Christopher Rutter and Evelyn Bennett have worked closely together since 1994. In collaboration they have made large-scale sculpture for a number of locations including Chichester, Hastings and Swindon Hospitals and ‘Sculpture at Goodwood’.
They have exhibited widely and have been artists in residence at a number of schools, working with the Creative Partnerships national initiative.
Principally they are interested in working within an architectural and large-scale environment, but find outlets for their work in a wide variety of media and situations, for instance interior and furniture design, mixed media collages and artists’ books.
They have been awarded a South East Arts Direct Support Grant for incorporating digital technology into their work, which has seen expression in large-scale digital prints for Moat Housing Association, Hastings Hospital, Gosport Discovery Centre and Brompton Westbrook and Minterne Junior Schools.
South East Arts also helped financially with the production of the ‘Circus’ show at the De La Warr Pavilion in 1998, which also toured to the Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth and Brighton University Gallery.
In collaboration with architects Baker-Brown Mackay they worked on a proposal for new cultural centre at Sittingbourne and have worked with architect Fabio Gonzalez-Calzada on work for an exhibition of digital prints supported by Arts Council England. In 2005 they were awarded a Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship to work at Cyprus College of Art.
In 2006 they were awarded a merit medal in the International Sculpture competition of the Beijing Olympics and were part of a subsequent touring exhibition in China. Lately they have pursued an interest in intermediate work and have been awarded research grants from British Council/Arts Council and UCA Research Institute to incorporate performance, poetry, sound/music and wearable sculpture into their collaborations with such groups as Collectress and Rambert Contemporary Dance.
Evelyn trained as a Printed Textiles designer at Winchester College of Art and The Royal College of Art and has since 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 has 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 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.