Study/Jobs/Exhibitions/Poetry etc: London, UK (except where specified)
STUDY Wirral College of Art and Design Foundation Course (1978-79); Kingston Polytechnic BA Hons. Fine Art Painting (1979-82); Liverpool John Moores Univ. PGCE (1982-3); Courtauld Institute Post Grad. Dip. Art History (1993-4); Birkbeck College, Univ. London. MA, Art History (1996-98).
JOBS Art Tutor: Tower Hamlets Adult Education Institute (1984-9); Epping Forest College (1986-92). Art & Design History Lecturer: Redbridge Institute (1992-8); Essex University Extra Mural Dept. (1993-8); Birkbeck Extra Mural Dept. (1998-2003); Schiller International University (2002-9) Waltham Forest College (1994-2014). Arts Curriculum Leader: WEA (1999-2011).
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Whitechapel Open (1984) Museum of Labour History, South Bank Show (1986 prizewinner) Janus Avivson Gallery (1987-) Portobello and Tabernacle Galleries (1989-92) ‘An Artist Abroad’ (Arts Council touring exhibition 1989) Tricycle Theatre(1991) Red Gate Gallery (2005) 491 Gallery, Knightsbridge Gallery (2007) The Foundry (2007-9) No:ID Gallery (2008-9) The Illusion Of Art (Courtyard Theatre, 2011) Window Poems (Kitchen Window Gallery, 2015) Burning a Paper Plate (Kitchen Window Gallery, 2015) poetryartexchange (Undercurrents Gallery 2016) poetryartexchange (Centrala Birmingham 2017) Studio 97 Ventnor (2019)
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Museum of London; Museum of Labour History, Manchester
POETRY AND ART: Steve Rushton started writing poetry in 2004, performing on radio (Resonance FM) and in London’s East End. He has three publications with erbacce-press: Burning a Paper Plate…and towards a new art (2015), and lines written…(2019) (http://erbacce-press.webeden.co.uk/steve-rushton/4587874397). From 2015 to 2017 he co-ordinated poetryartexchange(Romania/UK), an international collaborative project involving exhibitions, gigs and an online book of the same name published by Contemporary Literature Press, the online publishing house of University of Bucharest (https://editura.mttlc.ro/rushton-poetryartexchange-romania-uk.html)
His poetry and art were part of another international project and anthology, Mosty:Bridges (Warsaw 2017). In the past three years he’s received Arts Council England grants: in 2017 for a poetryartexchange exhibition at Centrala Birmingham, and in 2018 for Constanta Project, a poetry and art collaboration based in Romania involving conferences, exhibitions, gigs (with his band Ovid with Reverb) and an online book Notes (on comparing English Translations by Christopher Marlowe and John Dryden from Ovid’s Amores 1.1, 1.4 & 2.19), a mixture of poetry, art and research edited by Lidia Vianu and published by Contemporary Literature Press ( http://editura.mttlc.ro/steve-rushton-notes.html ).Thanks (to Ovid), an illustrated long poem in English and Romanian, is to be published in late 2020. His artworks can be found on http://www.instagram.com/srushton13.
Also: member of Poets Anonymous since 2005; poems published by Nazar Look Constanta Romania (October and November 2012); Metric Conversions (2013 anthology); Not Your Average Type (a poetry single, Sweet Sex Education Teacher from Chichester, 2012); Poezia Dzisiaj Warsaw 107, 2014; Flying Between Words, 2015; interviews/appearances include: Resonance FM (Hello Goodbye show 25/4/15), Croydon Radio (Poets Anonymous podcast, Sunday 12th April 2015), bookseekeragency.com (May 2013 archive) Nazar Look Constanta Romania (November 2012 edition).
OTHER: Drummer for various bands including Uncle Rabbit (2004-8), The Mosquitos (1989-98), The Roadbreakers (1991-96). Currently with Slow Cats (https://slowcats.bandcamp.com/) and Ovid with Reverb (https://soundcloud.com/user-153856495)
Lives in Ventnor, UK. Tel. 0044 7960 802 506.
Born 1959, Merseyside, UK.