Ruth Millington

Hello and welcome to my website!

I am an art historian, critic and author, based in Birmingham (UK).

Art History 

As an art historian, I specialise in modern and contemporary art, researching overlooked muses and artists, including women, working-class, outsider and self-taught painters.

After completing a Masters in art history at the University of Oxford, I spent 5 years working for museums and galleries across the UK, including the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and the renowned art dealership Connaught Brown.

How do I become an art writer?

Newspapers, magazines & art publications

Today, I write about art and culture for a number of publications. I write a monthly column for Rise Art. I have had writing featured in the Sunday Times, Daily Express, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, BBC, and the i newspaper.


My first book, ‘Muse’, which uncovers the unsung heroes behind art history’s masterpieces, will be published by Square Peg/Vintage in 2022. It is being illustrated with unique artworks of each muse by Dina Razin. If you can, please do pre-order a signed copy from my local museum here. 

I have worked the family of artist Eric Tucker to write a book telling the significant story of ‘Eric Tucker: The Unseen Artist’.

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Art expert 

I have been featured as an art expert on TV and radio. Appearances have included BBC Breakfast, ITV News, Sky Arts, Radio 4’s Today programme, Woman’s Hour, BBC WM Radio and Heart FM.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art 

I also manage the careers service at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, advising students and graduates on successful careers in the arts.

Contact me here. 

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