Ruth Novaczek was born in London, 1956. She studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (1979-81), Film and Video at St Martins School of Art (1983-86) and post graduate Fine Art at Central St Martins School of Art (1998-2000). She has worked in performance, film and video since 1983.
Ruth Novaczek has worked as an events organiser, curator and cinema programmer, and has guest lectured at universities and art schools including Barnard College New York, K.I.A.D., and Dartington College of Art. She was artist in residence at Dartington Arts from 2001-2003. She currently teaches video production and cinema studies at Westminster University and the British American College London. She recently completed a residency at The Artists House Herzliya, Israel.
Novaczek's films and installations have been shown nationally and internationally at cinemas, galleries and festivals, from the Tate Gallery and the 291 Gallery in London to The Kitchen in New York, the Salon D'Automne in Tel Aviv, Catalyst Arts Belfast and the Mishkan Omanim, Herzliya, Israel. In 1990 she received a G.L.A grant and a Sarah Noble Memorial Fund completion award for 'Rootless Cosmopolitans' in 1994 she was awarded the Arts Council Large Award for Philosopher Queen .