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Curator Profile

Ruth Cayford

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Ruth is the Creative Industries and Culture Manager for Cardiff Council, working in the economic development directorate, supporting the cultural portfolio. 


Ruth advises both local and Welsh government on matters of arts, culture and the development of the Creative Industries and is part of the UK Core Cities Culture group. She is leading on the development of a partnership with Cardiff University and the Arts Council of Wales that aims to develop Cardiff’s cultural profile as a city celebrated for its arts, culture and creative industries. 


Prior to this, Ruth was the Visual Arts Manager for Cardiff Council. In this role she organised and curated the Welsh Artist of the Year competition from 2006 - 2016? and co-curated the first Outcasting: Fourth Wall- artist moving image festival. Committed to the development of the visual arts in Wales, her portfolio also included Cardiff Contemporary, an initiative and festival that works in partnership with Wales’ visual art, design and architecture communities, aiming to establish an innovative progressive capital city for visual arts to thrive.


Originally from Margam, Port Talbot, Ruth trained as a painter in Swansea and has worked for the arts in Wales for 20 years. During this time, she has curated numerous exhibitions and projects, creating  opportunities for artists and creative producers in the heart of the capital city and beyond.


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