multidisciplinary visual artist [b. malta]
works in malta and the uk

ruth bianco creates work and projects in contemporary fine art contexts; shows her work internationally, operating between studios in malta and england; received postgraduate and doctoral fine art education at the university for the creative arts, kent, uk; has taught and supervised postgraduate fine art at the university for the creative arts uk and at transart institute (europe/usa); lectures in fine art within the departments of visual arts, architecture and urban design, and digital arts at the university of malta, and supervises postgraduate fine art and architectural thesis and exhibition projects; is currently advisor for contemporary art and culture on malta government ministerial boards for the coordination of capital cultural projects (cbcp), and on the national commission for unesco.


education
2005  phd fine art, university for the creative arts / university of kent at canterbury, kent, uk
         [thesis: ground erasure - an investigation of the notion of "territory" through theories of deterritorialisation and machinic connectivity]
1999  ma fine art, university for the creative arts / university of kent at canterbury, kent, uk
         [thesis project: veils of absence - site and light]
1995  cert. diplomatic studies, mediterranean academy in diplomatic studies / university of malta
         [dissertation: the basel convention and the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal]
1991  post graduate cert. education, university of malta
         [dissertation: art as an enhanced medium in education]
1985  ba honours english literature, university of london, london, uk

research award
2000  phd full tuition scholarship awarded by kiad / universtiy for the creative arts, kent, united kingdom

collections
tate britain archive and special collection, london
victoria and albert museum archive and special collection, london
royal college of art special collection london
university for the creative arts special collection, uk
university of kent special collection, uk
communication design association of korea, seoul
john mackintosh hall, gibraltar
bank of valletta, malta
hsbc, malta
national museum of fine arts, malta
mca (malta contemporary art)
maltese embassy in paris
work in private collections internationally

curated projects
[curatorial practice also includes concepts, installation design and management, texts, media, graphics relating to all personal installations]
2016  art in architecture - aqua, exhibition project with architecture students, bam garden arts & music event, balzan, malta
2015  art in architecture - float, exhibition project with architecture students in the faculty for the built environment, university of malta
2013  camouflage, revolution, and desire, co-curated with richard davies, palazzo de piro cultural centre, mdina, malta
2012  camouflage, revolution, and desire, co-curated with richard davies, the horse hospital, bloomsbury, london
2011  art in architecture, installation project with architecture students in the faculty for the build environment, university of malta
2010  art in architecture - drift, exhibition project with architecture students in the faculty for the built enviornoment, university of malta
2009  the world next door, installation of eight international filmmaker and video artists at the mca [malta contemporary art], malta
2009  art in architecture - A by A installations, exhibition project with student architects, faculty for the built environment, university of malta
2008  mile of paper, bookarts by research artists uk in the painting galleries of the museum of fine arts, valletta, malta
2008  eight-eighteen, co-curated installation exhibition project by start artists malta, mca malta contemporary art, malta
2005  blitz, co-curated installation exhibition project by start artists, birgu war shelters, malta
2003  borders book launch-exhibition, co-curated exhibition by start artists, saint james cavalie, valletta, malta
2003  borders, co-curated installation exhibition project by start artists malta, valletta waterfront vaults, malta
2002  berthold mallman [architect/artist] exhibition, opening speech published sunday times, at german/maltese circle, valletta
2002  cityspaces, co-curated installation exhibition project by start artists malta, disused building, valletta

artists group
2002  founding member of start
          a group of maltese artists developing co-curated exhibitions and collaborative publications

guest artist talks and crits
2015  travelogue yunnan presentation, chinese cultural centre, valletta
2015  open crit architectural design workshop, EASA august '15, architecture project, valletta
2013  gallery talk at art/book launch, palazzo de piro, mdina, malta
2012  gallery talk, opus 64 galerie, sliema, malta
2010  performative creativity masters programme, university of malta
2008  transart institute linz / donau-universitat, krems, austria
2008  institute for tourism, culture and travel, university of malta
2008  school of art and design, mcast targa gap, malta
2007  galerie fiducia, ostrava, czech republic
2002  uber groupshow, portomaso underground, malta
1999  regular invitee 1999-2010, kiad and university for the creative arts, kent, uk

academic and professional development
2014  member evaluation committee malta representation at milano EXPO 2015
2013  board member of national commission for unesco, ministry for education, malta
2013  board member of coordinating board for culture projects, ministry for justice, culture and local councils, malta
2012  board member of faculty board for the built enviornment, university of malta
2008  contracted senior lecturer in art & design in the dept of architecture and urban design at the university of malta
2008  contracted faculty mentor and personal advisor in fine art research at transart institute linz at donau universitat, austria
2005  invited panel member for the degree re-validation of the ma/mfa [international practice] at the uca, kent, uk
2005  examiner for mfa [international practice] at the university for the creative arts, uk
2005  first phd fine art award at the university for the creative arts and university of kent, kent, united kingdom
2005  appointed member dissertation examining board, university of malta
2005  contracted visiting lecturer in fine art at faculty of education, university of malta
2004  visiting researcher at the digital art research centre [darc], uca, kent, uk
2001  contracted visiting lecturer and personal supervisor for postgraduate fine art, university for the creative arts, kent, uk
2001  invited panel member for degree validation of the mfa (international practice) at the kent institute of art and design, kent, uk
2000  sessional visiting tutor in fine art research practice at the kent institute of art and desgin, kent, uk
2000  research award to undertake phd fine art research at kent institute of art and design, kent, uk
1999  academic research/practice exemplar for design of mfa (international practice) at kiad/uca, kent, uk

artistic biographical catalogues, research papers, articles and book publications - selection
2015  float; featured artical, THINK magazine, university of malta
2014  a vision for opportunity; research paper, mrer - malta review for educational research, mrer malta
2014  artists rewriting artists; essay for exhibition catalogue when the angels raged; wax wings publications, malta-uk
2012  camouflage, revolution, and desire - drawing from movies; [book with richard davies] wax wings publications, malta-uk
2010  spaces|spazji thinking strait; exhibition catalogue published by malta council for culture and the arts (pp 24-29)
2010  projected vision II; catalogue apollonia european exchange published by routage et diffusion, france
2010  price-less retail therapy in brussels; review article by lisa gwen baldacchino, times of malta (thurs march 25, p 23)
2010  interview; feature article by andre delicata; published circle sunday times magazine
2009  art in context; feature article by louis lagana; grip malta airport magazine(pp 48-49)
2008  cross-currents critical essays on art & culture; edited raphael vella; essays john baldacchino; allied publications (pp 82; 130)
2008  virtual residency; catalogue published kruger druck & verlag, dillingen, germany (pp 119; 142-143)
2007  crossings - une vue contemporaine; catalogue published imprimerie yvert, paris, france (pp 34-37)
2006  l'art, la femme, l'europe; catalogue published art-fab, france (pp 38-39)
2006  uca postgraduate prospectus 2007/08; article: uncharted territory; published university for the creative arts, uk  (pp 10-11)
2006  ground erasure; article for kultura magazine; published malta council for the arts
2005  blitz; catalogue published by start artists, malta
2005  doublefirst at kiad; article in perspective magazine; published kent institute of art & design, uk
2004  breakthrough - perspective on art from the 10 new eu member states; catalogue published stichting grote kerk, the hague
2003  borders; catalogue published start artists, malta (pp 24-29)
2003  interview; featured artist article and front cover design in graphic design korea - 2003_08 Vol. 95; (pp 54-57)
2002  cityspaces; catalogue published start artists, Malta
2001  transcending fixed geographies; article published in an-artist newsletter magazine uk, newcastle, england, uk
2001  conference paper for why not change the world - communication culture, crossover & design;  published cdak,
          international communication design conference for artists and designers, seoul, korea