Breathing Space: a solo show … an installation …


Breathing Space has been over a year in the making.

My work has evolved from ‘Visible, Invisible, Veiled’ which explored natures broken grids.

The format has changed from squares to rectangles – long, thin and wide.

Trees, forests and walking in the woods remain essential influences.

I’m drawing different aspects together: elements of and meanings from the ancient ways, linked with Christianity and my experiences of places, including Cathedrals, Buddhist Stupas, Hindu Temples, Stone Circles, the Labyrinth at Chartres – always coming back to nature.

Asking questions and trying to make sense of things, whilst celebrating life on earth.

And here’s the question:  ‘Did cathedrals, temples, stupas and labyrinths originate in the forest?’


Breathing Space will be in Monflanquin, Lot et Garonne at the Salle Aquitaine, from  Wednesday 21 August to Sunday 1 September 2019




See and hear how I arrived at Breathing Space



Breathing Space was first shown at The KCC Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in January 2019.


For more information or to meet me there, please send an email: ruth@ruthdent.com

Blizzard, acrylic on canvas abstract artwork to feature in Breathing Space Installation January 2019

Blizzard, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 160cm

Breathing Space started as I worked on a painting to embrace, envelop and immerse the Spectator.

That first painting became ‘Serenade: Blue and Red’.


Serenade: Blue and Red, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 320cm





I had used ‘The bluebells are out and it’s magic’ as my starting point, little realising that this one painting would initiate the creation of six 140 x 320cm canvases, together becoming ‘Serenade’ and the central piece of my ‘Breathing Space’ installation.

The bluebells are out and it’s magic, oil on canvas 100 x 100cm


Britten War Requiem Prints

I was thrilled to be the Petworth Festival‘s visual artist in it’s 40th anniversary year.

Kevis House Gallery, presented Britten’s War Requiem Print Exhibition as part of the festival’s 1918/2018 anniversary strand.  The show ran throughout the festival, from 17 July to 4 August.

Kevis House Gallery, Lombard Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AG is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 4.30pm.

Exhibitions Dies irae ll

Dies irae ll



Was installed at Le Théâtre des Treize Vents in Villeneuve-sur-Lot during May 2018.

This time Joël Coupé, Isabelle Tapie, Sabine Dugarry and I created our Labyrinthe installation on the stage at the theatre, with a single pathway winding across the stage.

Each sculpture, mobile and painting had its own space and was illuminated – sometimes with single lights, others with colour-changing lights – all of which highlighted patterns, textures, colours and shadows in the darkness.

Here are some images from our show.

Ruth Dent: Strata (r) and Blizzard

Sabine Dugarry: Minotaure

Isabelle Tapie: Theseus

Click on the image below to see the colour changes

Ruth Dent: Parcourir le labyrinthe de Chartres



Britten War Requiem Prints at REM

An exhibition of my Britten War Requiem Prints at the Royal Engineers Museum from 5 September to 17 December 2017.

Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1UR

Britten War Requiem prints exhibited at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, UK

Here’s a glimpse of the exhibition, in the beautiful chapel-like gallery at the Royal Engineers Museum.


Labyrinthe at Le Prieuré

Le Prieuré Le Mesnil Saint Martin, Montaut, 47210, France

The Labyrinthe installation was created by Joël Coupé, containing artworks by Sabine Dugarry, Isabelle Tapie and I in La Chapelle, combining sculpture, mobiles, paintings and illumination.   October 2017.

You can watch a video of our installation:

Click the image of Moondance to watch the Labyrinthe installation video

Ruth Dent: Moon Dance


Here are some images from the installation:

Labyrinthe installation in La Chapelle

Isabelle Tapie: Babel and Grand Yakapin; Ruth Dent: Parcourir le Labyrinthe de Chartres


Labyrinthe installation in La Chapelle

Sabine Dugarry: Le Fil Rouge


Labyrinthe installation in La Chapelle

Ruth Dent: Red, Yellow, Blue; Sabine Dugarry: Le Minotaure; Isabelle Tapie: Tourments et Utopie


Labyrinthe installation in La Chapelle

Sabine Dugarry Le Minotaure


Solo Exhibition at Portico Gallery

A selection of my paintings and scarves were at Portico Gallery, 25 London Road, Riverhead, TN13 2BU in February and March 2017.  Here are some views of the show:


Elemental, The Crossing Place, Turning Green and Voyage Out: Land & Sea at Portico Gallery




The show included (far right) Voyage Out: Land & Sea (oil on canvas), where the grids that I am now exploring first appeared.  Seen here with (from left): Elemental, The Crossing Place, and Turning Green (all acrylic on Moulin de Larroque paper).


Ripped Colours and What is beyond (scarves) and In a state of osmosis



Scarves, from left: Ripped Colours and What is beyond.  On the right, In a state of osmosis (oil on canvas) the first painting in the Visible, Invisible, Veiled series of work.


The Voyage Out













And the original ‘Voyage Out’ oil on canvas painting which has been transformed into the ‘Voyage Out Centenary Scarf‘.

Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum Open Exhibition 2016

In the Kaleidoscope Gallery from December 2016 through January 2017, this was a diverse group show.



Pictured: In a state of osmosis and The bluebells are out and it’s magic (oil on canvas): Ruth Dent; Frame 4, Black Mirror 2 and Frame 1 (graphite line on 40gsm paper): Rosalind Barker; Study of non-colour (cling film on primed canvas): Sonia Griffin

Papier et Mains at Moulin de Larroque, 24150 Couze, France


The main room at the Moulin, including a portrait of Georges Duchêne, who brought it back to life in 1972, placed appropriately over the door to the rear and the stairs leading down to where the paper is made.


In the back room, the complete series of Shifting Sand prints and Moon Dance.


Stepping down to a lovely space just above one of the streams running under the mill.

Sun on my face, Lifeforce, Charcoal l and Whirling.

See the exhibition video here

SVAF Open Exhibition 2015 at Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks


This exhibition ran from December 2015 to the end of February 2016.  SVAF Open, works from left: David Minton: Mother and Son, Straightjacket for a Child; Margaret Barrett: Migrants’ Boat, Dream Boat; Bill Hall: Drumlin Window; Marilyn Kyle: Homemaker ll; Ruth Dent: What it hides; Andrea Coltman: Remember Me – Hidden Child of the Holocaust (Erica Aged 72), Remember Me – Hidden Child of the Holocaust (Peter, Aged 76); Sonia Griffin: 3 Graces; Angela Carol Stocker: Fallen

National Open Print Exhibition 2015

I was delighted when ‘Dies irae l’ won the John Purcell Paper Award at this London exhibition.

Award winning Britten War Requiem print, Dies irae

Britten War Requiem Dies irae l

The complete series of 8 can be seen on my Prints page.

Art for Evensong Exhibition

Art for Evensong Exhibition at Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral, Altar

Inspired by Choral Evensong at Rochester Cathedral, I created a series of prints, a visual journey through the service, which I called ‘Celebrating Evensong‘.  I was thrilled when asked by the Dean & Chapter of Rochester Cathedral to enlarge the images and to paint them onto canvas banners measuring 1.35 x 2.5m, so they could hang in the Choir Transepts.

Art for Evensong Exhibition at Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral: North Choir Transept: Hymn (top) and Opening Responses

Art for Evensong Exhibition at Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral: South Choir Transept: Prayers (top) and Exit

They were there from October 2012 to January 2013.  Subsequently the exhibition travelled to three more English Cathedrals, visiting St German, Peel, Isle of Man in 2013, followed in 2014 by Worcester and finally Bradford. The photographs below show the exhibition at each location.

Art for Evensong Exhibition at St German, Isle of Man

St German, Peel, Isle of Man: Nave and West Window


Art for Evensong Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral, Nave, South Side


Art for Evensong Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral: Nave, North Side: Nunc Dimittus (top) and Creed


Art for Evensong Exhibition at Bradford Cathedral

Bradford Cathedral, Nave and East Window


See complete bodies of works:

Britten War Requiem Prints

Celebrating Evensong

Celebrating Evensong


Art for Evensong

Shifting Sand

Shifting Sand


The Voyage Out

The Voyage Out



Art Silk Scarves