.
Often celebrating activists and radical thinkers, Ewan’s work encourages collaboration and participation – in the past she has worked with historians, traditional craftsmen, musicians and school children to explore overlooked areas of political and social history, reviving these forgotten thoughts and ideas and highlighting their continued relevance today.