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Prof Karin Ruggaber
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
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  • Professor of Fine Art/Sculpture
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Solo exhibitions include: greengrassi, London, 2018; Walter Knoll, London, 2015; PEER, London, 2013; greengrassi, London in 2012, 2008 and 2005; and Art Now, Tate Britain in 2006. Group exhibitions include: The Weather Garden, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, 2019; June Mostra, British School at Rome, 2019; CONDO, Proyectos Ultravioleta Guatemala City with greengrassi, London, 2017; El Curso Natural de las Cosas, La Case Encendida, Madrid, 2016; Quiz 2, MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2016; Accadra' domani, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, 2015; The Library Vaccine, Artists Space, New York, 2014; Quiz, Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, 2014; British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, and touring, 2010-11; Legende, Domaine De Chamarande, Paris, 2008; East International, Norwich, 2007; How to improve the World, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2005; René Daniëls and Karin Ruggaber, Bloomberg SPACE, London, 2002.

Karin Ruggaber was recipient of the Abbey Fellowship at the British School At Rome, Italy, in 2019. She is represented by greengrassi, London.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Karin Ruggaber makes sculpture as well as producing artist's books. She works with a range of different media considering materials in relation to their dynamic and association with particular activities, or representational function. Recent works include relief sculptures based on an invented and self-generating vocabulary of form and materiality, using materials such as concrete, plaster, fabric and wood. Coming out of a studio-based practice the work centres on ideas around figuration, ornamentation, aspects of touch and the relationship to architectural scale; core interests are a sensory experience with architecture, looking at the imaginary and intangible components of perceived values and their translation into public space. Principles of ordering and layering are set against the roughness and imprecision of material and surface. Ideas around architecture as manifestation of aspects of territory - as something that holds rather than can be held - form part of the wider project and narrative for the work.

Current research project: Rock Room Project 

The Rock Room Project is a research and exhibition project I have set up in 2013 in collaboration with the Department of UCL Earth Sciences and UCL Museums. Working with the neighbouring context of Earth Sciences generates opportunities and questions which lie on the edge of exhibition making, looking at matter, materiality and form, as well as the fantasies surrounding the disciplines. The core of the project until 2016 was an annual 1-day pop up exhibition at the UCL Rock Room. This revolves around attempts to find new forms of exhibition making, to look at the potential of collaboration and of thinking about material and sculpture through all the senses. We explore spaces that represent other forms of logic, beliefs, knowledge and disciplines such as geology, astrophysics, or applied art. Features and events include annual UCL Earth Sciences Laboratory tours to the Rock Physics, Micropaleontology and Geochemistry Laboratories, the UCL Regional Planetary Image Facility, the UCL Marine Engineering wave machine and the Anechoic Chamber. A 1-day Sculpture Park was held at the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey in March 2015 and June 2016. A workshop and symposium on "Poison" was held at the UCL Rock Room in 2016, involving 1980s perfume ads, a geochemist, a perfumer, an Anti-Brexit campaign as well as a 16th century field surgeon's manual courtesy of UCL Special Collections. 



Events for 2016/17 included a workshop with a bespoke perfumer on the relationship between the sense of smell and the sense of touch, a talk by an animal geographer, and an experiment in the UCL Ice Physics Laboratory, set at minus 15 degrees. 

In 2018 we received a UCL Dean’s Strategic Fund Award for a series of workshops on "Animal Perspective". Events include a Scent and Atmosphere workshop in the UCL Anechoic Chamber, a workshop on movement with choreographer Siobhan Davies, as well as working with the presence of dogs.

Teaching Summary

2019 - present Director of Studies, Slade Graduate Programme, Departmental Graduate Tutor (MA/MFA). Head of Graduate Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. 

2017 - present Senior Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Head of Graduate Sculpture.

2015 - 2017 Senior Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Acting Head of Graduate Sculpture.

2007 - 2015 Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Graduate Sculpture and PhD programme.

2000 - 2016 Associate Lecturer, Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL. BA Fine Art. 

2012 - present Visiting Lecturer, Royal Academy Schools, London. 

2011 - present Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London, BA Fine Art. 

2006 - 2009 Visiting Lecturer, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. 

2001 - 2008 Associate Lecturer, Camberwell Collge of Arts, UAL. BA Sculpture. 

Visiting Lecturing includes RCA, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Mozarteum Universität Salzburg. 

2021-24 External Examiner, BA Fine Art, Sculpture and Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow. 

2017-20 External Examiner, BA Fine Art, Newcastle University. 

2013-16 External Examiner, BA Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art. University of Edinburgh.

2013-16 External Examiner, MA Art and Space, European Art Practice, Kingston University.

2014-16 External Examiner, Graduate Diploma Creative Practice, Kingston University. 

2008 External Examiner, MFA Fine Art, Reading University. 

2014 Mentor, OUTPOST Norwich, Resident Artists Members' Exchange with FKSE Budapest. 

2008 - present: Low Tech Casting Workshop: Slade Summer School; Ruskin School of Fine Art & Drawing, Oxford; Chelsea College of Arts; Mozarteum Universität Salzburg.

Academic Background
1998   Master of Fine Arts University College London
1996   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Chelsea College of Art
1993   Foundation Course Chelsea College of Art
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