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Ruth Hecht

Ruth Hecht is an established Creative Producer and Curator who has worked with many artists and arts organisations in a wide range of social and community contexts. She has also worked strategically for the Arts Council and several Local Authorities, as well as on major arts initiatives linked to Health, Regeneration, Science and Diversity.

She is currently involved in two national initiatives which explore issues linked to identity and geography.

The shape of things is a national craft initiative funded by Arts Council England which is commissioning contemporary crafts from culturally diverse artists in Museum and Art Galleries. The shape of things was established to contribute to a debate about what distinctive contribution artists make to influence or reflect national identity, and looks at how their work references the intercultural nature of British society.

Hidden Presence is a national commissioning programme which will reveal and contextualise previously untold Black and Asian histories - people who lived in rural England before the end of the C19th. It will also challenge widely held perceptions within political, popular and academic arenas that Black Britain began with the arrival of migrants after World War Two.

Other current work includes:
    •An ongoing collaboration with Knowle West Media Centre - a media arts organisation committed to the exploration of socially engaged arts practice in a very local context, yet with international reach in terms of networks, sharing practice and collaborative projects, and which has a genuine commitment to excellence and innovation

    •Mentoring artists to support their creative practice

    •Personal family history research which interrogates the business, social and philanthropic networks which existed in Bristol in the C18th and early C19th connected to the slave trade

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