Judith Rugg is an artist and art theorist and Professor of Contemporary Art & Spatial Culture at the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury where she teaches on the MA Fine Art and MA Curating. Her research interests focus on the relationships between contemporary art and concepts of site, space and place.
Judith Rugg’s publications include: Spatialities: The Geographies of Art & Architecture (2012); Exploring Site-Specific Art:Issues of Space and Internationalism (2010); Issues in Curating, Contemporary Art and Performance (2012); The Barbican: living in an airport without the fear of departure (2012); Migrations of “Placeness” in Layla Curtis’s Newcastlegateshead (2008); Maternal Loss, Transitional Space and the Uncanny in Alison Marchant’s ‘Kingsland Road, London-East’ (2005); Sophie Calle’s ‘Appointment’ at The Freud Museum: Intervention or Irony? (2005); Psychoanalysis, Cultural Hegemony and the Authentic: processes of [dis]placement in Susan Hiller’s ‘At the Freud Museum’ (2005);Utopia from Dystopia: The Women’s Playhouse Trust and The Wapping Project (2002); Advances in Art and Urban Futures: Recoveries and Reclamations (2002); Regeneration or Reparation? Loss, Death and Absence in Anya Gallaccio’s ‘Forest Floor’ and ‘Intensities and Surfaces’ (2001).
Her exhibitions include: Downtown Bexley, Ohio, Gallery 51, London; Scape-land, OSU Gallery, Columbus, USA. Words, Signs and Syllables, Plymouth Arts Centre; Vernissage, Eastgate Gallery, Vermont.Stilled Lives, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Transmissions Gallery, Glasgow. A Cultural Package, Riverside Studios, London; Artists’ Parish Maps, London Ecology Centre. Food as Politics, Camerawork Gallery, London. A World’s Waste, Kendal Arts Centre. The Medium and the Message, Rochdale Arts Gallery. Someone’s Backyard? Robert MacDougall Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand. Her work is included in the following collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council of England, Museum of Contemporary Art, Auckland, Liverpool University, Open University and the Contemporary Arts Society.
Judith Rugg is currently working on a series of events which investigate the relationships between the diversities of contemporary art practice, concepts of landscape and the performance of place.