Mr Ken Ford - Doctor of Letters
Leicester-born, internationally acclaimed sculptor who won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1955
The sculptor Ken Ford, RCA, has been a professional artist since 1955. Educated at Gateway School, Leicester, and the Leicester College of Art & Design, he went on to the Royal College of Art in London, where he was awarded a first class honours degree and scholarship for a further year. At the age of 13 years he was the youngest person to win a gold medal in the Sir Jonathan North Endowment Scheme.
He also studied at the British School in Rome, where he won the Prix de Rome in 1955. That year his work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and the Palazzo Venezia in Rome.
Ken Ford was Head of Sculpture at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) from 1967 to 1988, and was appointed Director of Studies for the first CNAA PhD in Fine Art: The Development of Kinetic Sculpture by the Utilisation of Solar Energy.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Elisabeth Frink School of Sculpture, Stoke on Trent. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including at the University of Leicester’s annual summer exhibition of sculpture in the Botanic Garden, Oadby, this year entitled: ‘Heart, Head and Hands’.
In 2002 he mounted a large exhibition covering ten years of his work, entitled ‘Ken Ford Sculpture’ at the Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland, with a catalogue by Terry Cavanagh, art historian and sculpture specialist.
In 2003 Ken Ford was guest artist with Smith Union Painters at the Mall Galleries in London and in 2005 he had an exhibition at the home of Jonathan Nicholls and Susan Rasmussen, Leamington Spa.
Press Comment: “I feel greatly honoured by the award of this degree.
“My links with Leicester are:
"In 1972-82 the University of Leicester gave valued assistance through Professors Prichard and Holland to the research project: The Development of Kinetic Sculpture by the Utilisation of Solar Energy.
“2001 – As Far as the Eye Can See, curated by Alan Caine, the Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester (Now Embrace Arts)
“2007 – Working with Terry Cavanagh, graduate of the University of Leicester and art historian with sculpture specialisation, to create a Catalogue Raisonné of my sculpture output to date.”
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