Peter Ford RWA RE
Senior Academician of the Royal West of England Academy; Senior Fellow, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers; Member of the International Association of Papermakers and Artists (IAPMA);
Artist and exhibition organiser. Lives in Bristol, England. (170km W. of London)
Born, Hereford, England. Art training in Hereford College of Art, Brighton College of Art. Additional studies at London University Department of Education. Teacher of Art and English from 1961-1976. From that time to the end of 1993 concentrated on paintings, linocuts and etchings. Since 1994 has produced monotypes, relief prints and collagraphs from wood and found materials. Also makes artists books and artworks with recycled and hand cast paper. Since 1987, director of Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol.
Researcher, Exhibition Selector
Has contributed to: Artists Newsletter; Print Quarterly; Printmaking Today. Participant as member of selection jury for exhibitions in England, Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Yugoslavia. (Details listed separately)
Works in Public Collections
Victoria and Albert Museum; National Art Library; Tate Britain, Library; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Bristol City Museum; National Library, Paris; Museum of Art, Portland, USA; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; Brunico Civic Museum, Italy; Kaliningrad Art Gallery, Russia; Galerie Stuki, Lodz, Poland; Pan Asia Paper Museum, Jeonju, S. Korea, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan, National Museum of Taipei, Taiwan; National Museum of Heilongzhang, Harbin, China and other public collections in England, Scotland, Ireland, Slovakia, Russia and Egypt.
2015 - Original Prints. Bankside Gallery, London. Printmaking Today prize.
2015 - The Guanlan, China, International Print Prize. One of eleven prize winners.
2013 – Royal Academy (London)Summer Exhibition. Prize for Printmaking 2010 – International Small Prints. Guangzhou, (China) - Joint first prize
2010 - Gallery of University of Istanbul, Turkey. Award of Excellence
2008 - Imprint, 2008 First Triennial, Warsaw. First Prize
2007 - Krakow International Print Triennial. Lifetime Achievement Award and Medal
2006 – Originals, Mall Galleries, London. Printmaking Today Prize (Joint)
2003 – British Open Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. Intaglio Prize
2001 – British Open Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
John Purcell Paper Prize.
2000 – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Open Exhibition.
Create Centre Prize
1997 – Open Exhibition at School House Gallery, Bath. Prize for paper work
1996 – Turning the Page, Book Arts Exhibition, Hawaii, USA
Honolulu Printmakers Award
1996 – British Open Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Wookey Hole Papermill Prize
1995 – The International World of Ex-libris, Belgrade. Prize
(18 other prizes awarded since 1977)
2004 - Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust, project award.
2004 - The Lark Trust, Travel Award (Korea).
2000 – Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. Research Award for MADE IN JAPAN,
Japanese paperworks exhibition.
2000 - Visiting Arts. Project research award (Russia).
1997 - SW Arts Training Grant; Visiting Arts Development Grant;
Gane Charitable Trust Training Grant, (Canada).
1992 - Arts Council Project Development Travel Grant (Poland).
2014 – May/June. Ningbo Museum of Art, China. Artist in Residence 2013 – Aug/Sept. Guanlan Printmaking base, Guangzhou
2012 – October/November – Guanlan Print Base,, Guandong, China
2009 – October,. Guanlan Print Base, Guandong, China
1999 – (September) Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester
1999 & 2000 – (July) Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford
1996 - (February) Boise State University, Idaho, USA
1993 - (Jan/Feb) Openshaw Print Residency, Lowick House, Cumbria
International Group Exhibitions Since the seventies has had work selected for many international exhibitions.
Recent Group Exhibitions Recent Solo Exhibitions
2014 – Di Carta/Papermade. Schio, Vicenza, Italy
2013 – Royal Academy (London) Summer Exhibition
2013 – Drawn. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2012 – Reigning Cats and Dogs – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010 – Open Photography – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010 – Celebrating Paper - Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2009 - Royal Academy, London. (RA) Summer Exhibition
2009 - Kowalsky Gallery, London. 1984
2008 - RWA, Bristol. Through the Lens. Open Photography
2008 - Kowalsky Gallery, London. Romance
2008 - Barry Keene Gallery, Henley on Thames. President’s Choice
2006 – Colour and Chemistry – Sherborne, Dorset
2006 – 6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition (Dumfries and touring)
2005 – Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2005 – What is Big? Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2004/05/06 - Originals. National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2013 – Making Waves. Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol
2012 - Chance and Choice I – Stancomb Wills Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2012 – Retrospective – Liu Shou Hai Gallery, Tianjin, China
2010 – Chance and Choice I – Milner Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2008 - University of Wales, Cardiff (UWIC) Inventions and Discoveries
2007 - New Gallery, RWA Inventions and Discoveries
2006 – Borderlines. Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2003 - Sightlines. Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol
2002 – Beyond the Surface. Printspace Gallery, London
Exhibition organiser at Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol, since 1987
Six thematic exhibitions organised for the Royal West of England Academy including
Celebrating Paper, Open Photography, Open Print, Reigning Cats and Dogs,
More than 50 exhibitions organised featuring artworks on paper, from Poland, Russia, Bulgaria
South Korea, India and Japan, some toured in UK