Criminal Quilts Exhibitions

 will be shown at the following venues in 2018

Festival of Quilts 9-12th August 2018

The launch exhibition will be the main textile showcase for my work and community pieces. This show is always very busy with around 20,000 visitors, many of whom I hope will stop at the exhibition.

This exhibition will include my earlier Criminal Quilts work developed since 2012 including the 2016 Festival of Quilts Fine Art Quilt Masters Competition piece Criminal Quilts : Hanging and Criminal Quilts : Patchwork.

This work will be shown alongside brand new pieces developed in response to the new research including work based on the data collected through the study of the 500 photographs. I am also working with Wolverhampton University Fashion and Textiles Department, students and academics to create new collaborative work, as well as large scale digital print and photographic pieces.

Brewhouse Art Centre, Burton-upon-Trent  7 September – 27 October 2018

This community-focussed gallery will showcase a selection of new and existing work created by me and project partners, including work created by students and communities. There will be an extensive programme of events, workshops, talks and community engagement at Brewhouse throughout the exhibition.



Wolverhampton University 1 November 2018 – 4 January 2019

This version of the exhibition will focus on the research behind the project and the work created by Ruth using the University facilities and support of the staff. It will also include expanded displays of student work including sketchbooks and a collaborative quilt. This exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium aiming to bring heritage, criminology, fashion history and art together, developed by Professor Fiona Hackney.

I have commissioned a new film from R&A Collaborations to showcase the archive material which cannot be shown in exhibitions, the research workshops and the creative processes which take place in her studio and in Wolverhampton University.

All exhibitions will also include the historical research display called Criminal Herstories which focusses on the archive photographs and documents, and what we have discovered about them. Find out more about Criminal Herstories display venues in summer 2018 and later in 2019 here.


2019 onwards

This exhibition is available for touring from January 2019 onwards and has been designed to be highly flexible to suit different kinds of venues including white-wall art galleries, community spaces, corridor displays. It can also include Criminal Herstories historical display.  Please contact Ruth Singer to discuss possibilities for your venue.