Ruth is a passionate, creative Canberra local. A singer and songwriter herself, Ruth knows first hand the struggles many creatives and artists go through to get their work seen and heard.

Ruth has been in the Canberra arts scene and is passionate about seeing it grow and thrive. In the past, she has worked for Accessible Arts, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Women with Disabilities ACT, Canberra Music Tuition and Music for Canberra and Into Tomorrow. Ruth has also taught singing privately and run group singing workshops and classes.

Currently, Ruth’s main focus is on building Mary Violet Creative, an idea that she’s been passionate about now for many years. Ruth believes in the value of the arts and how they benefit each and every human being on the planet. Mary Violet Creative is a creative business founded to support other creative businesses.  Mary Violet Creative hosts workshops and events (currently online only), provides up-to-date information and support for artists with the business and administrative sides of their work.


Ruth performs with Rebus Theatre and also writes the monthly Locality column for BMA Magazine. Ruth is also a member of The Childers Group: An Independent Arts Forum, The Canberra Artists Action Group, is on the Board for the National Live Music Awards and is part of the Kingston Arts Precinct Community Panel.

While building Mary Violet Creative is a huge creative project in itself, outside work Ruth enjoys playing Zelda on the Nintendo Switch, playing board games, having coffee with friends, going on day trips to regional towns, hanging out with her beautiful partner, Allan, and cuddling her gorgeous cat, Abigail.

You can find out more about Ruth's most recent creative venture, Mary Violet Creative at

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