Ruth Watson is a multidisciplinary artist working across sculpture, video, installation, photography and painting as well as publishing creative and academic writing for a variety of books and catalogues. Watson grew up in Canterbury, moving to Wellington after completing undergraduate studies, working as an exhibiting artist. After moving to Berlin, Sydney and Canberra, she returned in 2006 to Aotearoa/NZ after 12 years abroad to take up a lectureship at Elam. Since 2006 Watson has been a permanent academic staff member in Fine Arts at Elam Te Waka Tūhura | Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries with research interests long revolving around maps and mapping, having been an early contributor to this field within fine arts internationally.
Watson’s Distinctions/Honours include; PHD, Fine Arts Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Wellington, Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Master of Visual Arts Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia, Sculpture Trust 4 Plinths Public Sculpture Award, Fulbright-Wallace Art Award, Visual arts residency at Headlands Centre for the Arts, Sausolito, California, a Walter W. Ristow Prize for an emerging scholar in the History of Cartography, an Asialink Australia Visual Arts Residency: New Delhi and a Visual arts residency, Kunst-Werke, Berlin.