Ros Ford RWA, ARE is a painter and printmaker. She initially studied Art & Design at Bristol College of Art before gaining an MA in Printmaking from Chelsea School of Art. In 2008 she returned to The University of West of England Bristol and gained a further MA in Multidisciplinary printmaking

She has taught in schools and colleges, worked as an artist in overseas development projects for VSO and initiated and run many different art projects for people of all ages. The focus of her work is now printmaking.

She is an elected Associate member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, London.

Her work has been shown in galleries across the UK, is in a number of important collections and has won national prizes and awards.

Her recent etchings are based on hidden industrial landscapes close to her home and studio. She makes drawings and photographs on location that she then develops into series of prints and paintings.

Qualifications include

2008

MA Multidisciplinary Print, University of the West of England (merit)

1974

BA Art and Design, Bristol Art College 2.1

1975

MA fine art printmaking, Chelsea Art school

1976

Art Teachers Certificate, Brighton

 

Work in Public Collections

2017

Bristol University

2016

Royal West of England Academy

2009

Royal West of England Academy

2007

Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

2006

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

2004

Bath Royal United Hospital

 

Artist Residencies

2012

Swansea Print Workshop – Drawn to Print

1998-99

Leigh Court Farm, Bristol – A year recording an organic horticulture and walled garden restoration project

 

Awards/Prizes

2016

Elected as an  Academician to the Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

2015

Teresa Knowles Travel Bursary, to spend time in Italy making work. Prize from Drawn exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2014

Shortlisted for John Ruskin Drawing Prize

2013

Prize winner Wells Art Contemporary 2013

2012

Selected as ARE (Associate of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers)

2009

RWA Open Print exhibition purchase prize

2009

Joseph Webb ARE Commemorative Fund Award from RE

2008

The Rebecca Smith Fine Art Prize, University of the West of England

2002

International travel award to research a Journey in Egypt – South West Arts

1998

Bristol/Guadalajara Printmaking exchange travel to Mexico -British Council.

1997

One of five Konicus artists group – A4E Arts Council grant

 

Exhibitions include

2017

TRACE, Bankside Gallery, London

2017

Drawn – the RWA, Bristol

2016

The Masters – Intaglio Printmaking Bankside Gallery, London

2016

164th RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2016

Wells Art Contemporary, the Bishops Palace, Wells

 2016

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

 2016

RWA@The Atkinson, Millfield, Street, an exhibition of Royal West of England Academicians elected over the past 5 years.

 2016

Summer Exhibition, the Royal Academy, London. Room VII work no 749: Footbridge, Sparke Evans Park, etching and aquatint

 2016

RE Original Prints 2016, Bankside Gallery,  London

 2016

London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London. Exhibiting with Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

 2016

Impress ’16 Printmaking Festival, Stroud. Drawn to Print at The Printmakers Gallery

2015

163rd Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), candidate for election as an RWA Academician,  the Fedden Gallery, (downstairs)

2015

Binôme, une rencontre franco-anglaise; Binôme, a franco-british encounter, Gallery 93/39 Romainville, Paris. Printmakers from studios in Paris and Bristol collaboration exhibition

2015

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London (next to Tate Modern)

2015

Summer Exhibition, RA (Royal Academy), London

2015

RE Originals, Bankside Gallery, London

2015

Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2014

Recording Britain Now, partnering V & A Exhibition Recording Britain, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield

2014

Summer Exhibition, RA (Royal Academy), London

2014

R E Original Prints – Annual Members Exhibition, (Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers )Bankside Gallery, London

 2014

Etching the Landscape, Royal United Hospital, Bath

2013-4

Autumn Exhibition, RWA (Royal West of England Academy), Bristol

2013

Tres Talleres Ingleses: Veintiúno Ponots  de Devista, Cuba

2013

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells

2013

Summer Exhibition, RA (Royal Academy), London

2013

Drawn 2013, RWA (Royal West of England Academy), Bristol

2013

Drawn to Print, The Cove Gallery, Swansea and Spike Print Studio, Bristol

2012

R E Open Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Exhibition, London

2012

Autumn Exhibition, RWA (Royal West of England Academy), Bristol

2012

DIPTYCH : A COLLABORATION, University of West of England

2011

Summer Exhibition, RA (Royal Academy), London

2011

Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol

2011

Bite, Print exhibition, Mall Gallery, London

2010

Originals ’10, Mall Gallery, London

2009

Drawing in Printmaking, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath

2009

Perspectives, Black Swan Gallery, Frome (solo)

2009

IMPRESS ‘09, National Printmaking Festival, Stroud

2009

Open Print Exhibition, RWA, Bristol

2009

Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside, London

2009 – 13

Hidden Impact : Prints in the City, Temple Meads Station, Bristol

2008

Future MAsters, UWE (University of the West of England)

2008

Through the Lens, open photography exhibition, RWA, Bristol

2008

Originals ‘08 printmaking exhibition, The Mall Gallery, London

2007

From a Modern Land, Bolton Museum & Art Gallery, Bolton (solo)

2007

Autumn exhibition, RWA, Bristol

2007

Re_turn, Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo

2005

A journey in Egypt, the Art Gym, Hengrove, Bristol (solo)

1998-2005

Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery -Egyptology display (solo)

2003

Fruits, vegetables, flowers, Bath Royal United Hospital (solo)

2000

A Garden in Transition, the CREATE Centre Gallery, Bristol (solo)

1998

Egyptian Embassy Culture & Education Bureau, London (solo)

1996

Lady of the West, Konicus artists Gallery, Bristol (solo)

1995

Moving Lives, The British Council, Cairo, Egypt (solo)

1993

Still Lives Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (solo)

2004

The Garden, painted and Engraved, Wine St. Gallery, Devizes

2004

Open Printmaking, RWA, Bristol

2003

Heartworks, Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath

2001-13

FRONT ROOM, exhibition Bristol

2002

Imagining the book, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

2000

Painters Abroad, Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, Bath

1998

Egyptian Embassy Culture & Education Bureau London (solo)

1997/8

Bristol/Guadalajara Printmaking exchange Bristol and Mexico

1997

Five artists from Konicus, Leigh Court, Bristol

 

Commissions/ events include

2015

Binôme, une rencontre franco-anglaise; Binôme, a franco-british encounter, Paris – a collaboration between printmakers from studios in Paris and Bristol

2012

City Running, Bristol (funded by Arts Council England with MAYK)

2003-14

Private garden painting and etching commissions

2009

Mural, Bloomfield Care Centre, Paulton, North Somerset

2003

Changes : Memory Palette commissioned by North East Somerset Arts

2001-2

Bike cut up by… sponsored by Howies and Foulds -Inside Space London

 

Teaching experience includes

2010 – 14

Etching tutor, Spike Print Studio, Bristol

2009 – 14

Drawing and Print tutor, Bristol Drawing School

2012

Etching and photopolymer workshops, Swansea Print Workshop

2009

Adult drawing workshops, Black Swan, Frome

2009

Primary school drawing workshops, art week, Frome

2007

Primary school workshops, Bolton

1997-13

Tutor, drawing, painting & printmaking courses and workshops, Bristol, Mexico City, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales

1994-95

Facilitator art workshops for children – the British Council, Cairo, Egypt

1997-2000

Visiting lecturer – department of Textiles & Surface pattern BA course, Somerset College of Arts & Technology, Taunton, Somerset

1976- 86

Art and design secondary school teacher – Wiltshire/Bristol

 

Work with Arts and Development organisations include:

2017 –

Council representative RE (Royal Society of Painter- Printmakers)

2017 –

Council representative RWA (Royal West of England Academy)

2009 –13

Committee member, Spike Print Studio, Bristol

2009

Co-ordinator, HIDDEN IMPACT: prints in the city, Bristol

2003-4

Committee member, Open Studios for Bristol, Arts Council South West

2004

Mentor, Old Bakery Artists open Studios, Radstock with NESA (North East Somerset Arts)

2003

Co-ordinator Chew Valley Arts Trail

2001/2/3

Founder and co-ordinator FRONT ROOM exhibition/art trail, Totterdown Bristol

1989-95

Co-founder, director, trainer, ACT (Appropriate Communication Techniques), a NGO (non governmental development organisation) Cairo, Egypt

1987-89

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), Egypt

Archive

Ros with press

Throughout her career Ros Ford has made a wide variety of paintings and prints  including many about Egypt, trees, gardens and  travel.

View the Archive

 

Links

Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

BV studios, Bristol

Spike Print Studio

Bristol Drawing School

Swansea Print Workshop

Welsh Onions and Going to Work paintings