Ruth Millington

Hello and welcome to my website. 

I am an art consultant, curator and writer with over 13 years’ experience of developing exhibitions, programming bespoke creative events, managing artists and their estates, advising on the acquisition and commissioning of artworks, and writing about culture.

During an MA in Art History at the University of Oxford, I specialised in modern and contemporary art. Since then, I have gained extensive knowledge of the art world by working for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Connaught Brown in Mayfair, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and the Ashmolean Museum.

I am the author of MUSE (Penguin, 2022) which uncovers the true stories of 30 muses, from Dora Maar and Elizabeth Siddal to George Dyer and Peter Schlesinger. My first children’s book, This Book Will Make You An Artist (Nosy Crow, 2023), invites children to take creative inspiration from great artists of the past, while I recently worked as a consultant on a Ladybird Read It Yourself art title.

I write about the visual arts for publications including TIME, The Independent, the Telegraph, Art UK and Dazed. As a modern and contemporary art expert and confident speaker, I have been featured on TV and radio including Sky Arts, the BBC, C4, ITV and TRT World. Most recently, I co-presented a documentary on ‘The Bohemians of Balsall Heath’ with Stewart Lee for BBC R4.  

Working with museums and galleries, I have written extended essays for exhibition catalogues on artists including Emmy Bridgwater, Samin Ahmadzadeh, Annette Pugh, Shani Rhys James, Baltasar Lobo, Ben Nicholson and Julie van der Vaart. In 2019, I wrote a catalogue on the artist Eric Tucker to accompany a major show at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, achieving national press coverage.

Recent freelance curatorial projects include Reframing the Muse at ROSL in Mayfair, London Art Fair’s 2023 Platform and curating luxury apartments in The Goodsyard, Birmingham. 

I lecture on art history, and have spoken at a range of venues including The 92nd Street Y, New York, Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Holburne Museum, the University of Oxford and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. 

Want to work with me? Email me on [email protected] or read more about the ways in which we can collaborate here. 

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