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Ruth Hughes CV


Ruth Hughes artist bio


I’m a sound artist and composer currently living in London but originally from Sunderland. My work includes choral composition inspired by plainchant, live improvisational performance as a self-taught harpist and experimental soundscapes.  

  I’m currently a studio resident at Somerset House Studios and I have also been part of Sound and Music’s Composer/Curator 2021/22 in my hometown of Sunderland for which Bella Canta Ladies choir performed a series of experimental scores alongside a video installation from collaborator Daniel Appleby. As well as taking part in the ICA’s New Contemporaries initiative in 2020. My work has been performed at IKLECTIK London and broadcast on Resonance FM.

I’m a completely self-taught composer and have managed to work through using experimental techniques to create performances that include both traditional and contemporary references. With an interest in contemporary dance music cultures and their contexts, in the past this has specifically referenced local dance music cultures to Sunderland.

I’m also a DJ and have performed both DJ and live sets across multiple venues inside and out of London including Ormside Projects, Venue MOT and Spanners.


FROM HEAVEN, Sound and Music Composer-curator, (2021/22)

To the Crew, ICA New Creatives, produced by NTS, (2020)

Co-producer on artist Prashant Nagar’s radio play production Dirty Reflection, Foreign Body Film: Open Source Collaboration, (2019)

Mentor for Rye Wax Youth Programme (2023)

Curated Exhibitions and Performances

FROM HEAVEN (2022) at Abject Gallery Sunderland (formerly The Athenaeum)

Selected Work and Exhibitions

FROM HEAVEN (2022) at The Athenaeum Gallery, Sunderland, 3 original scores performed by Bella Canta Ladies Choir

Cross My Heart (2022) sound installation at The Athenaeum Gallery, Sunderland

Angelus Enim (2021), original score performed by Ciara Reddy and Rubie Green, for Resonance FM extra series Teaching Computers To Love

Current Transmissions group show at the ICA London (2022), showing soundscape work To the Crew: Vocal Mix

Anywhere/ Baby You’re All That I Need (2021) sound installation, Avalon Cafe group show, Bermondsey

To the Crew: Vocal Mix (2021), 8-minute soundscape, broadcast on BBC Radio 6

Learn Ableton (2020), open source online document, self-published

6AM Eternal (2019), 30-minute radio piece broadcast on Resonance FM

6AM Eternal Live (2019), 30 minute hybrid DJ/live set performed at IKLECTIK London

Score for Matty Mancey-Jones’ short film Mother’s Gut (2019)

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