Peter Ford - Artist
Biography - Curating
 
Summary    Resumé    Curating
     
 

Experience as Exhibition Selector and Curator includes:

REIGNING CATS AND DOGS
Reigning Cats & Dogs
A themed exhibition with contributions from 60 British and International artists

7th RWA OPEN PRINT
7th RWA Open Print
Masako Seo - Deep Forest.
One of the nine invited artists in this otherwise open exhibition

OPEN PRINT
Open Print

The poster above features the work of Marilène Oliver (courtesy of Beaux Arts Gallery, London). Peter was invited to coordinate the Royal West of England Academy’s triennial exhibition for 2004.  More international artists were included than previously, through the open submission or by invitation.  Venue magazine cited it as the Exhibition of the Year in Bristol.

 

 

 

 

THE BOOK GARDEN
The Book Garden

A collaborative venture with artists from St Petersburg, bringing together recent artists’ books from Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania.  Certainly the only exhibition of its kind seen in England.  It was the opening exhibition in 1995 for the re-launch of the John Rylands Library, Manchester, after major renovation works.  The subsequent tour included Swansea, Aberystwyth, (Wales) and Rye, Sussex.

 

 

 

 

ALL CREATURES SMALL
All Creatures Small

A touring exhibition.

An international collection, begun in 1995, of artworks on paper – etchings, wood engravings, artists books, plus poems – making use of insects and small life forms as motifs. The idea originated from his own insect patterned pages.  The exhibition was successfully shown in a dozen venues, including Hereford, Bristol, Saffron Walden, Peterborough and Shetland.

 

 

Year
Exhibition

CELEBRATING PAPER
Celebrating Paper
38 British and International artists’ work on and with paper.
Babel Tower by Tina Hill

First RWA Open Photography
First RWA Open Photography
Overworked. – Peter Ford
photo-etching, mezzotint and engraving.
This exhibition included 6 invited artists
and over 400 works in all.

 

MADE IN JAPAN
Made In Japan

This exhibition, for Japan 2001 - the UK-wide Festival of Japanese arts and culture  - opened at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery in September of that year.  Two years of preparation were involved which included travel to Edmonton, Krakow and Belgrade as well as to Japan. It was organised in collaboration with the Department of Asian Arts and Culture at Bristol City Museum.  The exhibition was also presented in London (Bankside Gallery), Kettering and Lincoln.

 

 

A TIME OF TRANSITION
A Time Of Transition

The catalogue cover features a lithograph by Boris Zabirokhin.  The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Department of Fine Art at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and showed etchings, mezzotints and lithographs from Russia and Ukraine.  It was the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind presented in Britain up to that time.  It toured the UK from 1992 to 1995 and was seen in six other venues including the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and Bankside Gallery, London.

 



MAKING LINKS
Making Links

A survey exhibition which brought together in 1988 representative selections of recent etchings, engravings and mezzotints from East Germany (DDR), USSR, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland. This was partly derived from his visits to Poland and East Berlin and meetings with artists.  This exhibition was shown in Walsall Museum and Art Gallery; Brunel University Gallery, Uxbridge; Crawford Art Centre, St Andrew’s, Scotland and Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol.

 

 

2013 Reigning Cats and Dogs – Royal West of England Academy
2010 Celebrating Paper – Royal West of England Academy
2009 Royal West of England Academy 7th Open Print Exhibition. Curator
2008 Royal West of England Academy First Open Photography Exhibition. Curator
2005

Size Matters International art on paper. Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Curator.

2004

Open Print Exhibition.  Royal West of England Academy. Curator.

2003

Originals. National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. 
Jury member.

2003

5th British International Miniature Print Exhibition.  Dumfries, Scotland. Jury member

2001

Made in Japan. Japanese art on paper and with paper. Joint curator with Department of Asian Art and Culture, Bristol City Museum.

1999

Relativities – 4th British International Miniature Print Exhibition. Jury member.

1999

Taunton Open Drawing Exhibition. Jury member.

1999

Golden Pen of Belgrade.
 International Biennale of Illustration. Chairman of jury.

1999

National Open Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. Jury member.

1998

5th Kaliningrad Biennale of Easel Graphics, Russia. Member of prize-awarding jury.

1997

The 5th International Art Triennale.
 Majdanek State Museum, Lublin, Poland. Jury member.

1996

3rd International Miniature Print Exhibition. Bristol. Chairman of jury.

1995

The Book Garden.  Artists’ Books from Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania.  John Ryland’s Library, Manchester.
In collaboration with artists in St Petersburg. Joint curator.

1995

Printmakers Council Open Print Exhibition, London. Jury member.

1994

2nd British National Open Print Exhibition, London. Jury member.

1994

Second British International Miniature Print Exhibition, Bristol. Chairman of jury.

1992

A Time of Transition.  Contemporary printmaking from Russia and Ukraine.  Joint curator with Bristol City Museum Department of Fine Art.

1992

Interprint II, International Print Biennale, Lviv, Ukraine. Jury member.

1992

2nd Biennale of Easel Graphics, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Member of prize-awarding jury.

1988

Making Links - Printmaking from Central and Eastern Europe. Curator.
Off-Centre Gallery, Bristol; toured in UK and to Boise State University (BSU), Idaho, USA.