Having worked closely together for over 20 years Rutter & Bennett’s practice spans public art, sculpture, performance, textile design, poetry and sound.
They have made a variety of work from large-scale public art, collage, installations, sculptural performance pieces & soundscapes, poetry and artists books. A sculptor and textile designer respectively, they approach projects with an interest in material play and often work within cross-disciplinary collaborations.
They have exhibited widely with sculpture commissioned by Cass Sculpture Foundation and a number of Hospitals and Developers, performance with Needless Alley Collective and Collectress, and Artists Books shown at the Arnolfini, London Artists Bookfair and EINA Barcelona. Their work with poetry and collage has taken them to Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and Holland and they have undertaken artists residencies in Berlin, Cyprus and Mexico.
Their practice has been endorsed through support from Arts Council England, The British Council, European Leonardo Fellowships, the McColl Arts Foundation, Cass Sculpture Foundation, the Henry Moore Foundation and University for the Creative Arts.
Evelyn trained as a Printed Textiles designer at Winchester College of Art and The Royal College of Art and initially worked as a designer of textiles and ceramics for companies such as Habitat, Esprit, Marks and Spencer, French Connection and George Davies.
She has worked in Germany, Italy and Zimbabwe in her capacity as a designer and was been awarded The South East Arts Travel Bursary to Mexico.
She has taught at Norwich College of Art, The Royal College of Art, University of East London, ESMOD Berlin, Bauhaus University Weimar and the University for Creative Arts where she is currently Senior Lecturer on the B.A. Printed Textiles course.
Christopher Rutter was trained at Wimbledon College of Art and The City and Guilds of London Art School as a Stone Carver/Sculptor and did his M.A. in the School of Architecture at East London University. He has worked as an architectural carver on a wide variety of old and new buildings including Westminster Abbey, Ely Cathedral and King’s College chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
He has received a Henry Moore Trust Award to work at Portland Sculpture Park, the McColl Arts Foundation Travel Award to Zimbabwe and craftsmanship awards for his stone carving work, such as some of the new figures for the West Front of Westminster Abbey. Working with Evelyn he has been the recipient of Arts Council awards for research and exhibition funding and has also taught in various Art colleges and Architecture departments including Kent University School of Music and Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, University of East London School of Built Environment, Bauhaus University Weimar and The Bartlett School of Architecture.