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Curriculum Vitae

Ann Rutherford

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Art Practice

I interrogate the relationship between humans and the natural environment. I make journeys, explorations and undertake physical activities, creating images of experience, often large scale and immersive. I utilise workshops, exploratory walks, printmaking, drawing, sound and photography to interact with the public and record the natural world. 

Exhibitions, Collaborations

Creation of Sound Walk for Great Douk Cave - examining the ritual landscape of Ingleborough, North Yorkshire

Collaboration with Luce Choules investigating the cave as a metaphor for sensory experience - November 2020

Over The Moss - collaboration with cellist and singer Sarah Smout to create illustrated poems about the peat bog - Commissioned by Settle Stories and Craven District Council - October 2020

The Folly, Settle (delayed) Fire and Stone (series of multi media drawings and art walks)

Keighley Creative Space - Retrospective show, February to June 2020

Into The Hills, solo show, Mill Bridge Gallery Skipton, September 5th - 27th 2019

Aire valley Artists, Keighley Creative Space Gallery, March 2018 

Bradford School of Art, MA 21st Anniversary show, Dean Clough Galleries, September 2014

Blood Relative Joint show, Denbies Wine Estate Gallery, Dorking June 2011

Blood Relative, Joint Show, Chequer Mead Gallery, East Grinstead, October 2010

Field Day, Ion Arts collaboration, Grassington Arts Festival 2009

Blood Relative, Joint Show, Chequer Mead Gallery, East Grinstead, 2009

Bradford School of Art, MA Alumni Show, Dye House Gallery, September 2008

Bradford School of Art MA visual Arts Show, Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, November 2006

Symposia, festival, CPD with Mountain / Environmental Arts Focus 

Performing Mountains, 3 day seminar, Dr Jonathon Pitches, Leeds University, April 2018

Kendal Mountain Festival - Arts strand - 2nd Performing Mountains seminar with Dr Jonathon Pitches, November 2018

Greening Arts Practice, Chrysalis Arts, Gargrave, 2017 to 2021

AN Coaching bursary April 2020

With artist Luce Choules. Using a complete rebuild of my website to question my practice, motivations and direction. 

Project Management

Craven Arts House: Client Lead for studio provision and creative workshop and training scheme in Skipton. This project is underway with grants successfully applied for from Architectural Heritage Fund, and funding from Heritage Action Zone.  Working alongside Craven District Council this project will be on site in the Autumn of 2021 and complete in 2022. 

KAFF Intimate 2020

Full responsibility for all aspects of festival planning; budgets, programing, artist liaison, social media campaign


Threshfield Quarry Regeneration Trust - on the board of the trust who are working to both safeguard this huge space and develop it with regard for the environment. 


Interim Director: Keighley Creative 

October 2019 - April 2020

Keighley Arts and Film Festival 2019

Manager with full responsibility for artists hiring and community connections, audience development, volunteer recruitment, budgets, publicity campaign, brochure production, events management, liaison with stakeholders. Resulting in a diverse, exciting and popular outcome in the first year.  Production and preparation of events for 2021 has been carried out. ACE funding bid written for 2021.

East Street Arts

January 2013 - June 2018
Senior Project Manager with responsibility for strategic and tactical management of the national Temporary Spaces programme, comprising over 100 buildings of creative activity across England and Wales. I managed a team of 5 in the Space Team, covering both the temporary spaces programme and 4 permanent studio buildings in Leeds. The team generated substantial income for East Street Arts benefitting the core programme and supporting 19 partnership organisations and 300 artists annually who occupied the spaces for artistic use.


Fabric Bradford
Position: Creative Programme Manager
October 2009 to December 2012
Creating artistic programmes and audience development strategies. Designing and producing complex immersive art events and multidisciplinary activities. Building and project management of Hand Made in Bradford craft shop and arts venue and Pop Up art space in 2009.  Saltaire Arts Trail commissions and other external programming activities and events including sound walks and live events.

Regional collaborations with arts and educational organisations and member of Ways of Looking Photography Festival consortium (Bradford based)

Funding bids, budgetary control, reports and evaluations for funding bodies. Marketing both print and social media, devising marketing campaigns, press releases. 

Management of networks: The Yorkshire Photography Network and Bradford Visual Artists Network, marketing and staging events

Supervision and training of staff and volunteers to run gallery spaces and events. 

Managing of Future Jobs Fund and Inspire I programme, reports, evaluation and financial record keeping for Bradford Council, and Project managing ‘Move On Up’ a graduate transition programme for Bradford Council.

Previous Employment History

Rutherford Creative Projects​ (January 2007 to October 2008) Freelance project management and design, creating graphics and 3D environments, specialising in museum and gallery exhibitions, fine art catalogues and illustrated texts

Bradford College​ (March to June 2008) Preparation of course resources for Interior Design HND

Bradford College ​(August – November 2007) Project manager for Multi (professional printmaking facility) exhibition and seminar project management

JANVS Design​ (January to June 2007)– Museum exhibition design project management, Preston Hall, Yarm

Rutherford and Wheeler Ltd ​(1991 – 2006) Company Director
Business specialising in the design of display mounts and exhibition installations in international gallery and museum environments. Full responsibility for strategy, financial planning and programming, client liaison, tender writing, financial record keeping, marketing and employees.

Craven College​ (2000 – 2006)– Tutor of Art Foundation and Interior Design courses, Craft based courses, course design and administration

Redman Design Associates​ (1989 - 1992) Museum and Gallery Exhibition project manager and designer, design and project management of temporary and permanent exhibition projects in museums across the UK, including managing large capital budgets and complete museum and gallery refurbishments. Museums include Passmore Edwards Museum, Stratford; Farnham Museum, Hampshire

British Museum​ (1987 - 1989) Museum Exhibition Designer, design and project management of temporary and permanent exhibitions for the British Museum and Museum of Ethnography, including object interpretation and creation of interactive display elements and full gallery redisplay and refurbishment. Major exhibitions included ‘Living Arctic’ and The National Heritage Memorial Fund exhibition

Education and Qualifications
Common Purpose Meridian Leadership Programme, Graduate 2016

Bradford School of Art, 2004 - 2006
MA, Distinction​, Fine Art and Digital Printmaking

Bradford School of Art, 2007, Post Graduate Certificate Photography

Huddersfield University, 2000 - 2002

Post Graduate Certificate of Education

University of North London​, 1982 – 1985 

BA Degree Interior Design

Other courses and funded research

Fit for Funding
Social Media and Marketing for art organisations Managing email marketing
Turning Point Seminar
Contemporary Craft Fair, Devon

Research trip Arles Photography Festival research trip (ACE funded) Ways of Looking Festival

Craven College

Various p/t courses and certificates awarded in the following subjects: Adobe Photoshop
City and Guilds 7307 teachers certificate
Life Drawing


University of North London​ (1982 – 1985) BA Degree Interior Design

Southwark College​ (1982) A level Art grade B

College for the Distributive Trades​, London (1980 – 1982) Datec Diploma, Display Design, Exhibition Design, Graphics

Previously educated at Oxted County School, Oxted, Surrey

Boards and Voluntary Work

Craven Arts and Craven Arts House - Chair commenced May 2020

Threshfield Quarry

Settle Stories, Trustee since 2017
Saltaire Inspired, Selection committee for Arts Trail and Fair

Keighley Creative Space, Vice Chair

Consultant for Lothersdale Mill arts restoration project, including planning, funding applications, and design work


Karen Watson, Director, East Street Arts

Gemma Hobbs, Creative Director, Keighley Creative

Anne Mcneill, Director, Impressions Gallery

June 2021 

Arts Council DYCP grant received to undertake a years study incorporating sound into my practice

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